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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

German Art and Food – just for kids!

German Art and Food – just for kids!

Sunday 5/6 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

LACMA and ArtBites Pop-up

Explore LACMA’s collection of German art before participating in a group cooking class and lunch at the ArtBites Pop-up Kitchen, a 3-minute drive from the museum.

Menu may include:
Cabbage Salad with Caraway Seeds
Pretzels
Grilled Sausage
Speculoos Cookies

Ages 7 to 12. Class is limited to 6 children and one accompanying adult per child. No drop off.

($80 includes museum admission for the child and accompanying adult, tour, ingredients and recipes. Museum parking is not included.)

Please note that though this class meets at LACMA it is not LACMA organized.

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image: Stilleben met silbernen Leuchter – Stilleben mit katzen (Still life with silver candlestick – Still life with cats), Max Beckman, 1943, oil on canvas, LACMA

Celebrate the Earth – just for kids!

maize god

Celebrate the Earth – just for kids!

Sunday 4/22 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

LACMA and ArtBites Pop-up

Celebrate Earth Day while discussing Mexican art related to nature at LACMA before heading to the ArtBites Pop-up Kitchen (a 3-minute drive from the museum) to prepare a vegetarian meal and enjoy a group lunch.

Menu may include:
Avocado and Tomato Salad
Smoky-Spicy Grilled Corn
Mushroom Quesadillas
Chocolate and Almond Cake

Ages 7 to 12. Class is limited to 6 children and one accompanying adult per child. No drop off.

($80 includes museum admission for the child and accompanying adult, tour, ingredients and recipes. Museum parking is not included.)

Please note that though this class meets at LACMA it is not LACMA organized.

SOLD OUT!

image: Drinking Vessel Depicting a Maize God, Guatemala, Mya, 200-400, slip-painted ceramic, LACMA

English Tea Time

tea time

English Tea Time

Saturday 5/19 from 9:00am to 12:30pm

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Join me for this annual class!

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)

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