July 21, 2010

Summer Fruits Minestrone

When I return to my parent’s home, I never miss an opportunity to wander in the garden. I observe the plants, flowers, herbs and fruits, see if there is anything new. I contemplate insects, living their peaceful life. In recent times, I had my camera with me and I took shots of the garden life. My Mum then asked: ‘is that really our garden?!’ ... wonderful how pictures can give a very different vision of a place you know.

The last time we went, a few weeks ago, flowers were blooming, fruits were hanging from trees, and there was a summer feeling in the air. I was dreaming of eating fresh summery fruits and remembered that minestrone dish. My Mum dug the recipe out, and we had it for pudding, on a warm summer evening.

Summer Fruit Minestrone – Serves 4
  • 1 melon, deseeded
  • 2 peaches
  • 2 apricots
  • 125g wild strawberries
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 vanilla pods
  • 80g sugar
  • A few sprigs of mint
  1. Bring to the boil 400ml water with the sugar and the vanilla seeds, scrapped from the pods. Simmer on a low heat for 5min. Add the mint and the lemon zest. Leave to cool.
  2. Cut the fruits and pour a little lemon juice over them. Add the fruits to the vanilla syrup. Leave in the fridge for at least 1h.
  3. Just before serving, add the wild strawberries. Serve into bowls with a little more mint on top.

Minestrone de fruits d’été – pour 4 personnes

  • 1 melon, dont on aura retiré les graines
  • 2 pêches
  • 2 abricots
  • 125g de fraises des bois
  • 1 citron
  • 2 gousses de vanille
  • 80g de sucre
  • Quelques brins de menthe
  1. Porter 400ml d’eau à ébullition avec le sucre et les graines de vanille. Faire frémir 5min à feu doux. Ajouter la menthe et le zeste de citron. Laisser refroidir.
  2. Couper les fruits en morceaux et les arroser de jus de citron. Ajouter les fruits au sirop à la vanille. Laisser au frais pendant au moins 1h.
  3. Au dernier moment, ajouter les fraises des bois. Servir dans des bols avec un peu de menthe pour décorer.

1 comment:

M. said...

so refreshing!
I love the idea of fruit minestrone :)

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