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

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!

Indian Tea Time Snacks Cooking Class at 18 Reasons

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As much as we love to cook with kids, periodically we teach grown-ups as well, at one of our favorite venues in San Francisco, 18 Reasons.   We hope you can join us on Nov 13th at 4 pm for a super fun Indian tea-time class.

In this hands-on cooking class, we will teach you how to make a variety of sweet and savory Indian snacks from samosas to fritters, dipping sauces and, of course, spiced chai. Along the way we’ll cover the basics of sourcing and using Indian spices and other pantry staples, as well as tricks and techniques for simplifying these classic treats. The class will culminate in a tasting of dishes made in class (= tea party!).

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See you In September!

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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

Punjabi Pop-up at 18 Reasons on June 3rd

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Gather around our family table for another unique Punjabi feast cooked by our favorite Indian mama, Roop Soni. This particular menu features an array of dishes inspired by dhabas*, the Indian equivalent of America’s 24-hour diner. These roadside restaurants serve authentic, wholesome, satisfying Punjabi food around the clock and are an integral part of culture and cuisine.

MENU

First Course
Vegetable Pakora & Chutney

Main
Dhaba-style Masala Chicken
Pahli aur Alu ki Subzi (Green Beans and Potato)
Dahl Makhani (Slow Cooked Creamy Spiced Black Lentils)
Punjabi Bhaturas (Leavened fried Indian bread)
Boondi Raita
Onions & Green Chilies

Dessert
Papajee’s Kheer (Simran’s Grandfather’s Indian Rice Pudding)

Wine and beer will be sold at an additional cost ($6 and $3 respectively). You are also welcome to BYOB (wine and beer only).

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Knife Skills for Kids with Bernal Cutlery

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We are both big fans of Bernal Cutlery and our friends Josh and Kelly who own the shop.  The are passionate about getting kids in the kitchen and have been teaching basic knife skills at our Cooking Summer Camps since we first started.  Their class below on March 13th from 10.30 am -1.30 pm for children aged 8-12 is not to be missed.

Knife Skills for Kids 8-12 year olds taught by Bernal Cutlery at 18 Reasons

Children will spend instructional time discussing knife safety and cutting rules, learn how to make simple cuts and prep a recipe. Class fee includes a 6 inch K Sabatier chef knife, carbon steel peeler and a Japanese hinoki cutting board to take home. Their idea of sending your child home with their own knife is intentional in that the conversation and skill building will continue beyond class. They hope to help families make a commitment to forge ways to cook and eat together on a regular basis. The course will also include a simple nutrition lesson; including whole grains, healthy portions and food combinations that make for healthy plates and eating habits. They will also offer tips for parents on how to get kids more engaged in cooking and eating healthy meals.  This particular class will be focused on winter greens looking forward to spring! Continue reading