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Join us for our upcoming classes in Sonoma and San Francisco:

Indian Dinner Party @ Ramekins in Sonoma on Sunday, May 20th

Mix up your dinner party repertoire and impress your guests with this Indian feast!  Step one: Start your party with some delicious bhajis (aka pakoras), battered and spiced vegetables deep fried to a golden brown. Step two: invite your guests to gather around the kitchen with some cold beer as you ply them with bhajis hot from the stove, and dipped in a refreshing chutney. Step three: take a break and drink with your guests (Simran and Stacie suggest Johnnie Walker, which is very popular in India!). Step four: when everyone is a little tipsy, serve this delicious Indian meal to soak up the alcohol, as all these dishes have been pre-cooked and are easy to keep warm. As an extra indulgence, the pooris require you to be frying at the stove, but can be skipped if you’d rather be sitting down at the table.

Flavors of India: Kashmir @ 18 Reasons on Sunday, June 3rd

A hands-on, collaborative cooking class culminating in family-style dinner served with wine and beer.

This delicious menu hails from Kashmir in Northern India — a place dubbed “heaven on earth” by the 17th-century Mughal ruler Jahangir — and will introduce you to a very special Indian regional cuisine rarely seen outside India.
Kashmir has a rich culture and history that greatly influence its cuisine. Kashmiri food is richly flavored with spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and saffron. The staple of the diet in Kashmir is rice. In addition to rice being of great importance in Kashmiri meals, other important items include mutton, chicken and fish. Aside from these non-vegetarian items, vegetables are also very important in Kashmiri cuisine. They are used along with meat to prepare some of the best combinations in Kashmiri cuisine. Some of the popular combinations include fish and lotus root, mutton and turnips, and chicken and spinach.
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Lamb Rogan Josh – Signature Lamb Curry of Kashmiri cuisine
Rajmah – Traditional Kidney Bean Stew
Haak – Leafy Greens
Dum Aloo – Fried Baby Potatoes in a Rich, Spicy Gravy
Muj Chetin Doug Dhar – Grated Radish in Yoghurt
Simple White Rice – the best with this cuisine
Kashmiri Kahwah – Kashmiri Green Tea with Almonds

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Feelin’ Brunch-y (& Lego Eggs, Bacon & Pancakes)

Happy Sunday! Here’s a food-inspired minimalist lego creation by Luca: “I thought it would be interesting to create items in the least amount of pieces. A whole breakfast in 8 pieces! Enjoy!”

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……. and while you’re enjoying this brunch creation, browse these brunch-y links from the archive. [Geez — I’m getting hungry, I think I’m in dire need of some shakshuka! :)]

 

Sunday Breakfast – Kid Style!

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(written by Ria)

This recipe was inspired by my cousins Sohum and Vertika. I was sleeping over at their house and they recommended that I put peanut butter and bananas in my oatmeal. I considered this idea and it passed the test.   I said, “Okay, let’s try it”.

After I took my first bite I thought, “Wow this is much better than I expected. Oh well, I think that I can make it better.”  That is what motivated me to do change it and make my own version with chia seed peanut butter and chocolate chips 🙂 !! Continue reading

Tiffin & a Movie – Join us on April 27!

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This is a really fun event that we are doing in a few weeks on Thursday, April 27 at 7pm. Come enjoy a delicious Indian meal made by Simran’s mom and enjoy a private screening of one of our favorite movies, “The Lunchbox”. It all takes place at 18 Reasons (18th and Dolores in SF). It’ll be a fun night out and we promise the food will be great!

TICKETS: The cost for the event is $35 for 18 Reasons members & $45 for non members. Tickets will go fast, so get yours ASAP! Click here to buy tickets.

MENU: Classic and comforting dishes typical to an Indian lunchbox, cooked just for you by Roop Soni (Simran’s mom). If you’ve been lucky enough to try Roop’s cooking at one of our classes, you know how tasty it will be! You will enjoy Roop’s famous channa dahl, spiced dry potatoes, mint raita, pickled onions, flakey parantha and chai masala!

MOVIE: A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, a neglected housewife, to Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship. Check out movie reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (it’s “96% fresh” for all you Rotten Tomatoes readers).

We hope to see you there!

 

Upcoming Events – Hope You Can Join Us!

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March 16th, 2017 – “Weeknight Indian Classics” @ 18 Reasons

If the idea of cooking Indian food from scratch in your home intimidates you, this is the class for you. In this class we will teach you to cook classic Indian dishes that come together quickly and pack a punch of flavor into your busy schedule. We’ll also introduce you to the most commonly used Indian spices and how they can be incorporated into your everyday cooking. You’ll soon be asking, “Who needs takeout?”

Thursday, 3/16/2017 (6 – 930 pm) – Click here for tickets

March 28th, 2017 – “Flavors of India – Pooris and Punjabi Curries” @ 18 Reasons

Learn about essential Indian spices, special ingredients and unique cooking techniques while we make some of Simran’s favorite family recipes. Together we’ll cook a vegetarian feast: golden, puffed pooris, two vegetarian curries, and some classic accompaniments. When served together, the dishes on this menu would be a typical Sunday family lunch in Northern India’s Punjab region, but each of the dishes on their own makes a wonderful addition to your home cooking repertoire.

Tuesday, 3/28/2017 (6 – 9pm) – Click here for tickets

April 2nd, 2017 — “Traditional Indian” at Ramekins

Join us for a menu consisting of some favorite Indian classics and you will forget about ordering Indian takeout.  The class will include an introduction to some of the spices most commonly used in Indian cooking and how the spices can be incorporated into your everyday cooking.

Sunday, 4/2/17 (3 – 6pm) — click here for tickets

April 27th, – Dinner and A Movie: The Lunchbox @ 18 Reasons

We were inspired by the Indian film “The Lunchbox” to create a classic Indian lunchbox menu to accompany our screening of the film. Join us for dinner and a movie!

Thursday, 4/27/17 (7-9pm) – click here for tickets

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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Everyday Indonesian Cooking at 18 Reasons

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We are back from the winter break – recharged and ready to go.  I usually find this time of year annoying, because everyone is so positive, resolute and gung-ho (and the gyms are exceptionally full), but this year I find myself cheerful, excited (maybe, because 2016 was just so yucky) and hoping to take on new challenges.

To kick things off – we are teaching a new format of Indonesian cooking class at 18 Reasons in February.  It’s a new format – because everyone will make every dish on the menu.  Usually at cooking classes, you just make one/two of the dishes, but during this one everyone will make everything.  We can’t wait!  Hopefully, it will be chance for you to add a whole new dimension to your everyday meals. Continue reading