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Just have to lend my support to Nicola's point here. I can't say I've grown up with cream teas (though never say no if I get the chance to indulge) but in my limited experience, and preference, it's got to be cream first!
Surely this is just practical as well as more aesthetically pleasing? Think about it, jam, while fresh, can be pretty slick stuff. If you try to spread something rougher over it (i.e. clotted cream, surely the stiffest off all creams?), the whole topping ends up sliding all over the place. This is bad news, as evidenced by the mixed up pale pink creamy jammy goo (and worst of all with scone crumbs worked into it) that one could so eaily end up with in this kind of practice. However, treating the cream as one would butter on the scone and then dressing it up with runny jam ensures that all three compents retain their individual contiguity until they are devoured. Mixing is then allowed.
|Nicey replies: I understand what you are getting perfectly only the cream we had in Cornwall was quite runny and the jam quite stiff. Perhaps rather than hard and fast rules this is really a case by case judgment. Why can't one simply apply jam to one half and cream to the other in which ever orientation pleases you, no confusing mechanical issues.|
I am a regular reader but first time contributor to yours, the best website in the world.
On seeing your picture of a "typical" cream tea I felt the need to comment on the disastrous placement of clotted cream.
Originally from Devon (and therefore highly qualified on the subject of cream teas) I was always taught that the cream goes on first, then a small blob of strawberry jam is place atop (certain heathens may use raspberry jam but the least said about those people the better!). You're picture clearly puts jam first, then cream! Quelle horreur!
Despite this comment I am pleased that your horizons have broadened during your trip.
Keep up the difficult work!
|Nicey replies: My Auntie Edna who has local knowledge of the issue did warn me that I might be inciting unrest. However, yours is the first mail I've had advocating cream first so it would appear you're in the minority. If you are right then my reply should really lead to widespread unrest.|
I was reading your article on Universal Cake Theory over a nice cuppa, when I suddenly remembered something a friend once told me about the nature of cakes in the cosmos:
"On ingredients lists of some products it says 'anti-caking agent'. Does this mean everything contains anti-caking agent except cakes? If there was a world shortage of anti-caking agent, would everything in the universe turn to cakes?"
I would urge the cancellation of all orders for said anti-caking agent, allowing cake to proliferate across the known galaxy. However, maybe some sort of tea sanctuary could be erected, so that a nice cuppa could be still be enjoyed amongst the goodness?
|Nicey replies: Excellent deductive reasoning. Mind you its salt that has anti-caking agent so that implies that the sea is actually dilute cake.
||Several years ago, whilst flying to Greece, I was given a McVities Ginger "Cake Bar". Neither cake nor biscuit, I thought , and ate it with my coffee.|
Idly scanning the wrapper, I noticed a spelling mistake in the ingredients list. I lost no time in writing to those nice people at McVities and pointing out the mistake.
As a reward , those nice people at McVities (tnpam's?) sent me the following: A small box of cake bars, some "Penguin" fridge magnets, and (best of all) a McVities solar powered calculator.
Has anyone else had such an exciting experience?
|Nicey replies: Ahh the thrill of an uncorrected spelling mistake. You must love our site.
Botham's Tea, Shah Ginger and Ginger Choc Chip biscuits Review
|Elizabeth Botham makes very fine tea,|
But her silver tea pot burnt me.
In Whitby Town we sat down,
The wife, myself and Kids 3.
After Nicey's tip, we planned a trip,
For homemade biscuits and tea.
Their blend was a good pour,
Though the waitress was dour.
(but in Yorkshire that's the score!)
But transported back to Victorian time
(By the Botham's time machine!)
I pondered this eternal question.
Twixt bickys and tea, and fish and chips,
What would your choice be?
Whilst some might go for Whitby cod,
IT'S A CUP OF TEA FOR ME !
|Nicey replies: So that's mostly a thumbs up. Actually I've been thinking about breaking into our last Botham's All Butter Fruit Cake most of this morning, it survived a trip to Colchester Zoo the day after the Bank holiday, (which I think it enjoyed) but its on borrowed time now. |