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).

Hope you can join us – tickets at this linkFYI:Photo above is from another pop-up. Continue reading

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

A Little Yumminess Summer Camp 2016!

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We’re so excited that it’s time to start thinking about our A Little Yumminess Around the World summer camp, one of our favorite parts of the year.

For younger kids (entering 1st through 3rd grades in 20016) we’re bringing back our popular “Cooking Around the World” themed camp. Each day we’ll visit a different country  or region. We’ll explore a diversity of flavors and practice lots of cooking skills while we make a tasty spread of globally themed snacks and lunch each day. We’ll also have time for guided ingredient tastings, crafts, kitchen science and other fun, foodie activities.  It’s always amazing to see what kids, even this young, can do in the kitchen and how much energy and creativity they bring to the final dishes that we make together.

For our older campers (entering 3rd through 6th grades) we’ll focus on global flavors through cooking projects inspired by great chefs.  Each day campers will create a meal from concept to execution and will gain practical meal planning, budgeting, shopping, cooking and presentation skills along the way. The last day will be a friendly cook-off where campers can put the skills they’ve learned to work.

We’ll also be joined throughout the summer by guests chefs who will share their expertise and enthusiasm for cooking and eating well.

Here are basic details for all 4 sessions, please click over to our “Summer Camp 2016” page for more information. We hope to see your young, budding cooks this summer!

For All Sessions:

  • Location:  Bethany United Methodist Church (Sanchez Street at Clipper in Noe Valley, San Francisco)
  • $495 per session ($445 plus $50 materials fee)

“GREAT CHEFS”

“AROUND THE WORLD”

If none of the sessions work for you this year – please email us at alittleyum@yahoo.com and ask to be put on our mailing list for next year and other events throughout the year.

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Upcoming Cooking Classes at Cavallo Point, 18 Reasons and Ramekins

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We find ourselves teaching not just kids and teenagers, but also grown-ups at various amazing locations around the Bay Area and Wine Country.  This Fall we have quite the line up of classes and pop-ups coming up (click through for ticketing information and do join us if you can):

We are also using the Fall to tinker with new recipes and develop more amazing classes and conduct more pop-ups.  If you have any ideas for us or want to collaborate on a private event, drop us a line at alittleyum@yahoo.com or keep checking back on the “Classes” tab of our website. Continue reading

See You In A Few Weeks

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We have had an amazing summer doing what we love most – cooking with kids and exploring different cultures and countries with them.  With our summer camps behind us, we are taking some time off to recharge, get our creative juices flowing again and will be back and ready-to-go after Labor Day.  Meanwhile, with the last few days of summer break ahead of us, do get cooking and experimenting in the kitchen with your kiddos, before the back to school craziness starts up.

After we are back, we have a bunch of cooking classes and pop-ups coming up at venues all over the Bay Area – Ramekins, 18 Reasons and Cavallo Point.  In addition, the cooking with kids will continue with a teen immersion course at 18 Reasons, day camps, sessions at schools and other private events.  Do get in touch if you need us to plan something special for you or your kiddos – or both together, we’d love to work with you!

Yum Camp Foods

Just a tiny sampling of what we cooked this summer with our campers.

Kids in the Kitchen: A Birthday Cake for Grandpa

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As the munchkin gets older, I am increasingly on the lookout for recipes that kids can pretty much cook all by themselves.  It is amazing how time flies and I remember when we first started cooking together, she could not do much at all, except make a big mess. 🙂  These days she can make a simple cake by herself and help me cut vegetables, among many other things.  I cannot wait for the day when she can make an entire meal by herself – and clean up the mess, while I sit around and watch TV or read a book.  How’s that for a role reversal?

This cake from Bon Appetit magazine caught my eye right away when I saw it in the magazine.  We have made it a couple of times already (and we are not a family of bakers), but this last time when we made it for grandpa’s birthday, the little one made it (almost) all by herself.  She gathered all the equipment and ingredients, measured everything and followed all the instructions.  I helped with lining the baking tin and getting the cake in and out of the oven and a little bit of the clean-up.  The rest she managed by herself.  Needless to say, Ria could make the world’s worst cake and grandpa would still love it. 🙂 Fortunately, this moist, light cake was a super hit and “Nanu” was touched.
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Upcoming Class at 18 Reasons: Flavors of India – Home Cooking Basics

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There’s not much Stacie and I enjoy more than cooking together, learning recipes from moms and dads and developing recipes and cooking classes (and of course teaching them!).  We have a brand new cooking class coming up at one of our favorite venues – 18 Reasons – in May, and it is going to focus on every day Indian home cooking – the stuff we eat at home that you will not get in a restaurant. 🙂

We have learned over the years that Indian spices and Indian cooking mystifies people.  As much as people love Indian food, most prefer to eat it out, versus learn how to cook it themselves.  Unfortunately, in my humble opinion, the Indian food at home is far superior to almost anything you can find in a restaurant (I also had the good fortune of growing up in a family of AMAZING cooks).  Ask me what my favorite Indian restaurant is in San Francisco (a very common question), and you will catch me looking befuddled and searching desperately for (a polite) answer.  That’s because my mama makes the best Indian food and no restaurant (in San Francisco) compares.

