Rice Bowls with Vietnamese Meatballs

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We love rice bowls and our dinner often ends up looking like the above photograph.  This meatball recipe was recently featured in the San Jose Mercury as part of a Vietnamese meatball sandwich (banh mi) and gets made a bunch around here.

Served with toothpicks, these meatballs would be great for a cocktail party as well.  Since we make them in the oven, the mess is minimal.  A fried or boiled egg would make this rice bowl even yummier! Continue reading

2017 Summer Camp!

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We’ve plunged right into the New Year, with teaching, planning and cooking, and we are more excited than ever to launch our summer camp for this year.

Join us for lots more food, cooking and culture: younger kids (entering 1st thru 4th grades) will explore world cuisines from Greece, to Cuba, to Malaysia and older kids (entering 4th thru 7th grades) will take inspiration from celebrated local chefs. We hope to see you this summer!
Click the links below to register or get complete camp details by visiting www.alittleyum.com/camp/.

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Happy Holidays & See You Next Year

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It’s amazing how fast this year has gone by.  Someone said to me recently that the years seem to whiz by faster as one gets older – that’s so true.  We are hoping to keep it slow and simple these holidays, to pause and reflect, and think about how to make ourselves better, and by extension the world better.

We are also looking forward to next year and all the cooking fun we have planned with little ones and grown-ups.  There are many new ideas and plans we have up our sleeves, and hopefully some of them will work out.  Meanwhile, please note the dates below if your kids can join us, we’d love to cook with them.


Jan. 16, 2017 — MLK, JR. HOLIDAY CAMP: “AMERICAN CLASSICS” 

How would your kids like to spend the day cooking great American classics to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?  Your kiddos will learn to cook Americana favorites from classic mac and cheese to apple pie.…. and with a nod of our ever-changing country and food traditions, we will also have fun creating a modern-fusion version of each dish to serve alongside the original. 

Jan. 17, 2017 — Asian Noodle Bowls

Join us for day of the ultimate comfort food – Asian Noodle Bowls and some other favorites from Asian restaurants.

Feb 9 & Feb 10, 2017 — “Everyday Indonesian” at 18 Reasons
Learn how to create a true and truly good Indonesian meal at home! This is a menu you can whip up fairly quickly when you tire of your nightly routine, or when you want to impress some friends for a casual gathering.

SUMMER CAMP 2017
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We’d love to be part of your summer plans. Registration for 2017 Summer Camps will go live in January.  In the meantime, Save the Date! All camps will run 9am-3pm and take place in SF/Noe Valley:

  • Jul 10-14, 2017 : Cook the Cookbook: Bay Area chefs (entering 4th-7th grades)
  • July 17-21, 2017 : Cook the Cookbook: Bay Area chefs (entering 4th-7th grades)
  • July 24-28, 2017: Around the World (entering 1st-4th grades)
  • July 31-August 4, 2017: Around the World (entering 1st-4th grades)

If you would like to be notified when registration goes live, please join our mailing list HERE.

Happy Holidays!

MLK Day Cooking Camp – American Classics

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How would your kids like to spend the day cooking great American classics to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?  Your kiddos will learn to cook Americana favorites from classic mac and cheese to apple pie.…. and with a nod of our ever-changing country and food traditions, we will also have fun creating a modern-fusion version of each dish to serve alongside the original.
 
Registration link: https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/558 – – 1st to 6th Grade
 
Even if you have the day off – send your kids to cook with us and enjoy a child-free, relaxing day by yourself!

Easy Weeknight Cooking: Asian Fish Parcels

asian-fish-parcels_blog-2This super easy recipe is one that our kids can make by themselves in the kitchen.  And easy in this case, doesn’t mean lacking in taste at all.  It’s the perfect combination of French technique (“en papillote) and Asian ingredients.  It’s kind of an origami project for the kids to wrap up the fish in foil or parchment.  The drama of opening the packets table-side always impresses everyone.  You can omit the chile paste if you want to, to make the dish more palatable to little taste buds.  Happy weekend!

Check out the recipe on San Jose’s Mercury’s Quick Dinner Weeknight Cooking section……

Upcoming Cooking Day Camps

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Photo by TPM Photography

With summer behind us, we’re looking forward to more culinary adventures this fall when schools are out for teacher training, parent teacher conferences and public holidays.  We’ll be exploring the cuisines of India (think Indian Street Food and an Indian Tea Party!), Japanese food through the amazing cuisine of Harumi Kurihara, the cuisine of Thailand and the unique food traditions of Scandinavia.

