Spaghetti squash is so named as when it is cooked, the flesh falls away from the skin in ribbons resembling pasta. It is high in nutrients such as folic acid, potassim, Vitamin A and beta carotene and low in calories, making it a great addition to your meal if you are watching your food intake.
I woke up on the 21st of April to an email from Jetpack letting me know that my site was down. As I could do nothing about it until I got to work, I just pushed the issue to one side and got on with starting my day. When I got to the office I could see the back end of my blog, but the internet showed the following error when looking at it from the front end:
The tandysinclair.com page isn’t working
tandysinclair.com is currently unable to handle this request.
HTTP ERROR 500
I copied the message and sent it to my ISP wondering if the issue was from their end. I received no reply to my email and so I called their office after 9 when I was sure they would be open. My call was directed to voice mail and so I left a message thinking that they might be inundated with the same queries if indeed it was a server issue. After not hearing back from them for several hours I sent a SMS to the after hours number. By the time someone called me back I had left the office. I explained the issue and was told that they would look into it. The return call informed me that they had contacted a WordPress consultant who had removed all the plug-ins from my blog and that had fixed the error. Indeed, at 14h17 my blog came back online. But only briefly as the same person reinstalled the plugins. Now instead of the error message showing, I had a blank site. I was informed that I must remove every plug-in and re-install them one-by-one, seeing which one was causing the error. I did that, but lost not only my settings but also the paid for plug-ins. When I got home I went into my WordPress App on my iPad and I saw that someone, somehow had changed the setting to private. I would not have done that, but it certainly explains my blank page. Thankfully within 36 hours my site was up and running, and hopefully not too much damage was done. Strangely enough, my post for Duck Braised In Master Stock still published on the day my site was down.
When Dave was away I made spaghetti squash for my dinner. He is not a fan of this type of vegetable and so I used the opportunity while he was away. This is a great alternative if you are looking to substitute starch in your diet.
- 1 spaghetti squash cut into 8th's
- 5mls olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
- 6 rashers streaky bacon
- 16 baby tomatoes, quartered
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 10g dried olives, chopped
- 20g Gorgonzola
- Small handful of flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
- Place the squash onto a baking tray and drizzle with oil
- Season and bake for 40 minutes
- Discard the pips and shred the flesh from the skin and set aside
- Place the bacon into a cold frying pan
- Cook over a medium to hot temperature until crispy
- Remove from the pan, retaining the fat and chop and then set aside
- Add the 5mls of oil to the pan and add the tomatoes
- Cook until blistered and add the garlic and olives
- When you can smell the garlic add the squash and the bacon
- Season to taste and heat through
- Place into a serving bowl, scatter the Gorgonzola and parsley on top and serve
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What I blogged May 2:
- three years ago – I Made It Challenge