Survival in the occupation of farming took huge commitment and determination. My parents worked extremely hard as a couple, pursuing this lifestyle.
Many times when we arrived home from school, my mother would be outside working with my dad. On the kitchen table would be her porcelain mixing bowl. Inside would be a recipe for a dessert item she would like me to make for supper and school lunches for the next day. Beside the bowl would be the dry ingredients and utensils etc. needed. All would be covered with a tea towel. Another little note, asking my older sister to start doing some of the outside chores that needed to be done.
Without us being aware of it, we were learning those precious ‘life skills’ of responsibility.
Today’s recipe is a well known salad but when we were growing up this salad was always made to compliment our Christmas dinner. One year, family friends that had been invited to dinner, asked if this salad had something to do with our German heritage because it always appeared on special occasions. To me this salad was like having a little dish of ice cream as it tasted so good. I thought it would be especially nice to serve on St. Patrick’s Day being green and all!