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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

Cur-ATE: Dining in Colonial Mexico

painted in mexico portrait

Cur-ATE: Dining in Colonial Mexico

Tuesday 3/13 at 6:00pm

LACMA

Explore the groundbreaking special exhibition Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici in and after hours tour. Discover the developments that occured in 18th century painting, while weaving in the fascinating culinary history of the time. After the tour, enjoy a four-course meal inspired by the exhibition by Chef Fernando Darin. ($100 members; $110 non-members)

Wine, beer, and cocktails will be available for an additional cost.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT STARTS AT 6PM.

 

image: Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz (Mexico, 1713–1772), Portrait of Doña María Tomasa Durán López de Cárdenas (Retrato de doña María Tomasa Durán López de Cárdenas), c. 1762, oil on canvas, 40 3/16 × 33 1/16 in. (102 × 84 cm), Galería Coloniart, Collection of Felipe Siegel, Anna and Andrés Siegel, Mexico City, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA/Fomento Cultural Banamex, A.C., by Rafael Doniz

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.

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

The Bento Box – just for kids!

jomon

The Bento Box – just for kids!

Sunday 1/28 from 10:30am to 1:30pm

LACMA and ArtBites Pop-up

Through works of art, discover Japan’s deep respect for and appreciation of nature in LACMA’s Japanese Pavillion. Discover the history of tea and the tea ceremony, rice, and more, before heading to the ArtBites Pop-up Kitchen (a 3-minute drive from the museum) to prepare a group meal and partake in a tea ceremony.

Menu may include:
Miso Soup
Sushi
Seaweed Cucumber Salad
Green Tea Shortbread 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.

SOLD OUT!

image: Vessel, Japan, middle Jomon phase, circa 3000-2000 BC, ceramics, coil-built earthenware with incised, modeled, and applied decoration, LACMA