Monday, January 20, 2014

Beautiful gardens, kale and good lunch

 - Friend Barb and I put on our culture hats and attended The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden exhibit at The High Museum of Art on Saturday morning.  Most of the paintings and sculptures had never been out of France, so that was too good to pass up.  The painting at top shows the gardens, which I would LOVE to see in person.  The model shows the large area that encompasses.  Barb and I are trying to figure out how we could visit Paris for free.  :)

- Kale and Mushroom lasagna.  It all started because I had a lot of leftover kale.  $45 worth of ingredients and three hours of work yielded something pretty delicious.  Click on the recipe name to view it - it originated from Cooking Light magazine.  And I still have a lot of kale!

- Having something really good for lunch today to look forward to. 


Granny Annie said...

I can only call you "high fa-lootin'" after reading this post on all that culture and so much kale.

Louvregirl said...

Lynn~Get a bearded dragon to help you eat your kale. :-D Enjoyed the photos of the paintings/model of the gardens in France. I was able to go there in 1988 before I got married and had children! Hurt my back on the train (carrying/hoisting a HUGE backpack) and spent almost 2 days in bed while my girlfriend went to the Louvre! Maybe that's why I named myself "Louvregirl..." Wishful thinking that I, too, might get there again!! I was able to see the Prado in Madrid, Spain which was equally impressive! Have a GREAT day Lynn!

Fireblossom said...

I'd love to even see the model!

TALON said...

That looks like such a cool exhibit! At $45, that lasagna had better have been good! :)

Lynn said...

Granny Annie -

I know - I can hardly stand myself today with all the culture and being so full of kale, too. :)

lg -

Oh no - that would be terrible to be laid up in Paris!

I did get to go to England and Scotland in 1998, but would love to go back to Europe and see France this time.

FB -

I know - I am lucky to have such an awesome museum right here.

Talon -

It was good, but I'll never make it again. It was too much trouble. :)

Elephant's Child said...

I too would love to see those gardens. And Monet's garden. A non-gardening brother went with his wife a year or so ago and I am STILL jealous.
The lasagne looks good. I do love kale. Something which I didn't discover until late. Never served at home while I was growing up.

Betty said...

I wish I could go see it! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I really need to try kale, everyone's talking about it.

Jannie Funster said...

Okay, I'm officially hungry now!! :)

Funny you mention kale, as one of the gymnastics moms was telling us the other day how they eat it every day.

You figure the Paris thing for free, and I'm going with ya!! You'll get there sooner than later. AWESOME to have that ubercool exhibit in your town! I LOVED when the miniature of the White House & grounds came to one of our museums here. All decorated for Christmas, you could actually peer into many of the little fully-decorated rooms.

And here's something that might make you smile. You know my nephew and what he comes out with at Childrens' Story Time weekly at Mom & Dad's church, right? The minister was talking about John the Baptist eating locusts and honey. And Austin pipes up "What are locusts?" She told him they were a bug like a grasshopper, and Austin says, again for all to hear... "He'd have been better off eating chocolate-covered ants." !! :) He CRACKS the whole church up on a regular basis. Seven years old! :)

Cheerios. Off to the Paris in my mind.


Louvregirl said...

Lynn~ I can think of worse places to be laid up! :-O

OldLady Of The Hills said...

The High Museum has some really WONDERFUL Exhibits! This one looks amazing! This is a Museum I would love to see some time----BUT, no traveling makes that kind of impossible.
I'm ashamed to say I never got to Paris, except to the Airport on the way to The South Of France....And now, it's too late for me---Again, no traveling.....But I sure do LOVE Hearing about it!

Glad you had such a success with your Kale Mushroom Lasagna...! Nothing like a yummy yummy meal that can be eaten the next day, too!

Joanne said...

Wow that is a lot for a lasagna! But worth it, if it was delicious.

Also, if you figure out this paris-for-free thing, let me know!

Riot Kitty said...

$45 for something you had to cook yourself?! I am impressed. I'm not that patient, and kale is too bitter.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn .. I love kale - so your lasagne sounds a very good make. However three hours of work .. I think I'd have adapted to something simpler .. but if you were cooking for Barb too - then I might have gone the extra mile!

Your High Museum of Art looks fascinating ... and I sure hope the free gods give you a flight across to Paris at some stage for a Parisian tour ...

... are you going to get to the Go West exhibition? That looks interesting ...

Cheers Hilary

LL Cool Joe said...

3 hours to make a lasagne?? I buy mine ready made from the supermarket and moan that cooking it for 25 minutes is too much hassle. :D

Lynn said...

Elephant's Child -

Someone on facebook was saying how much she "hated" Paris - I can't imagine that. I think I would love it.

I never had kale growing up either, but I do like it now. Tonight's dinner will repurpose some of the ingredients used in the recipe - kale included.

Betty -

It is very good for you, but has to be cooked a certain way to enjoy it, I think.

Jannie -

I'm in Paris in my mind, too. :) I like that.

Love the story about your nephew - he's quite a kid!


Naomi -

Going to the south of France would be lovely, too. From all I've heard anyway. Sigh.

I wish you COULD come see the exhibit at the High - I'd love to go with you! That would be truly wonderful.

Lynn said...

Joanne -

Well - that's what the ingredients added up to at the grocery store. I guess if I broke it down to (for example) how much 2 T. of half and half would cost, it would be much less than that.

Riot Kitty -

I cooked it in broth with garlic and added red wine vinegar at the end and it didn't seem bitter to me - I'm having that with polenta tonight.

Hilary -

No - I was just making it for me - Barb was home with her hubby.

Yes - Barb and I plan to see the Go West exhibit later - it's open until April.

Joe -

Funny. :)

Snaggle Tooth said...

Fun to get free glimpses of classic Europe.
N Paris is such an ancient city- Full of historical treasures- you'd need a year to see them. I'd like to visit France too- Cool scale model - Huge place!

Sara said...

Good luck with the visit to Paris for free:~) You might end up like Meg Ryan in "French Kiss" wandering around, but you would be in PARIS:~)

I can't kale or spinach. Sometimes I miss it, like when you write about Kale and mushroom lasagna. My tummy even grumbled just reading this!

Happy day to you, Lynn