Tzimmes is one of the dishes served on Sabbath and festivals, especially Rosh Hashanah and Succoth. This savoury-sweet fruit and vegetable stew has rich, melting flavours, and is best made a day in advance, to allow the flavours to mellow.
Saute the onion in the margarine in a large pot over a medium heat until tender.
Add the carrots, sweet potatoes, prunes, apricots, honey, zest, juice, spices and seasoning. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Give the pot a good stir, then cover and simmer for about 45 minutes until the carrots and sweet potatoes are tender.
Stir occasionally. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary - it needs to be sweet, but not sickly-sweet.