Day 273: And on the third day, we had more mushrooms

September 30, 2007

I discovered today that I did something really stupid a couple of days ago. I have made a few websites and offered to make one for a friend. In my not-thinking, pregnancy brain sort of way, I gave the software installation the same username and password as I have on my websites, so that I wouldn’t forget it while I was getting things up and running. I intended to change the details as soon as I passed the site over to her for control. Last night I happened to check the site that I have been working on for the last couple of weeks, only to discover that it no longer existed. Poof! All gone. So after a torturous time trying to get support from the webhost, I realised that the newest site, for my friend was using the same database as my new, but still older, site. Effectively, by setting the same username etc, I had authorised a rewrite of all my hard work. Ha ha ha. I’m still laughing at that one, but in a funny sort of way I’m glad it was my stupid mistake and not one that was caused by anyone else who I’d then have to shout at. Too tired to shout. Hopefully I can piece my design back together without too much trouble, what an idiot.

Speaking of idiotic, tonight we made Creamed Mushroom Sauté with Artichoke Hearts, Spinach, and Penne. Only as I typed that title did I realise that I forgot to add the cream. In my defense, it is quite hard to follow the variations on the Master Recipe, without extensive cross-referencing. The recipe said to “Prepare the mushrooms and sauce just as for the master recipe #271, using dry white wine and chicken stock.” So, yes, the liquid content in this dish came from the wine and the stock- I completely forgot that two days ago we also used cream. Oops. Still, we had spinach and artichoke hearts and penne and Parmigiano and nutmeg- they all found their way in to the pan. The meal was nice, if a little bland. The artichokes added a little pep to an otherwise somewhat monotonous meal. We can only imagine that the cream would have made the dish into a creamy wonder. Even without the cream this was pretty tasty, if not wildly exciting. Tomorrow will most definitely be creamy with Creamed Mushroom Sauté with Hearts of Palm, Arugula, and Pappardelle.

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  • Reply Joannie October 1, 2007 at 11:06 am

    I think making you cross-reference another recipe is annoying. Even if RR is trying variations on a theme, it’s really hard to remember one recipe’s instructions while making a different recipe — like making waffles with a pancake recipe. You have to remember double this but only half that and so on. How hard is it to just reprint the instructions?

  • Reply Helen | One Year Project October 8, 2007 at 8:13 pm

    I could not agree more. Plus, it’s not like the book has a great layout with beautiful pictures, there is always room for some more instructions.

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