Monday, 7 July 2008

Magazine Mondays and a Glimpse at Toad Nirvana

Magazine Mondays is a casual weekly affair created by Cream Puffs in Venice to put to use all those recipes that we read and bookmark but never end up making. Stop by and check out Cream Puff's amazing creations with strawberries this week.

I almost skipped creating a recipe from a magazine as we are still working on some leftovers but at the final hour I decided to make a cocktail from the LCBO Food and Drink magazine. This mag is a large glossy affair put out by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and is somewhat similar to Food and Wine magazine.

Berry Mint Ice

In the blender - combine 1 cup ice, 1/4 cup fresh blueberries, 1/4 cup chopped strawberries, 1 1/2 oz blueberry vodka, 5 torn mint leaves, 1 oz lemon juice and 1 oz simple syrup. Blend, pour into your favourite cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Summery, fruity and refreshing, what more could a girl ask for?
This recipe makes 1 large cocktail, multiply for guests.
Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water, boiled to combine and cooled. Make a batch of about 2 cups and store in the fridge for summer drinks.

I thought that I would pair this simple cocktail with some pics of the pond DH built me this summer for our teeny tiny backyard. It has become quite the toad hot spot and I have built stairways out of rocks so that they can freely pass in and out of the pond. Yesterday we added some fish, just the little $0.27 feeder fish from the pet store. I didn't want to have to worry too much if they got scooped by local wildlife.

The pond is a 4x6 fiberglass pond shell given to us by a friend. Eight years ago. It has been leaning up against the house all this time. Now that we have it in I can't remember what we looked at while we were on the deck. Like a fireplace it holds your attention in a gentle way.

And best of all, the toads. Maybe not too exciting for any of you who were raised in the country but I am a city girl, now plunked in the suburbs. I am loving the toads.
They like all the layers of rocks and nooks and crannies. The one in the sunshine is Ned and the one under the overhang is Orson. And this is their toad nirvana.