Timing is a funny thing. When it’s right, it’s just right. From out of the blue, my boring Saturday plans and scheduled “get stuff done” Monday workday changed with a call from one of my favorite culinary friends, Stacie Dong.
Simran and Stacie, the genius moms and culinary instructors behind A Little Yumminess, called me one Saturday afternoon and said, “Hey Hollie, are you free on Monday for a TV segment? We can’t make it and thought you’d be great. It’s all about cooking with kids over the summer.” After I checked my calendar, did a little happy dance, and then talked with Lisa Yokota at Fox 2 News (in that order), I was on my way. A 4-minute cooking segment to help parents know what to do with their kiddos over the summer when it comes to cooking? No problem.
Channeling my inner adventurer’s spirit, I chose a recipe that I’ve used many times with kids at school events and in classes–Vietnamese Summer Rolls. They are fun, colorful, and so easy to make. More importantly, they take kids on a trip around the world to Vietnam–where it’s also hot during summer–and where they’ve mastered the way to eat light and healthy (and full of delicious flavors).
Even if your child doesn’t get the chance to attend a cooking camp this summer, like the amazing “Around the World” program Stacie and Simran run here in San Francisco, you can have some fun in the kitchen together and feel great knowing you’re encouraging a cooking activity that’s safe (no heat!), affordable, and loaded with fruits, veggies, and tons of good stuff for your little ones. Thank you to Lisa Yokota and Claudine Wong for having me on their amazing program. I’m honored to be among so many Bay Area People doing beautiful work in our community!
Check out my Vietnamese Summer Roll recipe with step-by-step photos to take your kiddos on a culinary adventure this summer.