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Figs and walnuts are
a wonderful combination.  And a lovely post too.  It's true that we lose a great deal of our traditional ways and wisdom.  In India there are some strong movements to bring them back, by recording them.

posted by Greenfields on January 22, 2008 at 8:54 PM | link to this | reply

What an interesting way to serve figs....

I consider myself to be pretty adventurous in the food department but I have never tried them that way. You are very lucky to have your former teacher as a friend and as an educational asset.

I too lost a gramma who knew everything. I was lucky enough to "inherit" her cookbook (she died of cancer when I was 12) but there are so many times I find myself muddling through life, looking for my way when my memories of her and all that she taught me come flooding back.

Listen for your grammas voice when you can and write down all you remember. You too will one day be a gramma and will have learned a lifetime of knowledge to pass to your grandchildren.

Mike's Goddess

posted by mikes_goddess on January 22, 2008 at 12:32 PM | link to this | reply

Write what you can remember of your grandmother.
If you have photos, look at them and write what you remember from them. Surprising things will pop into your mind. It will make a wonderful gift for your own child and help him to understand his heritage. I love the story of the figs. I'd never think to fix them that way and they sound delicious. :)

posted by Pat_B on January 22, 2008 at 11:39 AM | link to this | reply

My mother talked often with her mother in later life. She finally decided

to tape the conversations. She asked questions sometimes, recipes and stories about family members and lead her some, but Granny laid out a history of America from 1898 until her death in the 1980's. Mom listens to them now and makes quilts or water colors while her mom talks and talks and talks.....Mom is 84 now.

My brother interviews my mom often, on video tape. They talk for hours. We have many tapes of Dad, too, and now that he is gone, they are fun to watch, sorrowful fun.

Comfort food and peasant recipes of peasant foods, yes. They are the ones that create magic as they are eaten and really fill an empty stomach.

There is a time for everything, for working and for cleaning and for spending time with old friends and children....and all time has the same value, no matter what people say....if the time is well spent, when spent, then there is no apology and no chance to make the wrong 'time spending' choice, ?no?

posted by benzinha on January 22, 2008 at 11:33 AM | link to this | reply

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