Anyone who has a Weber BBQ somehow learns about the famous beer can chicken.
It’s not exclusive to Weber it just seems to come with the territory.
We have tried a few recipes and the best, so far, is the one included in the Weber iPad app. This recipe is different from the one on Weber’s website. I haven’t tried it but maybe the way to go is to use this recipe with the rub from the app recipe below.
What makes it special is the rub that makes the finest tasting chicken skin I have ever tasted.
These are the ingredients for the rub just in case you can’t get access to the iPad app.
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon lemon zest
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
A four pound chicken is cooked perfectly in around 50 minutes and remains beautifully moist.
The final key to it working well is the rack I purchased from Amazon. For around eight quid it makes cooking quicker, safer and the whole event more stable and reliable. Without it the chicken has a tendency to fall over mid-way through the cooking cycle.
Very conveniently, for the last few months the Sky HD+ box has worked with an external HD connected to the eSATA port on the rear of the unit.
After a software update on the 20th August 2013 the eSATA port is once again inoperative.
I spotted this blog over the weekend http://www.aysabtu.dk/blog/.
It explains, in detail, how to connect to a Squeezebox Touch to install a suitable Linux driver to enable a M2Tech hiFace or EDO to work connected to the SBT’s USB socket.
The performance when connected this way using my hiFace 1 is significantly better than I was getting using the S/PDIF output from my SBT.
There were two elements that confused me: one was forgetting that case is sometimes important in http links and the other in logging in as root.
Here is the original instruction in italics and below it my suggestion of what to do
▪ Open a root SSH session (default password: 1234) and execute the following 5 commands all followed by “return” (newline). The last one will reboot your SBT. Please be aware of any non-intended line-breaks inserted by your browser formatting the text.
▪ ssh -l root “IP Address of Player” <Return>
▪ root password (default is 1234) <Return>
Next I’d like to try the hiFace 2 as a comparison. It should be even easier as it doesn’t require a special driver under Linux (or Mac).
Let me know how you get on.
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Skyfall: great film spoilt by a cinema that talks the talk but obviously doesn’t understand or care about reproduction quality.
Screen 4, the IMAX screen in the Odeon Wimbledon on Monday evening was a pretty sorry excuse for a quality cinema experience. I suggest you avoid making my mistake and pay less (we paid for the, admittedly more comfy but still not enough legroom premium seats) to see Skyfall locally.
First we were let in with the lights up to see the place as you should never see a cinema – think nightclub in daylight. Then we were asked to leave so the cleaners could finish. On being allowed to return the lights were still too high and it was a good 15 minutes before anything appeared on the screen to amuse us.
Twice they ran the IMAX – the picture and sound are so great reel. Have they no idea or do they think that if they tell people they will believe it?
The image was grainy and the image went soft when any serious motion was occurring. I thought we had got passed those poor motion artefacts years ago.
The sound quality however made the image quality seem irrelevant. It was too loud.
The sound had not subtlety at all and had a WAHH like character to the midband that remind me of over use of an equaliser. The sound had no transparency; it was solid and slab like and generally unpleasant. It distorted as it got louder.
Skyfall is a great film and the Bond legacy lives on but it’s difficult to believe that the Odeon Wimbledon and IMAX have moved on that much in 50 years.