Here are the details for our Indian home-cooking class – we are SUPER excited about it.  Tickets at this link.

Flavors of India: Home Cooking Basics

  • 18 Reasons in San Francisco
  • Sunday, May 17th – 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Love Indian food, but haven’t tried cooking it at home yet? Want to spice up your family dinners with some new flavors? Learn Indian home cooking basics to get yourself started: from essential spices, Indian food made easy enough to cook everyday and tips on cooking techniques like tempering, working with dough and making your own spice mixes.

  • Mom’s Everyday Channa Dhal
  • Shrimp “Curry in a Hurry”
  • Indian-Spiced Creamed Spinach
  • Spiced-Roasted Cauliflower
  • Turkey Chappali Kebabs
  • Carrot Raita
  • Coriander Chutney
  • Home-made Madras Curry Powder
  • Paranthas
  • Masala Chai & treat

Summer Camp 2015 Registration is Open

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We’re so excited that it’s time to start thinking about our A Little Yumminess Around the World summer camp, one of our favorite parts of the year. Registration is now open and we expect slots to fill up fast, so do sign up right away if you’re interested.  We are almost half-full already from early registration for returning campers with several campers coming back for the third time!!

We’re bringing back our popular “Cooking Around the World” camp for younger kids during which we’ll visit a different country each day and cook our own snacks and lunch. We’ll also have time for some crafts, kitchen science and other food and culture and community service-related activities.  It’s always amazing to see what kids, even this young, can do in the kitchen and how much energy and creativity they bring to the final dishes that we make together. We’re devoting two sessions this summer to a slightly new format for older kids (entering 3rd through 5th). We’ve picked “Great Cities” as our theme and our campers will not only be learning about and cooking food from around the world, they will be planning and executing the menu from start to finish. In addition to hands-on cooking, they’ll have the chance to choose the menu, plan and shop. It’s going to be great fun and we having a blast developing the curriculum.

We’ve put much thought into creating the kind of camp that we’d love to send our own kids to, so we keep our camps small in size (maximum 21 campers) and teach each camp ourselves with the help of our trusted and experienced staff along with a few amazing junior counselors (to find out about our junior counselor program for kids entering 7th grade and up, email us at alittleyum@yahoo.com).

Throughout the week we will also have guest presenters including our favorite folks from Bernal Cutlery who will lead a knife skills session and our dear friend, blogger and self-proclaimed curd-nerd Anya Soltero, who will lead a Cheese 101 session.

Here are basic details for all 3 sessions, please click over to our “camps” page for more information. We hope to see your young, budding cooks this summer!

  • Time: 9am-3pm (early & extended care are not available)
  • Cost: $475 per session ($425 + $50 materials fee, snacks and lunch provided each day)
  • Location: Marin Preparatory School (Diamond at 18th Street in San Francisco)
  • Session 1: 6/22/15 – 6/26/15 –  Entering Grades 3-5, “Great Cities of the World: Paris, Tokyo, Barcelona, Rome, San Francisco” – Click here to register
  • Session 2: 7/27/15 – 7/31/15 – Entering Grades 1-4, “Cooking Around the World: Italy, India, Middle East, Mexico, Hawaii” – Click here to register
  • Session 3: 8/3/15 – 8/7/15 – Entering Grades 3-5, “Great Cities of the World: Paris, Tokyo, Barcelona, Rome, San Francisco” – Click here to register

If none of the sessions work for you this year – please email us at alittleyum@yahoo.com and ask to be put on our mailing list for next year and other events throughout the year.

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Cheese-making for Kids at 18 Reasons

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It sure is good to be a kid these days.  Amazing summer camps, parents shuttling you from one fun activity to another and now this super-fun cheese-making session with San Francisco’s very own milkmaid – Louella Hill.  We recently met Louella at a potluck party and she showed up with some gorgeous cheeses to share, all that she made by herself!  They were spectacular and we are in awe of her cheese-making skills.  She is offering, what I am sure will be very informative and fun class home cheese-making class, on February 8th at our favorite foodie venue in San Francisco, 18 Reasons.  Unfortunately our kiddos cannot make it, but if you are around and available, you must sign your kids up!

In two fun-filled hours, you’ll learn about chemistry and food history as you magically turn milk into curds and whey. While that recipe drains, you’ll have a ball making braids and lassos out of just-stretched mozzarella. Plus you head home with your very own cheese project to complete. Continue reading

Apple Tasting for Fall

Apple Tasting 1Inspired by all the colorful varieties of apples in the market right now, we did our own apple tasting this week. There are a lot of lesson plans and educational exercises for apple tasting (google “apple tasting kids” or search on Pinterest — you’ll find a ton). You can make predictions, comparisons, even weave writing and graphing into it if you like. Maybe one day we’ll do a more scientific version of this, but for now we were happy just to keep it simple. We cut up our apples, labeled them A, B, C, D, E and captured a few broadstroke impressions as we sampled and each picked our favorite at the end. The kids absolutely loved it and it sparked some really fun and interesting conversation. My little guy has already asked when we are doing this again. Continue reading