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Hard Drives & Zucchini Fritters

The last two weeks have been rather interesting – although I think nerve-wracking might be a better choice of words. As you know, we do quite a bit of computer work for ourselves and clients. Some of these files were backed-up on an external hard drive….. which to my horror crashed about two weeks ago. The process of it ‘crashing’ hinged on three factors – it used an external power source (plugged in like an appliance); it had a faster than average processing speed that caused it to ‘run hot’ and the software that ran it was pre-programmed onto the disc itself. Now you know everything I know about it.

At any rate, tried to get into one of the files…. nothing…. even my computer couldn’t see the ‘new hardware’ when I plugged the drive’s connection into the USB port. Panic set in. That drive had about fours years of files on it – I couldn’t even imagine trying to duplicate some of them as they had taken me so long to develop.

After about a dozen tries at getting it to work on three different computers – we made a desperate ‘midnight’ call (it was actually more like 10:30pm) to a friend of David’s who is nothing short of a computer guru-miracle worker. We explained the situation to him – he said “not to worry – think I can get them back”. So we made a special delivery trip to get the drive to him and he went to work. The before/after picture above is of the dis-assembled drive after he finished with it. Don’t have a clue as to what he did or how he did it – but YEAH!!!! – he was able to retrieve and save all my files. Just got the discs back Saturday.

So now I’m on a dedicated program to have everything backed-up in at least three different ways – portable hard disc drive, jump drive and CDs. I think this important enough that on our ‘Power to Earn Money’  blog I’ve posted about the five (5) ways to back-up your files . . . as well as discussing the good and bad features of each. If you have anything of value in your computer, pictures on digital camera sticks or in your cell phone … particularly files you haven’t downloaded ….you really need to think about  backing everything up and saving it elsewhere. Read more about back-ups here.

Now on to something that I enjoy more than working on the computer – cooking. Made a loaf of zucchini bread on Sunday – I do this about once a year because we love it and will sit down and eat half a loaf at one time… not good. I had one zucchini squash left over and since I don’t like to waste food – needed to figure out a way of using  it. David won’t hardly eat squash in any shape or form (except something that’s a kin to cake) – BUT he will eat just about anything that is fried. So Zucchini Fritters to the rescue.

I’d not ever seen any zucchini fritters or zucchini pancake recipes so I set out to do my own thing… and they weren’t bad. In fact we decided we liked them well enough to have them with the next Chinese meal we have here at home. They are not unlike Egg Foo Yung (David said they tasted like an egg roll with out the wrapper) – and were really good with a little bit of Sweet and Sour sauce on them.

They were a quick fix and didn’t require any unusual ingredients. This is my recipe. . . .

  • 1 medium sized zucchini (shredded)
  • 1 tablespoon fineyly chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping tablespoon flour (maybe a little more depending on high you heap)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and fry in oil that has been pre-heated to medium high (about 1/2 inch in depth). Spoon heaping tablespoons of the mix into the oil, flattening it a little, so you have pancake looking fritters. Fry until golden brown; turn and fry until second side is golden brown. Remove from oil and place on paper towels to drain. Serve hot.  This recipe will make four fritters.

While talking about these at lunch and trying to decide what would make them ‘better’ – in addition to the Sweet and Sour sauce – we thought they might be good with a few bean sprouts thrown in as well as some finely chopped shrimp mixed in with the batter. May give that a try next time, especially if we have them as a side dish with maybe a P.F. Chang dinner…. sounds good to me.

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