Re: [Cz-L] confiture mit vasser

From: Nancy Lapid <>
Date: Tue, 01 Jul 2008 22:27:28 -0400
To: Andrew Halmay <>
Reply-to: Nancy Lapid <>

My mom always spoke of having rosen confiture mit vasser (confiture
[jam] from rose hips, mixed with water). After having heard about this
all my life, I actually found rosen confiture in a small store in
Montreal, and I brought some home to her. In fact, it was delicious!
She said it was as good as what she remembered from her childhood. My
father and my brother and I finally could understand what she'd been
talking about all those years!


On Jul 1, 2008, at 10:25 AM, Andrew Halmay wrote:

> This is ironic. Through Jewish Gen I found a picture of my
> grandmother's grave in Czernowitz but in the meantime, half my
> relatives in America in the last 15-20 years have disappeared.
> Of those who should still be living: Leon Besner, early to mid
> eighties, of New York, may have lived on Long Island.
> Jackie Adrian, mid-sixties, nee Solloway, married to Chuck Adrian,
> both former teachers of Monsey, NY. My cousin, Ruth Solloway,
> Jackie's mother had moved to Florida and died there. The Adrians
> might have also moved to Florida but I've not been able to find any
> trace of them. They had two or three children.
> If by some chance any of you happen to know of them, I would be
> deeply grateful to catch up with them. Thanks in advance.
> Andy Halmay
> P.S. Steven Lasky thought some of you might have an answer to the
> following: Was it a practice in Czernowitz to finish a meal with
> some jam and cold water as a form of desert?
> My mother told me a funny story about my dad in this connection. He
> had come to Czernowitz from Arad around 1922 to represent Baron von
> Neumann's textile mills. My grandmother had rented him a room. He
> was invited to eat with grandmother, mother and my aunt Hilda. The
> girls were still in their teens.
> At the end of the meal they passed around a small serving dish with
> strawberry or raspberry jam (confitur?) and he was supposed to help
> himself to one or two spoons and pass the dish forward. Being
> Hungarian and not knowing this tradition he set the serving dish
> down in front of himself and started spooning up the sweet stuff.
> They watched him with disbelief. Eventually he stopped and said,
> "I'm sorry, but I don't think I can finish this," and they then
> burst out in laughter. I've come across this practice nowhere else.

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