Hope your kids can join us for some of the day camps below, or let us know if you’re interested in organizing a class around your school’s schedule. [We love cooking with parents too….evening cooking classes, parents’ night out activities, etc.] Email us at alittleyum@yahoo.com.

Indian Street Food (Oct 10) – 2nd to 6th grades

Indian Tea Party (Oct 11) – K-3rd grades

Indian Street Food (Oct 12):  2nd to 6th grades

Food of Scandinavia (Nov 2): 1st to 5th grades

Flavors of Thailand (Nov 3): 1st to 5th grades

Indian Street Food (Nov 4): 1st to 5th grades

Great Chefs of the World – Japanese Cuisine – Harumi Kurihara (Nov 10th) – 1st to 5th grades

Flavors of Thailand (Nov 11): 1st to 5th  grades

See you In September!

See you in Spetember

It’s been a busy and exciting summer of cooking camps, recipe development, writing and other yummy projects and we’re feeling luckier than ever to be doing what we love to do! High fives and hugs to all our amazing campers and junior counselors for the enthusiasm and creativity. We are taking some much needed time off to recharge and find inspiration through travel and cooking with friends, family and our children.

Reach out to us at alittleyum@yahoo.com if you would like us to organize a day camp when you children’s school is out for a random day here and there, a private cooking class, a birthday party or if you want to develop easy, international family friendly recipes for you. Below are links for some day camps we are conducting in late Summer and Fall.  Hope your kids and their friends can join us!  (please note, age ranges for all camps are a little different, based on organizer and interest)

Food of Hawaii (Aug 22) – https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/284
Food of Scandinavia (Aug 23) – https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/557
The Food of Vietnam (Aug 29):   https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1013
Great Chefs: Ina Garten (Aug 30)https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1014
Indian Street Food (Oct 10): https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1015
Food of Scandinavia (Nov 2): https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1018
Flavors of Thailand (Nov 3):  https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1019
Indian Street Food (Nov 4): https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1020
Flavors of Thailand (Nov 11): https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/1017
Our first of several cooking classes for grown-ups with be at 18 Reasons featuring Indian Breads – hope you can join us :  https://18reasons.org/classes-events/2016-09-13/indian-breadmaking-ii

Currently Craving – Della Fattoria’s Avocado Toast

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Della Fattoria’s avocado toast takes the concoction to a new level – crispy, toasty Della bread topped with perfectly ripe, super thinly sliced avocado.  Topped with some purple sprouts, salt and pepper and olive oil.  A totally luscious, gorgeous, work of art – almost too beautiful to eat….. Continue reading

Cool Summer Treats: Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Summer is here and when we saw this recipe on one of our favorite blogs, we could not resist trying it out almost immediately.  Made famous by Serendipity Cafe in NYC, this “frozen hot chocolate” is basically a home-made ice blended.  It’s an easy recipe, one that the kids can make by themselves, start to finish (that includes clean-up!).  I suspect we will be making these frozen hot chocolates a few more times before the summer is over.  The portion below in the recipe is (too) small, and given the popularity of the end product, do double or triple the recipe!  Great icy treat to add to your summer repertoire…. Continue reading

Kids in the Kitchen: Weekend Pancakes

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How times flies – the children are now old enough to make weekend pancakes all by themselves.  It’s bittersweet.  It’s all moving too fast, and everyone is growing up too rapidly.  Before long, we will be old and decrepit , and our kids will be making pancakes for us and wiping the syrup off our faces. 🙂

This is a neat cooking project for children on a weekend.  We had excess buttermilk lying around from making Brown Butter Cobbler from earlier in the week –  and Ria after watching “Just Eat It” is a bit obsessed with reducing food waste (yay!, or she just wanted pancakes) – came up with the idea to make “Buttermilk Pancakes”.  We googled and the Google Gods sent us a fabulous recipe from Martha Stewart.  Somehow, chocolate chips made their way into the pancakes and instead of syrup, we used some lovely Hawaiian Macadamia nut honey that we procured from Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes (awesome Food Find!).  The honey and the buttermilk pancakes (without the chocolate chips), were a match made in heaven. Continue reading