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Some news you might find interesting. As a boy many years ago I loved the wagon wheels from Burtons.
I now live in Mexico and blow me down if I did not discover a wagon wheel in disguise!
Here they call it the Mamut or (Mammoth in English) and it is produced by a company called Gamesa!
|Nicey replies: I wonder if they ever heard of the Bandit biscuit.
Whilst in France a few weeks ago we gazed upon figures of Mammoths carved into cave walls by Cro Magnon man about 13,000 years ago.
||Hello, Nicey,Wifey and YMOS!!|
Now, I am in Seoul,South Korea with my husband.
ORION ,which is one of major companies on confectionery industry in South Korea, has manufactured a "Choco-pie"biscuit as its leading product since 1974. The "Choco-pie"is a pair of soft biscuits connected with a white chewy white marshmallow, living in a thin chocolate shell.
You can see a huge white Kanji letter written on the right side of the outer red box.. The Kanji letter reads Jon(in Korea)/Joh(in Japan). I think the word Jon/Joh could mean "love", "friendship", "mercy" and "sympathy" in English.
I hear that Korean people are generally rich in such feelings and think it important to hold the Jon/Joh in their heart. I'm sure that many Korean people are very kind. So, the maker ORION may have chosen the most ideal word for expressing what Korean people are.
Actually, as far as I know, we can see the "Choco-pie" at almost all supermarkets and convenience stores in Seoul Korea.
Hence, I never doubt of its immense popularity among Korean people. I am a big fun of the "Choco-pie" cool from the refrigerator, as I can enjoy the bounce of the marshmallow even more.
By the way, in South Korea, men are required to serve in military service for around two years before aged 30. They have to live in a military training centre during that period apart from
their family and beloved people. It will be expected that they will never enjoy meals rich in sweetness
at a luncheon room attached to the military training centre. They must be forced to have strict diet, every day.
However, there appears to be a corner shop in the centre and they seems to be able to buy the ORION " Choco-pie" there, after getting the approval of their superior officers. Service men who fortunately can get the Choco-pie under a licence will be healed their exhausted body and soul after daily fierce military discipline by the sweetness of the biscuit.
In fact, by the time they finally finish their service, most of them seem to find themselves become extravagant fans of the ORION "Choco-pie", even if some of them did NOT like it before their military service.
I guess it is impossible for us who have never experienced the "Choco-pie" in such a severe situation of military service to thank for its sweetness more than Korean service men.
Thanks for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Good work biscuit correspondent Miura. We are now better informed on possible military uses for Korean biscuits. They do seem to have borrowed heavily from the Wagon Wheel in overall concept though|
Having recently spent some tea-breaks in Iceland I thought you might like to know about a couple of the local delicacies:
Mjolkurkex - kind of like a triple thickness rich tea biscuit but square, fine aroma on opening the packet, resists dunking well. Quite a rugged biscuit with real structural properties. Rumor has it these were invented for trawlermen. Available in regular and wholemeal.
Maria - circular thin biscuits with a chocolate coating. Remarkably dunk resistant (still firm after 20 seconds).
These are both made by Fron and they do a range of others that I haven't managed to try yet.
If you want further info on Icelandic biscuits I can put you in touch with some people who are spending several months there doing voluntary work (between biscuit breaks) who have a wider experience of the local baked goods.
|Nicey replies: That's all very stimulating. What I know of Icelandic cuisine is that they once tried to give my Uncle Richard some fish that had been buried in a hole in the ground for a few weeks. The biscuits, even a reinforced rich tea sound better.|
Japanese McVities Digestives Review
|Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
Some Mcvitie's biscuits seemed to decide to spend summer season in an ice-cold place in Japan!
The other day, I found some Mcvitie's biscuits being in an ice-cream case ay my local "Queen's Isetan" supermarket.
How wise they are!
They must see that summer in Japan is humid and hot, well. Therefore, I suppose that some Mcvitie's' determined to move into such a paradise, away from the usual biscuit shelf.
Inside the red box, you can see six ice-cream sandwich biscuits individually wrapped. If you rule that the side of "Mcvitie's stamp" is its face, you might see six pairs of biscuits taking a peaceful snooze, cooling their oven-baked biscuit backs on/under the chocolate ice.
The chocolate-flavoured ice-cream is smooth and rich. However, the Mcvitie's biscuit looks like losing their original crunchy texture of plain Digestive biscuits on/under the ice-cream.
They are soft, moist and soggy.
But it is enjoyable for me to eat such loose Mcvitie's biscuits once in a while in hot summer.
The ice-cream Mcvitie's is approximately 5.8cm in diameter.
Thank you for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Tokyo,Japan)
|Nicey replies: Hiromi,
Yet another exotic Japanese Digestive. I wonder if chocolate digestives would fair better? The layer of chocolate might help stop them going soggy?
I was fumbling through my old Delia Smith book the other day and came across a Neiman Marcus Cookies recipe which came on an email in 1998 from a friend. With the recipe was a story about woman who had enticed by the cookies to ask for the recipe, was given it and charged $250 for the privilege. It would seem disseminating the recipe was her revenge on the Neiman Marcus corporation. Anyway, long story short I made the cookies (halving the recipe because it claimed to make 112 cookies per batch). They were delicious and soon disappeared at work, at home, with friends, with neighbours etc etc. Fine crunchy biscuits made with nuts and chocolate chips and (substituted by Cadbury) Hershey bars!
So here’s the thing – was the Neiman Marcus Cookie recipe email a true story? Does anyone else remember getting this email or hearing about it on the web about 10 years ago – and would anyone like me to transcribe it in full. (Beware the biccies are more-ish and horribly fattening).
|Nicey replies: Hiya Trina,
Yes somebody did forward on that mail to me. I remember thinking that it was entirely fabricated for many reasons. How could they just charge her all that money without her permission and if they did then she should have taken them to court. Also she must have been a bit mad to write to a company and seek their recipes as they are subject to change and not disclosed to anybody. Also the company must be mad to do that, for the two reasons stated.
Finally people receiving recipes in unsolicited messages was basically the plot for the monster movie Species.