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Culinary Canvas: Mango Blueberry Puree

Last week, my little guy and I attended Art Babies. We started the class in our exhibition, Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga, exploring the large, abstract works of art. He smiled and kicked his little feet, so I could tell he really enjoyed the bright and engaging colors!

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Color is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot when it comes to his diet–the more colorful the better! As you might have expected, I enjoy making food for him at home, so I wanted to share a simple recipe that you could try, inspired by the deep and vibrant colors in the exhibition. Be sure to bring your little one on your next visit, then make some colorful food for him or her to enjoy at home–you’ll be feeding his body and his mind! If you’re brave, you might even let him paint his high chair tray–at least you’ll know the paint is safe to eat!

Sadamasa Motonaga, Work 66-1, 1966, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo © 2015 Estate of Motonaga Sadamasa

Sadamasa Motonaga, Work 66-1, 1966, oil and synthetic resin on canvas, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo © 2015 Estate of Motonaga Sadamasa

Mango Blueberry Puree

Yields about 16 ounces
Appropriate for 8+ months
Level: Very Easy

1 ripe mango
1 cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries

Prepare the mango by cutting it around the skin, similar to how you would cut an avocado. Note that the pit can be a bit tricky, so do your best to remove it, separating the fruit into two halves. Using a knife, score the fruit up to the skin, being careful not to cut through it. Scoop out fruit pieces and juice, and add to saucepan set on medium-low heat. Add fresh or frozen berries to pan and lightly simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing the fruits to break down slightly and meld their flavors.

Transfer fruit to the bowl of a baby food maker, small food processor, or large measuring bowl, if using an immersion blender. Puree into desired consistency for your baby.

Divide puree into any portion size you’d like and freeze. I find that an ice cube tray works well for small portions that can be pulled out when needed and added to oatmeal, mixed with other fruits, or combined into a larger meal.



 

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Cooked fruit in the baby food maker

blueberry mango puree

Finished puree in ice trays

Original recipe. And of course, be sure to always check with your pediatrician on the appropriate diet for your special little one.

Sarah Coffey
Education Coordinator

Culinary Canvas: Mini Blueberry Tarts

You can find this stunning silver centerpiece, created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, on the fourth floor in our Formed/Unformed exhibition. Its delicate central shape is made up of 19 clusters that burst forth with 7 sapphires each. This month’s recipe is also studded with little blue gems, though these are of the berry variety. And while they don’t include such precious materials as our Celestial Centerpiece, these mini treats will certainly serve as the perfect centerpiece for your next party–delighting your guests with their bursting blueberry flavor!

Celestial Centerpiece, Robert J. King, 1964, Silver and spinel sapphires, Dallas Museum of Art, The Jewel Stern American Silver Collection, acquired through the Patsy Lacy Griffith Collection, gift of Patsy Lacy Griffith by exchange and gift of Jewel Stern in honor of Kevin W. Tucker

Celestial Centerpiece, 1964, Robert J. King, designer, Dallas Museum of Art, The Jewel Stern American Silver Collection, acquired through the Patsy Lacy Griffith Collection, gift of Patsy Lacy Griffith by exchange and gift of Jewel Stern in honor of Kevin W. Tucker

Mini Blueberry Tarts

Yields 30 tarts
Level: Very Easy

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
30 frozen mini phyllo shells
1 pint fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
Coarse sugar (optional, for sprinkling)

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed. Add vanilla extract and continue whisking until fluffy. Using a rubber spatula, transfer filling mixture to ziploc bag. Press filling into one corner, leaving enough room to hold bag without overflowing contents.

Arrange phyllo shells onto work surface. Snip corner of bag and squeeze filling into each shell, leaving space at top. Cover filling with 4-5 blueberries and sprinkle tops with coarse sugar if desired.

Refrigerate tarts in air tight container and serve chilled. Consume within 2 days.


 
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Original recipe.

Sarah Coffey
Assistant to the Chair of Learning Initiatives

Friday Photos: Art of the Smoothie

Working at the DMA, we are constantly surrounded by amazing artists and beautiful works of art. Passing through the galleries on a regular basis, it is no wonder that some of us have become very taken by the art objects we see, slowly integrating them into our daily lives.

These days, many DMA educators have jumped on the green smoothie bandwagon! Walking by so many tasty-looking paintings filled with fruits and veggies (especially around lunchtime) has been a quirky inspiration to many of us in our quest for health and the perfect green smoothie. There is a kale-idoscope of smoothie-worthy produce to see in the DMA galleries!

Our collection has many still life paintings that were originally very popular with collectors in Europe and the United States because they nicely complemented the grand interiors of luxurious homes newly built on the east coast. These paintings showcase the same delicious fruits and veggies that many of us use in our breakfast or lunchtime smoothies. Check out some of the inspirations for our blended green concoctions and then visit the collection to see how many fresh garden goods you can find to add to your green smoothie grocery list!

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Make your own sweet pear smoothie inspired by Allport’s Still Life with Fruit:

Ingredients (serves 2)

2 cups spinach, fresh
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
4 pears
1 banana
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth. Next add the remaining fruits and blend again. Top with cinnamon.

Check out Simple Green Smoothies for more artful smoothies!

Danielle Schulz
Teaching Specialist


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