My mother-in-law, Gita, was a Holocaust survivor who came to the United States after the war. By the time I got to know her, she and my father-in-law had retired to Israel. During our visits as newlyweds, my husband Charles and I, and then later with our children, enjoyed the Eastern European foods Gita had grown up with. She never cooked with a recipe, always by taste. And while her menus rarely varied, the food was flavorful and filling. Her specialties were very traditional Jewish foods.One of her dishes that we all loved was called Pflaumen Tzimmis. “Pflaumen” is German for prunes and “tzimmis” is Yiddish for a sweet stew traditionally made with carrots. All the sweet flavors of the dish come from the melding of the ingredients. —Monita
- Serves 6
large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut lengthwise into 2 inch pieces
small onion, peeled but uncut
Salt to taste
- Place potatoes, prunes and whole onion in a pot half filled with water and cook until potatoes and prunes are very soft (“mushy”), about 25 minutes. Stir periodically.
- Remove onion and season to taste with salt.