Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Lunch, Car, Shopping,

Went to lunch at the Red Lobster as I said. Enjoyed it and it was great to see my friend - haven't seen her in a while. Crab Fest has started but Matt was the only one who had crab - Crab bites which he said were good. I don't think he touched the sauces though, I could be wrong. I had two of their "tasters". Both shrimp dishes. Very good. One with a really spicy sauce which I want to hunt for on the internet. I think it would be great for egg rolls etc.

Then we left to come home, I was planning to go to the store and pick up groceries but unfortunately the car started making very nasty noises. Went straight to the garage. Turns out it is broken springs and coils (old car of course) gonna cost $1,000 - however, I am beginning to be glad we do have an old car as everyone, including the garage today, says how solid a car it is. It has certainly been a good one for us. Will get the car back tomorrow morning, in time for bowling!!

Then I phoned the grocery store and Ghupal - one of the click and collect people - offered to bring the groceries to us after her shift. Really nice of her. Then I realised our shopping trolley was in the car so borrowed one from a neighbour. Ghupal arrived around 9:20 or so and we unloaded everything into the borrowed trolley. She lives fairly close to us apparently which was convenient. I was very grateful to her.

Guess I need to get up early in the morning, not sure what time they said the car would be ready, so...

This recipe is from Mushrooms Canada. I would not use Miracle Whip personally, but each to their own.

Cheeseburger Quesadillas
Recipe developed in partnership with Ontario Beef.
Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Serves: 4


8 oz (227g) fresh crimini mushrooms
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 lb (225g) lean ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
2 cups cheddar cheese
½ small red onion, sliced
2 small roma tomatoes, thinly sliced
¼ cup (60 mL) dill pickles, sliced
1 cup (250 mL) shredded lettuce

Burger Sauce:
½ cup (125 mL) Miracle Whip
2 tbsp (30 mL) ketchup
2 tbsp (30 mL) yellow mustard
2 tbsp (30 mL) relish
2 tbsp (30 mL) onion, finely diced
1 tsp (5 mL) white sugar


1. Place mushrooms in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped.

2. In a large saucepan, brown mushrooms until moisture has been released, approximately 5-6 minutes. Add onion, beef and garlic, continue to cook for 10 minutes or until ground beef is cooked through.

3. Meanwhile, combine all burger sauce ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.

4. Place one tortilla in the bottom of a dry grill pan. Sprinkle with cheese, red onion, tomatoes, and dill pickles. Spoon on meat mixture. Top with the second tortilla. If your grill pan comes with a Panini press (lid) place preheated press on top of tortilla. If no press is available, carefully flip the quesadilla over using a spatula.

5. Remove from skillet and cut into wedges. Serve topped with fresh shredded lettuce and burger sauce. 

Have a great day


  1. Don't knock Miracle Whip. Sometimes I prefer it to mayo. Very nice of that young woman. Not too many would offer. My car is now ten years old. But I only have 43,000 miles on it so it will be mine for a few years more.

    1. I can't stand the stuff Denise. Actually she's no youngster, but yes, it was really nice of her. Our car is 17 yrs old I think. Still runs well.

  2. That was nice of her to bring your groceries to you.
    We only use Miracle Whip.

    1. It was Alex. Nice woman.

      As I said above, I can't stand the stuff. Too sweet for a start.

  3. So there are still people in the world who are simply nice. Ouch on the car bill, but it got fixed quickly.

    1. There certainly are Susan. Unfortunately it turned out that I can't get the car until Thursday now. Pain in the you know what.

  4. That's a hefty bill, but if the car is usually reliable, cheaper than investing in a new one.

    1. You're right it is Diane. Being an older car it is also more 'solid' that most of the cars around today.

  5. I only ever use Hellman's/Best Foods for mayo. Never liked Miracle Whip. Sorry about the car repair. It's been nonstop repairs here too. I'm sooooo tired of it plus it costs a small fortune.

  6. Those older cars are usually more solid and trustworthy. My first car many years ago was ancient but it just kept going and going.