Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Chocolate, Shopping, Seafood, Doctor's,

Today, whilst shopping, I bought some Lindt chocolate with sea salt - plain chocolate that is. I was very disappointed, couldn't really taste any salt at all. I really don't  much like plain chocolate anyway so Matt has inherited it. He didn't even know chocolate was ever salted but doesn't mind it, wouldn't choose it though. I have had milk chocolate with salt and enjoyed it very much.

Must admit shopping really did a number on me today, my legs were really aching. The cashier said why didn't I use their electric carts, trouble is, their baskets wouldn't hold a week's shopping for us. I bought some Salmon for the weekend and whilst doing so, saw some Arctic Char which I love but as it was nearly 3 times the price of the salmon, I didn't buy it. Ahhhh. A restaurateur who used to have a place locally, used to smoke his own Salmon and also Arctic Char and it was absolutely delicious. I actually preferred it to the Salmon but sadly have never seen it smoked since.

I have been putting off going to the doctor's because it is impossible to park very close and it kills me to walk to her office. Today I phoned the office we used to go to and they agree to take us back. Bit of a trek but worth it, I can park right outside the door. I spoke to their Office Manager before going there and it turned out she was a woman I knew very well from before. She assured me they wouldn't take us back - kidding - and booked me in for 5:30. As it is in the same town as the Scottish bakery where I buy Cornish Pasties, I called them. They only had two left but they did have some scones so on the way to the doctor I picked those up. When I got to the doctor's I chatted to the Office Manger as well as us both re-registering - then I got to see the doctor who basically owns the place I believe. They have a bunch of doctors there plus two PAs so there is always a doctor around. Had a long chat with her and she is concerned about all the things our current doctor didn't seem to have time to worry about so I am to go for blood work and X-rays. She made me feel a lot happier about my health concerns, at least she is taking an interest.

It being latish when we got home, I grabbed a couple of subs and we had those for supper. I had said earlier I would watch Peter Rabbit again before I returned it and Matt said he would do so too. He hated it!!! He really doesn't enjoy stuff like that at all.

This sounded a good recipe. The author used organic products to make this, but I wouldn't do so because it tends to make groceries somewhat expensive. It is, of course, a choice. I actually found this recipe through Yummly.

Spinach and Gruyère Cheese Quiche with a Hash Brown Crust

For the Hash Brown Crust:
1 pkg frozen hash browns, thawed and squeezed dry
2 Tbs butter, melted
1 egg
A sprinkle of onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasonings, salt & pepper
For the Quiche:
1/4 cup red pepper, diced
1/4 cup green pepper, diced
1/4 cup onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 egg whites and 3 eggs
1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cups Gruyère cheese
1 pkg baby spinach
3-4 slices Canadian bacon (or regular bacon)

1. For the Hash Brown Crust:

2. Add a little olive oil to the bottom of a spring form pan and line with parchment paper, including the sides. Brush with more oil on top of the parchment paper. Set aside

3. Combine the hash browns, melted butter, egg and spices in a bowl and put them in the pan pushing them up the sides

4. Cook in a preheated oven at 400°F for 20-25 minutes or until the hash browns start to crisp up

5. For the Quiche:

6. In a small pan, over low/medium heat, add a Tablespoon of oil and sauté the onions, pepper and garlic for 8-10 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add the spinach and cook another few minutes over low heat until wilted. Set aside to cool

7. In a bowl, combine the eggs, egg whites, milk, cheese and bacon. Add the cooled onions and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and pour into the hash brown crust pan

8. Reduce the heat to 350°F and bake for 45 minutes

Author: Debi
Source: Happily Unprocessed

Have a great day


  1. Glad to know your doctor is looking into your health issues seriously. I still have to wait two weeks to see a specialist about my thigh issues. Really aggravating now that gardening season is here.

    1. And I thought you got in to see specialists quickly in the States Denise. I bet it is aggravating.

    2. Sports medicine doctors are booked up and there are not that many of them. My regular doc is no problem.

    3. Sports Medicine Denise, I don't see the connection!

  2. Glad you were able to go back to that office where you could park closer.

    1. So was I Alex. Mind you she is sending me for more tests on my legs. I said to her "you realise if you fix my legs you might lose us again!" She laughed.

  3. Hi, Jo,

    Do take care.... sadly, so many doctors DON'T take the time to look after their patients properly. Happy to hear you are back with you old doctor and they are looking after you.

    Don't they have handicapped plaques in Canada? Your doctor can request one for you so that you won't have to walk so far.

    1. That was really the case with the doctor I have just left Michael. Yes I do have a handicapped parking permit but she didn't have a parking lot anywhere near her office (or near if you have trouble walking) so it didn't make any difference.

  4. Hi Jo - glad the doctor has taken a serious interest ... and I hope it can resolve some issues. Love the idea of the spinach and gruyere with hashbrown crust ... I'd make my own though - this has taken me back to when my Ma used to make bubble and squeak hashbrowns with left over meat ... happy memories. Cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary, I hope so too. Funny, I like cabbage and I like potatoes, but I always hated Bubble and Squeak.

  5. Sounds like it was a good thing you've changed doctors if the new one is taking your problems more seriously. We could go to a doctor nearer where we live but the one we go to is very thorough - not the greatest bedside manner but thorough trumps that as far as I'm concerned - so we're prepared to travel a bit further.

    1. She certainly is doing that Helen. Bedside manner is nice to have but good treatment plans are better.

  6. I'm glad you were able to go back to your old doc. That makes a huge difference. I am not sure I get the big attraction to salted sweets. Everything down here is salted caramel and I'm just wanting regular.

    1. You're right it does JoJo. She knows us well.

      I enjoyed salted caramel when I had it.

  7. My hubby used to live on Baffin Island when he was a kid and he and his brother would come home with a wagon full of arctic char. They could catch them on the beach. I'm glad you are back with your old Dr and they are listening.

    1. Lucky hubby it is so expensive here Birgit. I obviously should move to Baffin Island.

      Me too.