Thursday, August 19, 2010

Recipe: Guardian Fried Chicken

This evening I made an attempt at the Guardian Fried Chicken, and although Tim Hayward gives the recipe in the associated video, I wanted to share how I had gotten on.

Although the recipe is simple, it does take some time.

I also added some BBQ beans (just normal beans with brown sauce and lots of pepper) and some coleslaw for good measure.

I also had to make some compromises. I don't have a fryer, so I used a pan. Without a temperature guide, I used a trick my Mum used to do which is to drop a small piece of bread into the oil to get a feel for how hot the oil is.

So generally it all went well, although I had the oil too hot, so the coating became too crispy too early and when cut, the chicken looked slightly underdone. I put it in the oven for 10 minutes to finish it off, so while the meat was cooked it also dried out the coating. However, as I was cooking the pieces one at a time, I turned the heat down a lot so that the 5-6 minutes fried cooked the meat all the way through.

The one thing that was missing from the recipe was MSG for the spices. It might have enhanced the flavour more, it was already pretty good. It still didn't have that KFC feel to it though. I think I'll be trying it again though.

Check out the set for more photos.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Tengo and Cache

This project was born from a desire to push on from some work of creating iPhone applications using only web technologies that I had done some time ago. That work can be seen This first project was a way of deploying a HTML/CSS/Javascript application onto an iOS device and have it run as a native application.

The issue with that was the only way to change HTML, CSS, Javascript, images or other data was to depend on a live internet connection or do an application update. I was looking for a way to make it easier to cache those resources with a specific eye on offline experience.

After some thought, the lightbulb switched on and it became an immediate choice to use the HTML5 Cache Manifest file as a basis of discovering what resources should cached. This project aims to do just that.

Between the application bootstrapping and a webpage being rendered, the cache manifest is read and each file is downloaded and stored in the iOS application sandbox directory. After all files have been saved, the UIWebView will render an index.html file in that sandbox.

Check it out: