Grilled Cumin Chicken Breasts; iffy wifi

We bought another freezer. We now have 2 upright freezers. They’re on the small side, even by European standards. Our new one is the same size as the old one. They are each about 5 ft high and 2 feet wide.

We could put half of a cow in our freezer in the U.S. I’ve never seen one that big here. One of these is now fairly full with the lamb we got last week.

Since moving to France and having a potager, I have had a freezer devoted to storing my harvest. By early fall I have it full of soups and bags of vegetables. It’s usually carefully organized with every nook and cranny tightly packed. It stays closed until the cool weather hits at which time I start using my bounty.

Prior to that we still eat the fresh produce from the garden. When I had too many tomatoes or summer squash to eat they went into the compost.

This year they’ll go into the second freezer. With the pandemic likely to last until at least the beginning of 2021 and the economic downturn likely to last a lot longer it seemed prudent to preserve all of the food I can grow.

Plus I can now buy the big boxes of boneless, skinless chicken breasts when they’re on sale – which is good as we have them for dinner at least twice a week.

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Grilled Cumin Chicken Breasts

We love cumin so are generous with it, especially in a marinade. We used 2 tsp…. reduce according to your own tastes.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grilling


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs cider vinegar
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
  • 12 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano


  • Mix oil, vinegar, Worcestershire, mustard, cumin and oregano. 
  • Spoon over chicken breasts and let marinate for 10 minutes. 
  • Cook on barbecue grill 6 – 8 minutes per side.
  • Remove, slice and serve.


 You could also sauté in nonstick skillet for about the same amount of time.

Keywords: grilled chicken, chicken breasts, cumin

Grilled Cumin chicken Breasts

I have a mystery.

We have a smart tv. Sadly, it’s only smart enough to allow us to watch French Netflix. To watch Hulu or Prime or U.S. Netflix we need to use my laptop connected to the tv via hdmi cable.

Our house is stone, with thick walls. In order to get the wifi to the tv from the router I use an extender.

With me so far?

For the last 3 years that has worked fairly well, with only the occasional hiccup in streaming.

About 2 weeks ago things sort of stopped. There would be long pauses as we waited for data to be buffered in order for the show to play.

Enough with the background…. I did all the usual tests and here is where I’m at.

I bought a new extender, plugged it in and all is well for the first 10 – 15 minutes. Then the same problem started – the little spinning circle while the show sat, frozen, on the screen.

I turned off the extender and it started playing immediately, using wifi directly from the router…. for 10 – 15 minutes.

Long story short….. We can watch anything if I switch between extender and router every 10 minutes.

That’s all so bizarre I cannot wrap my head around any possible causes.

It has to be gremlins…. Right?

4 thoughts on “Grilled Cumin Chicken Breasts; iffy wifi”

  1. There’s a special adapter that can connect an Idevice to the HDMI on a smart(ish) TV. We often use that on the back patio.

    I hesitate to recommend a chromecast, because that uses the wifi too.

    • We bought 2 new TVs at about the same time. The big one is barely smart Netflix and a browser that doesn’t browse. The cheap, little one for the kitchen is totally set-up for everything. We learn – too late lol

  2. I’m wondering if your actual router is going. I got rid of our ISP’s router/modem since it cost me $140 a year to ‘rent’ it and bought a modem and router and it works much, much better. And now I get a consistent signal which had started to fail with the company owned you-must-rent-our-equipment one.

    And that’s too much cumin for me. I’d have to cut it back by half. 😉

    I have a chest freezer. While I like the fact that when I open it, all the cold stays inside rather than running down the front of an upright, I can’t ever find anything in it. The next one will be an upright.

    • The router is fairly new. Our line strength is so abysmal that I get new routers regularly in their effort to give us a decent connection We’re supposed to be at 2000mbs but it’s rare.
      That is why I don’t have a chest freezer. I know where everything is in the uprights so I’m quick. Tomato soup on 1 shelf, zucchini on another, meat on a third, etc. The hubs isn’t allowed.

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