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Simple Carrot Soup

carrot soup

Simple Carrot Soup

Native to Iran and Afghanistan, carrots have been cultivated since antiquity. Throughout the Middle Ages, carrots were produced in a variety of colors, including purple, black, white, green, yellow and red. The first recorded cultivation of an orange carrot did not occur until the 16th century in the Netherlands – the orange color was made popular as an emblem of the House of Orange and the struggle for Dutch independence.

After looking at art from the Dutch Golden Age at LACMA with a group of kids over the weekend, we prepared this simple carrot soup along with Gouda grilled cheese and lemon cake with macerated strawberries. I wish I had leftovers.

8 large carrots, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, peeled and diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
zest of one lemon
1 ½ cup milk
juice of half a lemon, optional
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
fresh herbs for garnish (thyme, basil, tarragon or chives)

Peel and slice the carrots. Set aside. Dice the shallot, chop the garlic and place in a separate bowl.

Heat the butter in a large pot set over medium-low heat. When the butter melts add the shallot and garlic and stir until the shallot softens. Add the carrot and lemon zest and stir for about one minute. Add the chicken broth, bring to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes or until the carrots are tender. Remove from heat.

Blend the carrots until smooth using an immersion blender or regular blender. Add the milk and, if you’d like, the juice of half a lemon. Stir to combine. Add nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.

Reheat soup, add more chicken broth if it is too thick. Serve garnished with fresh herbs.

Serves 6

English Tea Time

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English Tea Time

Saturday 3/11 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Explore the history and traditions of English tea from the 17th through 19th centuries through paintings and decorative arts in the Huntington’s collection before preparing and enjoying a traditional afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches, scones, clotted cream and jam. ($85 members; $100 non-members)


image: The Gascoigne Family, Francis Hayman, British, 1740, oil on canvas, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Cur-ATE: Picasso & Rivera

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Cur-ATE: Picasso & Rivera

Tuesday 5/2 at 6:30pm 


Tour the spectacular special exhibition Picasso & Rivera: Conversations Across Time with Maite. Weave art and culinary history while viewing art by and hearing stories of the two larger-than-life artists, as well as pre-Columbian and Greek and Roman antiquities. After the informal conversation enjoy a Mexican/Spanish/French-themed four-course meal at Ray’s & Stark Bar inspired by the evening’s theme by Chef Fernando Darin. ($90 members; $100 non-members)

Wine and specialty cocktails will be available for an additional cost.

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The Art of Tea

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The Art of Tea

Saturday 5/13 at 9:00am


Who would think that tea — found nearly everywhere today — literally conquered the world centuries ago, through trade, smuggling, and even wars. This enjoyable morning will bring history to life through a private gallery tour of the collections of European and Chinese art, followed by a three-course tea service at the museum’s premiere restaurant, Ray’s.

Culinary historian Maite Gomez-Rejon and museum educator Mary Lenihan and Maite will take you into the galleries to trace the path of the ubiquitous beverage as “tea culture” spread from Asia, eventually reaching Europe and the Americas. Along the way, it spurred the production of some of the world’s most beautiful porcelain and silver, as well as other paraphernalia used to brew it, serve it, and drink it. The tour will include Chinese porcelain tea wares, European ceramics, and English silver. After the tour, enjoy a full, three-course tea service in Ray’s. While the traditional English tea (think of aristocrats in a drawing room) is the inspiration, chef Fernando Darin will add some contemporary touches. Tea will be included, of course. ($50 members; $55 non-members)

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image: Teapot with Cover, Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory, France, circa 1755, Soft-paste porcelain with glaze and enamel, William Randolph Hearst Collection.