I always buy at least two things in Spain: olive oil and sherry.
We can’t get sherry in France and olive oil is only available in small bottles. In Spain I buy 3 or 5 liter cans.
I also buy other stuff if I have the chance: jars of white asparagus and pimientos, anchovy stuffed olives, Spanish wine.
It all depends on how much room we have.
As to the sherry I buy some for cooking and some for drinking.
It goes perfectly with mushrooms….
Chicken Breasts, Sherry Mushroom Sauce
Total time: 30 minutes
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut in half
- 4oz (120gr) mushrooms, sliced
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) sherry
- 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) chicken stock
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1tbs cornstarch dissolved in 2 tbs water
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet.
- Add chicken breasts and brown on both sides, about 10 minutes total.
- Remove and keep warm.
- Add shallots, mushrooms to pan and sauté 5 minutes.
- Add sherry to skillet and scrape up any browned bits.
- Return chicken to pan, add stock, turn heat to low and simmer 5 – 10 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
- Remove chicken and cover with the pan lid to keep warm.
- Increase the heat to medium high and add the cornstarch mixture pan.
- Stir until thickened, spoon mushroom sauce over the chicken and serve.
Today has been one of ‘those’ days.
It started off with my computer. Apparently updates had been installed in the middle of the night and all of my settings were messed up.
I got my morning coffee, fixed my settings and then tried to go online. The internet was working but excruciatingly slow. It’s been getting progressively slower recently, with occasional spurts of normalcy. I attributed it to the provider doing whatever, and proceeded with my day, assuming it would, once again, fix itself
I went off to run errands and do the weekly shopping. One of the stores was having a special on non-stick cookware: bring in your old pans and get 50% off on new pans.
I chose 3 my oldest skillets and took them in to trade.
It was surprisingly easy. I went to the counter with my 3 pans, the woman smiled, told me to put them in the bin and handed me 3 coupons. There are 3 new skillets on my counter.
After a few more stops I headed home.
There was no improvement in the internet speed.
I unpacked the groceries, walked the dogs and fixed my lunch to eat while I was on hold.
I called the internet provider. It’s usually at least a 45 minute wait.
An actual human answered my call within 5 minutes.
After another 5 minutes she determined that the problem was my router. It was old and needed replacing. She gave me an ‘exchange number’ to get a new one.
It’s Friday afternoon and I had under 2 hours to get my new router. I put my lunch aside and drove back into town. An hour and a half later I was home and ready to install.
It connected to my PC with no problems. I only had to type in the 26 character key once.
I attempted to connect my phone. After a dozen or so attempts typing in the key I finally re-booted the phone. I typed the key in one more time…. It connected.
Next was mon mari’s computer. That involved hitting a few buttons on his PC and the router and it was up.
The extender that we need for the Roku to stream Netflix required a bit more work…. Then the Roku itself had to have the 26 character key entered – several times.
I paused to walk the dogs again, feed the dogs and reheat my lunch.
Finally, there was my Kindle, mon mari‘s Kindle, his phone, the tablet and my laptop all requiring the key to access the internet.
Yes, the internet is back up to normal speeds (so far) but why is it all so complicated?
I mean, really…. I’m not too worried that someone is going to drive out here to the middle of French farm country to steal my wifi bandwidth.
And if they did, would I notice?
Some of us don’t need to be so secure.