Sometimes misinformation has nothing whatsoever to do with misunderstanding the language.
I took my new flat screen monitor back Thursday.
You remember, the one I got such a wonderful deal on….
There was a reason they gave it to me for half price – other than the fact that the box had been opened.
I don't know the details and, frankly, I don't give a rat's ass….
It didn't work properly.
I want one that does work properly.
I took it back.
I went to the reception desk at the store entrance and told the nice lady that I wanted to return my screen.
She glanced in my trolley and told me that I would have to go to the returns department. I was to go back out to the parking lot and the entrance was down at the end on my left.
The Carrefour, which is such a huge store that the employees where roller-skates, is in the center of an absolutely enormous, one-level shopping mall.
I decided to walk to the end on the inside and check out the rest of the shops. I got to the end, finally, and headed out the door.
I passed another information desk. As I walked by, I asked if the returns area was just outside as I had been told.
She said no, I needed to go back to the other door (where I had started) and it was outside that door.
Back I went.
Out in the parking lot I started retracing my steps but on the outside of the mall this time. Sure enough I saw the sign with an arrow assuring me I was going in the right direction.
I walked and looked.
I walked past the door with the second information booth.
Turns out that was only the end of the inside part of the mall.
I walked past a big restaurant, a sporting goods store, a toy store…..
I finally reached the end and saw another sign with another arrow.
Still headed in the right direction.
I walked around the end of the mall and started up the back side.
Through the employee parking; past employees on their smoking break wondering what the hell was this woman doing wandering around back there with a trolley and a computer screen.
Finally, after about 25 minutes of walking I find myself exactly opposite of where I started – and there was a door for returns.
I went in.
The nice man asked how he could help.
I told him I wanted to return my screen.
I gave him all the paperwork and he looked it up on his computer.
Then he looked at me said 'But that's a computer screen!'
I said 'I know that.'
He said 'But this is the returns department for television screens! You have to go to the main reception desk to return computer screens.'
I explained that I had started there and she sent me to him.
I explained that I had walked, pushing my screen in my trolley.
He took pity on me and said if I went a little bit further I could cut through the employee entrance to get back into the mall and, eventually, back to the reception desk.
Which I did.
Which led to about 15 minutes of me wandering through the bowels of the shopping mall, pushing my trolley, occasionally running into an actual human who would point me to my next destination.
Finally, I found my way back into the mall and back to the reception desk.
The nice lady recognised me and smiled.
I said 'It's a computer screen.'
She immediately apologized profusely and frantically found someone to personally walk me through returning it.
I was just so damn glad to finally be in the right place….
Mon mari was about to call security when I finally met him in the computer department.
And I did get enough exercise to justify a pizza for lunch.
And a lovely Mushroom Timbale for a starter for dinner.
Mushroom Timbales with Parmesan Sauce
6oz (180gr) Cremini or other mushrooms
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp thyme
2 tsp oil
2 tbs Greek or plain yogurt
1/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) milk
2 tbs Greek or plain yogurt
4 tbs Parmesan, grated
1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
Butter two ramekins and line the bottoms with buttered waxed paper (makes getting them out easier).
Trim and chop the mushrooms. Heat oil and paprika in a medium skillet. Add mushrooms and sauté until nicely browned, about 10 minutes. They will release liquid, then dry out again.
Beat egg lightly. Add thyme, yogurt mix well. Add 1/4 of the mushrooms and mix well. Add the remaining mushrooms and mix. Spoon into prepared ramekins. Put into a roasting pan with deep sides – I use a metal bread pan, and add hot water (hot tap water is fine) so that it comes half way up the sides of the ramekins.
Bake for 25 minutes at 400F (200C) – they should be set, firm on top. Remove from oven and from hot water. Run a table knife around the sides to loosen. Put a small plate over top of ramekin and flip over. Remove ramekin, and paper from top (formerly bottom) of timbale. Turn timbale over. Spoon Parmesan Sauce around timbale and serve.
Parmesan Sauce: Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, add yogurt, Parmesan, mustard and stir well, until Parmesan is melted. Remove from heat and keep warm until needed.
In addition to this, for the week of March 18 we have Spanish Sole, Tagine of Lamb with Chickpeas, Ham and Savoyt Risotto, Pork Chops with Yogurt Mustard Pan Sauce, Burgers stuffed with Goat Cheese….
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