". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Dinner -- Plum Season!

Plums baked with chicken in the magic cast iron deep chicken skillet turned out very well.

El V loved it -- particularly the plums themselves, which were transformed at least as much by the cooking with chicken as the chicken was infused with plum flavors.

As well there were steamed brussels sprouts, their bitterness balanced with the sweetness of the plum juice, potatoes mashed with butter, non-fat sour cream and skim milk. With butter one doesn't need whole dairy products.  But that non-fat sour cream provides a touch of sour that is pleasant with the fruit sweetness, and a silky smooth texture.

I realize baked chicken and plums would go very well with couscous -- plus some almonds and maybe some sort of oranges or citrus too, though of course el V can't have citrus, which is burdensome to me as meal preparation person.

This would have been a splendid cold weather dinner, except in winter there are no fresh plums, and mostly the Farmer's Markets are closed because it's winter.

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