Za’atar is a blend of herbs and spices that’s popular throughout the Middle East. There are many variations of za’atar, with thyme, toasted sesame seeds, sumac, and salt commonly being the staple ingredients used.
Happy Thursday to you, friends! It feels like it’s been forever since I shared a new recipe. I’m glad to be back at it today! It seemed like such a mission to get here.
I took photos for this post well over a week ago and I ran into the most ridiculous issues all over the place since.
- My computer decided it would just overheat and crash when I was using Photoshop and Lightroom to work on said photos. Jason fixed it because he’s a friggen magician (or maybe he just knew what to do because he built this PC for me in the first place, but I’m still going with magician).
- I forgot how to edit photos, I guess? On average, a blog post takes me 4-6 hours from cooking to publishing, but this post had me working for days. The problem was I overexposed these photos like whoa during the shoot and it was a bit of a struggle to edit post-shoot. I ended up retaking some photos a few days ago to balance it out. That said, I’m pretty sure they don’t look quite right, but sometimes you just gotta stop being a perfectionist and move on.
- My blog broke, but just for me. I started to write up this blog post on Tuesday and ran into issues trying to upload the photos. Seriously. These photos had already given me so much trouble and now I couldn’t even upload them? They quickly became the bane of my existence (but then I remembered za’atar is so delicious and stopped being mad at the photos). I tried a couple of things to troubleshoot and proceeded to upload again. Apparently, I pissed something off because I quickly lost access to my own site. And I panicked. I thought it was down for everyone and I broke it somehow and it was the end of the world. Turns out, all of my friends had no problem accessing the site and I didn’t have an issue as long as I wasn’t connected to my home network too. I spent yesterday doing more troubleshoot fun and figured maybe my internet provider blocked my IP address, so I contacted them and nothing. Then I contacted my host last night and they were the ones who blocked my IP, but they quickly unblocked it and fixed the error I was getting on file upload all in about ten minutes. Apparently, the firewall decided to become strict for no reason, causing the error to occur. And me being a stubborn Greek trying to overlook the error by repeating failed uploads caused the IP block because my host was basically all “BAD NEWS BEARS.” Great story, right?
Thanks for indulging me by “listening” to my rants. You’re the best. Let’s move on to tastier subjects, yeah?…