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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

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

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!).

Grab your tickets from the 18 Reasons website. Continue reading

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