In the days before Easter,every Christian must purify his soul, spirit and body. He does it to celebrate Resurrection.
A special part in the Romanian Eastern traditions has toaca*. It is called "a song of the wood" or "a prayer to God" marking the transition from the daily time to the liturgical one.
When I was a kid, my grandmother used to use these(dried or smoked)plums in her kitchen.
Chisalita is a kind of stewed plums(with a thicker consistency) that is usually eaten with bread or polenta. It can be a main dish or a dessert. Chisalita is also made from magiun(liptar)**. This jam is diluted with hot water or tea and consumed as it is, with bread or polenta.
The recipe is a very, very simple one:
Dried plums are covered with water and boiled till all become a thicker mixture. You can add to this mix some spices(cinnamon, cloves,pepper or what you like).If you use fresh plums, then you can also add some sugar or honey.
a percussion instrument in the Orthodox liturgy
**magiun(liptar)= a thick plum jam(a sugar free variety)