You can’t beat a bowl of minestrone and I like to make some up for the Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi. As a child I was fond of St Francis and imagined him with a crowd of puppies at his feet, cats on his shoulders, circled by crows and butcher birds. I still visualise Francis, il Poverello, like this. It’s my father’s birthday too, so I never forget the date.
I have an earlier recipe for minestrone on the stove top accompanied by some lovely photos of La Chiesa di San Francesco d’Assisi, Palermo.