Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bowling, This 'n That, US Elections,

Sorry I missed out on the Lost and Found Blogfest. Being somewhat bugged out, I completely forgot it. I haven't finished reading everyone's stories,  but I did read some very good ones.

Bowling this afternoon. I had one good game, but we were trying out something different and I found it a bit hard on my hip.  By the third game I was in quite a bit of pain. We usually bowl one frame at a time, but other leagues do two at a time. Someone suggested we try it, we did, but nobody was in favour. I do wish our previous orthopaedic surgeon wasn't retiring. I bet he would have treated me much sooner than anyone else. I don't understand why hip replacements always take forever. Maybe it's because they do so many. At the hospital I am probably going to attend, I know they have several surgeons but it doesn't seem to be enough.

I am thinking I may not be blogging every day for a while. Not doing a whole hell of a lot so not going to have much to write about. We'll see how it goes, but don't be surprised if there is no ramble from me any morning. Besides, I have been working on my A to Z posts. Got a few of them completed.

Of course in the States the Iowa caucus on very much on people's minds. By now the results will be known. I think a lot of Canadians are also watching this election campaign with interest too. Incredibly Matt has decided Trump would be a good president. At least he knows how to handle money and how to make the stuff too. Always a useful thing in a leading politician.

Crime of the century, I don't eat burgers. However,  this one appealed. I just might enjoy it.  I had never heard of Comté cheese so I Googled it. Sounds like one I should try. With all that on it, I bet it tastes really good.

Duxelle Burger by eatHalifax
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 30 minutes


1 tbsp. butter
1 shallot
1 clove garlic
½ lb. mixed mushrooms (shiitake, cremini, porcini)
pinch dried thyme
salt and pepper, to taste

burger sauce:
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 ½ tsp. Dijon
1 small shallot
3 gherkins

1 lb. medium ground beef
salt and pepper
4 hamburger buns
1 cup finely grated Comté cheese
1 cup arugula
For the duxelle, pulse the shallots and garlic in a food processor until finely minced. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic; cook 3 minutes until soft. Pulse the mushrooms in the food processor until finely chopped. Add the mushrooms to the skillet with a pinch of salt and thyme. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms have released their liquid, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the burger sauce, add the ingredients to a food processor. Process until well combined. Refrigerate until use.

Divide ground beef into four portions. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Form each into a ball then flatten into a patty. Season well all over with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a heavy cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Cook 2 burgers at a time until well browned, about 3-5 minutes. Flip and cook another 3-5 minutes. depending on desired doneness. Repeat with remaining burgers. Top with cheese, cover and let steam until cheese is melted. If desired, toast buns.

To serve, top bottom bun with duxelle, a burger, and arugula. Spread burger sauce on top bun and enjoy!

Serves 4

Have a great day


  1. Trump is a mean bully. He's a horrible person. I don't understand how anyone can support him. He's a racist, he hates poor people and women. He insults everyone. I don't think they way he 'speaks his mind' is at all Presidential. Bernie Sanders is our only hope.

    1. I agree with you JoJo. I can't say I like him at all. I am not sure I understand it, but seems like he is out now anyway.

  2. Trump is crazy. Most of them are this time.
    I don't do cow burgers, but that might be tasty on a chicken burger.

    1. I don't pretend to understand your system Alex. But I don't like politicians of any kind.

      I am sure it would be tasty with chicken too.

  3. Sorry you're still not feeling better. Used to be you'd go to the doctors and they find out what was wrong and fix it. Now it's months and months, sometimes before you even get a diagnosis. For them time equals money, for the patient, time equals pain.
    It's a horrible year for the good citizens of the US, it's a stellar year for the vocal minority.

    1. Thanks Yolanda. You are so right. Here it's more a question of the surgeons being overloaded. Not enough of them, they all come down your way, the money is, apparently, better. I don't pay much attention to politics of any kind I'm afraid.

  4. Trump is an arrogant ass who has led some of his ventures into bankruptcy. Sanders is a Sociist who has not accomplished anything significant in his career thus far. I just hope the rational thinkers in my country can control the rest of the idiots out there voting.

    1. I didn't know that Denise. I really don't know much about your country's politics but Trump's noise has been resounding up here too. We all hope sanity will win in the end.

    2. That word should have been Socialist.

  5. Take care of you. Looking forward to your A-Z posts!

  6. That burger does look interesting! In Phoenix close to where daughter in law works, they are putting in a restaurant called Hopdoddy which features burgers; I looked at their menu; once they are opened, we'll be trying it out.

    I don't really know what to say about the upcoming election. No candidate really gets my attention and support currently. I hope we aren't stuck voting for the least destructive of the two come November.

    I got A/Z mapped out but still need about 5-6 letters :)


    1. I don't eat burgers but I did think this sounded good.

      I have an idea that's exactly where you will be coming from in November.

      Way to go with the A to Z.

  7. I've a soft spot for Hilary, but then again I don't know too much about U.S. politics. Sanders might be a socialist but maybe that's what they need, someone to look after the poor. Your P.M. seems quite lovely. I don't like Trump at all. He's a bit of a joke over here.

    1. I must say I have too Pinky. I would love to see a woman president anyway. Not sure about Justin. Still early days. Trump is a joke here to most people. As one comment said, he is a bully.

  8. I will find out about the cheese when I go to Whole Foods, but not today, we are in the midst of a big snow storm. Marco Rubio is my guy, but things change so quickly. Blog at your own pace, JO. You know best. I am not blogging every day, don't want the overuse injury to happen again. We enjoy your words whenever you publish them.

    1. Sounds a good cheese Natasha. Snow storm? We haven't had much snow here at all. Right now my pace is the same, but as you say, I will go at my own pace. Thanks for the encouragement.

  9. It's frustrating when you go through those 'down' times when you're a blogger. As you've probably noticed I've had one of those recently so I know the feeling although I've never aspired to a daily blog. Sometimes you just need a break to recharge so don't push yourself.

    1. Yes, I did Helen. I know what you mean. Sometimes you really have to hunt for something to write about. Other times you can go on ad infinitum.

  10. I did indeed watch the Iowa caucus :) Its gonna be a wild year!

    Sarah Allen