My garden is now empty, except for some miniature leeks (a kind name for leeks that haven't grown) a few solitary small potatoes trapped in clay, and some mizuna. Pots still have herbs and some timid Alpine strawberries (incredible!), but for the rest... all gone! I save everything, even ugly carrots and watery yellow zucchini, and even the green tomatoes: in a minestrone soup all tastes good.
My favourite were the beans, it is just so much fun shelling them and look at the beautiful colours. Pity that they become all brown during cooking.
And here is the minestrone. No recipe, just wash, chop and boil, add salt to taste and extra virgin olive oil at the end. So tasty and healthy! Some of the photos are mine, but the prettiest are Arantxa's!
Photos and recipe by Alessandra Zecchini and Arantxa Zecchini Dowling ©