This is a recipe that my dear neighbour and friend gave to me a few years back. He is no longer with us, having left this earth after getting cancer. I really miss him. He was a loving jokester who at first was rough around the edges but in the end he could wear any one down with his kind heart, and wonderful sense of humour :)
We were always sharing food. He called me meals on wheels because after his diagnosis I would take him and his wife dinner every night. He did all the cooking up until then. He was a wonderful cook and introduced, or should I say, made me eat things I would have never tried :)
He made the best vegetable soup I have ever ate in my life. It took me a quite a bit of prodding to get that soup recipe from him. He said it was his secret recipe. I thought he was pulling my leg as he often did. After his funeral, his kids were talking about that soup, and how he would never give any one his “secret” recipe. I have honoured that and always kept it a secret too. Although when I make it I will carry some to his wife. She is a wonderful caring, giving person. God blessed me with these neighbours :)
This “Summer Salad” is another recipe that he gave me. I have kept it in his hand writing, the way he gave it to me. It always makes me feel close to him to see his handwriting.
I promised Diana that I would post it for her. Since this is not one of his “secret” recipes, I am sure he won’t mind.