Summer Backyard DIY Ideas

May 26, 2023

Whether it’s keeping the kids occupied while you get your grill on or smashing up a refreshing fruity libation – our friend Evette Rios shows us some fun, easy and creative backyard DIY projects!

Mojito recipe 
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • ½ medium lime
  • cut into 3 wedges
  • divided 2 tablespoons white sugar, or to taste
  • 1 cup ice cubes, or as needed
  • 1 ½ fluid ounces white rum
  • ½ cup club soda, or as needed
Cheese board Fondue in a Bread Bowl
  • 28 ounces mixed cheese, predominantly
  • hard cheeses such as cave-aged Gruyère,
  • mature Cheddar, Taleggio
  • 1 large sourdough loaf 8 ounces or 250ml
  • dry white wine
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 heaped tbsp plain flour
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A pinch or two of chili powder
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Fixins for dipping, bread, broccoli, carrots, pretzel bites, cauliflower, cured meats
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Lay your cheeses out on your chopping board in order of hardness.
  • Coarsley grate the cheese, chopping any soft cheeses into small pieces. Keep the cheeses in order.
  • Slice the top of the sourdough off. Scoop the inside out of the main piece, creating a large bowl shape (leave a little bread at the edges).
  • Pop the hollowed out loaf onto a large baking tray. Tear the lid and scooped out bread into bite-sized pieces and scatter onto the tray around the loaf.
  • Slide the bread into the oven and bake for 10 mins, till crispy at the edges.
  • Meanwhile, pour 8 ounces dry white wine into a large pan. Squeeze in the lemon juice and spoon in 1 heaped tbsp plain flour.
  • Peel the garlic clove and neatly grate it into the pan. Whisk everything together, till the flour is dissolved, then pop the pan onto a medium heat and bring to a simmer, whisking from time to time.
  • When the wine mixture is simmering, reduce the heat. Add a handful of the hardest grated cheese and whisk continuously, till melted and well combined. Carry on adding and stirring the cheese a little at a time, moving from hardest to softest, till all of the cheese is melted into a thick sauce. The key to this process is not to let the pan get too hot. It should be warm enough to melt the cheese without reaching a simmer.
  • Remove the bread from the oven. Ladle the cheese sauce into the hollowed out loaf.
Sprinkle the top with a pinch or two of chilli powder and freshly ground pepper. Serve the fondue immediately, with fix-ins

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