Archive for September, 2014

Chicken & Bacon Salad

I went crazy last night and cooked up a storm. Follow the recipe below to make an awesome Chicken Salad. I cooked the Chiken over the BBQ for extra flavour. 

  • 2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 chicken breast fillets, cut into 2cm cubes
  • 4 rashers bacon, rind removed
  • 4 slices wood-fired bread, roughly torn
  • 1 avocado, peeled, sliced
  • 50g baby spinach
  • 2 baby cos lettuce, outer leaves discarded, leaves pulled apart
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) creme fraiche or thick cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  2. Combine the mustard, honey, half the oil, garlic and chicken in a dish. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Line 2 small baking trays with baking paper, place the bacon on one and the bread on the other. Drizzle the bread with the remaining oil. Place the trays in the oven for 5-6 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon, then reduce the oven to 150°C and cook the croutons for a further 10 minutes or until crisp and golden. Break the bacon into bite-sized shards.
  4. Place the avocado in a large serving bowl with the spinach, cos leaves, tomatoes and onion.
  5. Drain the chicken, reserving the marinade. Heat a large non-stick frypan over medium heat, add the chicken and cook for 7-8 minutes, turning to prevent catching, until the chicken pieces are cooked through and golden. Add the chicken to the bowl with the salad. Pour the reserved marinade into the pan, stir in the creme fraiche and cook until bubbling. Pour over the salad and give everything a good toss together. Serve while still warm.

September 23, 2014 | By | Reply More


Well this is just a qick post as I’m sure everyone is aware of this trick. Well not everyone as I recently had aconversation with a colleauge over the quickest way to create nestled folders. My answer was open terminal and type your folder structure such as…

mkdir -p ~/folder/folder1/folder2/folder3

Just about as fast as it gets….

September 22, 2014 | By | Reply More


Another commandline gem is ditto (man ditto).

This command, called “ditto,” not only copies the files from the source directory to the destination directory, but creating the destination directory if it doesn’t already exist. It will also merge the contents of the source directory with the destination directory if it exists.

It will follow symbolic links and hard links when copying files and will also preserver permisions and metadata. Which comes in really handy if you are working on say the ‘User Template’ folder for example.

Runing ditto is a snap…

ditto ~/Documents/MyFolder ~/Desktop/MyNewFolder

That would copy MyFolder to the Desktop creating the MyNewFolder if it didn’t already exist.

If you would like to see the verbose output the simply add ‘-V’ before the source folder.

ditto -V ~/Documents/MyFolder ~/Desktop/MyNewFolder

If you need more info on other options again type man ditto.

September 22, 2014 | By | Reply More

The Tweeting RaspberryPI

I’ve been doing some fun stuff with one of my RaspberryPI’s over the last week or so. I have now got it tweeting the temperature and humidity of the inside of our apartment. It’s only a small step but a fun one never-the-less. I’m also sure it will reduce the number of followers I currently have.

The set up is really simple. A DHT22 Temperature Sensor and a few lines of code.

It’s still very much a work in progress project and the outcome of it is to have a weather station installed upon our roof thats tweets the current weather conditions. I would also like to eventually include a web interface with detailed stats of the current & past weather. 

I will post more details of the code and circuit diagram when I feel its ready. But for now if you have any questions regarding my setup etc please post a comment.

September 16, 2014 | By | Reply More