I love it when I spend two solid days working at my computer and accomplish absolutely nothing.
Nada! Rien! Zip! It’s exhausting!
I’m back where I started on Saturday morning. And, I might add, damn glad to be here!
It all started simply enough. In case you didn’t know, (duh!) I have a website, Thyme for Cooking, in addition to this blog (sacrilegious, I know!) with which I am trying to eke out a living to maintain my current lifestyle of, um, living, eating, etc. I’ve been wanting to add a ‘member’s only log-in’ function for the last year and finally decided it was time.
Naturally, I did the first thing I always do with any problem: buy something! In this case I bought a little piece of software on the internet for interfacing with PayPal.
They said it was easy to use.
The fact that they also said I should have knowledge of PHP and MySql didn’t deter me in the least. (Don’t know those words? Hahaha! Me neither!)
Then I bought “PHP and MySql for Dummies” at Amazon.com. I mean, other people do this right? It can’t be that hard!
The fact that I had no knowledge of PHP and MySql didn’t deter me in the least.
Next step, before actually opening the “Dummies” book, is to go to the the host for my website, tick the little boxes that say “Add MySql and PHP capabilities” and try to install my new software.
So, I did what else I always do: start opening files and folders, checking this, tweaking that, running this, installing that; generally, in the guise of ‘familiarizing myself’, I dig a whole that gets bigger and deeper with every click of the mouse.
By the end of Saturday, pretty much nothing worked. Even the stuff that had worked in the morning no longer worked. It was time to quit.
Back at it Sunday morning, I decided to do the next thing I always do (after I totally screw things up): delete the whole mess and start over; this time reading the instructions, opening the book and starting at step one. (How boring!)
Except, I couldn’t! Delete it, that is.
Somehow, in all of my tweaking and clicking, I had managed to delete my own privileges. I no longer had the authority to do anything. No matter what I tried to do, the F***ing, helpful, computer came back and said “Access denied”. I no longer had the authority to give me my authority back! You can see the problem.
By the end of Sunday I conceded defeat. I hate that! I called the help line.
After two days of this, I was not feeling receptive to the chipper voice on the other end. Fortunately, I remembered that I wanted him to actually help me….
He spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out the problem. (Number one issue with geeks: much more interesting to figure out why than to just fix it.)
Finally, he admitted he was stumped.
Finally, he listened to my plea: just delete the whole mess and let me start over!
But what about saving your work, he asked… Trust me, I don’t want it saved…
So, this morning I’m back where I was Saturday morning, with a clean slate, a pristine program, a do-over!
Now, where was that book again? Oh never mind, who needs books….
It’s why I like pasta; imagine what you want it to taste like and then add ingredients until you’re there!
And who says Red Beans need to be with Rice?
This is my entry for Presto Pasta Nights, started and hosted each week by the lovely Ruth, of Once Upon A Feast. Each week find a plethora of pasta in her Friday post..
Beans are a major vegetable in both France and Spain, but are normally
rarely flavored or spiced. If I could get them, I would use
‘red kidney beans in chili sauce’ for this. If you do, you might want
to use less chili powder. Frying the chili powder releases more of the
flavor. I used a local, dry-cured ham. It has tons of flavor so not much is needed. Prosciutto is probably the easiest, similar ham to find, but Serrano, Iberian, Bayonne, would all be delicious.
Pasta with Red Beans and Ham
1 cup dried pasta, penne, rigatoni
3 cloves garlic
1 stalk celery
1/2 green pepper
1 tbs olive oil
1 can whole tomatoes (15 oz, 450 gr)
2 1/4″ (.6cm) slices dry-cured ham, Prosciutto,
1 can/jar red kidney beans (15 oz, 450 gr) or chili beans if you can get them
1 small can chopped green chilies
1 tbs chili powder
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
few drops hot pepper sauce optional
anything else you would like to add to make it hotter – jalapeños, red pepper flakes?
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Chop onions, celery and pepper. Finely chop garlic. Heat oil in large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chili powder and sauté 1 minute. Add onions, celery, pepper and garlic and sauté 7 – 8 minutes. Trim ham and cut into bite-size pieces. Add ham and sauté briefly. Drain and rinse the beans. (Do not rinse ‘beans in chili sauce’.) Drain the tomatoes, reserving the juice, then roughly chop. Add beans, tomatoes, herbs and hot pepper sauce. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Add green chilies and simmer 5 minutes more. Add reserved juice if it starts to look to dry (not necessary if using chili sauce beans). Taste, adjust heat, remove bay leaves, add to pasta and toss well. Serve. Mon mari has jalapeños on the side.
Be sure to stop by Once Upon A Feast on Friday for the complete recipe round-up.
Back to work – if the entire internet collapses later today, don’t blame me…I’m not that good!