My good friend and neighbor Randy made Tzimmes with me today. We had a lot of fun making and creating the recipe, combining what we found and adding a little more of this and that until it turned out splendidly. I love the fresh orange with the sweet carrot and starchy potato. And the tart cherries and apricots with the dates and warm apple. The colors of this dish are wonderful! We made our Tzimmes without the traditional prunes but you can certainly add some.
As I understand it, Tzimmes is a Yiddish term that generally means making a big fuss over something. Tzimmes is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish dish that does involve some chopping, roasting and simmering but it otherwise is not fussy to make. Randy will be serving this dish at her Passover seder in a few weeks, but I could eat this any time.