||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
I was interested to read the letter by Jim McCourt in which he suggests using identity tags to clearly identify personal mugs. Unfortunately, such tags are not widely available outside the NHS and this strategy is therefore difficult to implement in the average workplace.
Perhaps you could do your bit to stop the spread of gingivitis by producing a NCOTAASD mug with a slogan such as "The Wife says, USE YOUR OWN MUG" and a space underneath to write your name. The mug could be supplied with a special pen which would withstand the rigours of washing up.
|Nicey replies: Having seen unscrupulous mug thieves drinking from vessels baring the names of other people and even pictures of their children glazed on I doubt if writing your name on it would really work. I think there must be a certain degree of professionalism in the healthcare sector that results in them actually taking notice of the little labels around the handles, which we wouldn't find elsewhere.
Still plans are very much afoot for a new UK based webstore for NCOTAASD, even as I write this a large consignment of exclusive mugs should be arriving at a secret destination somewhere in Southern England. We will of course let you all know more very soon, and if you purchase one you are free to disfigure it in any way you see fit.
Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread Review
|I am addicted to Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread although it is nothing like what we Yanks know as gingerbread. I have been to Grasmere on several occasions and always buy enough Gingerbread to last me thru Scotland, Wales and the South of England and some for home. Alas, I have never had it survive past Edinburgh. There is nothing that evokes any more wonderful taste sensations than that wonderful gingerbread. I have even tried ,without much success, to duplicate the recipe. I suppose it is time to return to Grasmere for a refill!|
Cheers, COL (RET) Victor Vierra
|Nicey replies: Victor,
Thanks for that frank account of Gingerbread excess. You'll have to add Tunnocks Wafers, and Tregroes Toffee Waffles to your repertoire that will enable you to make it through Scotland and Wales. Of course McVites has recently moved Gingernut production to Carlisle not far from Grasmere. They are currently making 6,854,400 of them a day, or about 80 a second. I think 5 seconds worth would get you round the UK comfortably for a fortnight.
Where have all the nice biscuit barrels gone?
I am looking for a tin one with one of those special lids which keep the contents dry, with a handle.
All I can find are pottery jars like teddy bears which are hideous and chip, wooden ones which taint the biscuits with a woody flavour or the type of canister you can keep lentils in.
Where have all the nice tin ones gone?
|Nicey replies: Yes Biscuit-Enthusiast Mandy had one of those Teddy Bear ones for a wedding present and its still in its box after a year. It didn't help much that the box had pictures of pink wafers on it, possibly because they are colourful and easy to draw.
Our proper biscuit barrel originally had a cracker selection in it, from M&S I think, perhaps a trip to there might bare fruit.
||Hello again. Regarding american recipes, I think that a stick is 4oz. Bonkers way to measure if you ask me. Cups are also similarly unreliable, as it varies depending on whether you scoop or fill with a spoon. I did once happen upon a good website for american ex-pats living in the UK which converted them all but I can't remember the address. Good luck with the cookies though - can I also recommend you try the granny boyd biscuits in Nigella's Domestic Goddess - v lovely!|
Have you ever heard of these? I'm sure they were sold in the 80's and they came in a golden wrapper. They were the same look and size of your normal wagon wheels but had a bit more chocolate, less marshmallow and were a whole load crunchier and lovelier. I don't know if they were a limited edition or if I'm just making them up - but any information that you can find out about them I'd be grateful.
|Nicey replies: There was something called Big Country which was a malted milk WagonWheel but that was in a blue wrapper. However, that doesn't sound like the one your thinking of..|