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Lu Mikado Review
|Re-seeing you on b3ta made me click, and saw the mikado reminded me of some biscuits I saw in Hong Kong note: For men! There were other varieties for the fairer sex, or gender non-specific bisuits (unisex biscuits?) But these were the hardcore. Actually quite bland, the truth be known.|
|Nicey replies: Cheers Tom,
I think thats made sense of the whole thing now, if thats possible. Its a Japanese company who make essentially German snacks and who licence the brand to French made their own and then sold it me. Yay!
||Dear Nicey, |
I believe I can shed some light on this seemingly cruel child baiting! In Sweden it is traditional to serve very thin ginger biscuits at christmas time and indeed it is traditional to try to break them into three parts with one tap in order that your christmas wishes come true. This was taught to me
one happy winter time in Stockholm, as I had ingested large amounts of 'Glugg' a turbo alcoholic mulled wine like beverage that could cause blindness, I cannot remember the exact name of the biscuit but it featured many 'kn' sounds. I never had a cup of tea with any of these biscuits but presume this would have improved my memory considerably.
Yours humbly etc..
|Nicey replies: Yay Penny,
I've had Glurgg and those thin Ginger biscuits. The Swedish ladies that were with me at the time didn't tell me about smashing them with our elbows, they were more insistent that we had very large almonds dropped in our Glurgg.
||A friend I was working with had his honeymoon in Jamacia. Up on his return he brought with him several large bags, nearly doubling the weight of his luggage, of a wounderus biscuit called Ruff Tops. They are small, round with a slight dome. Crumbley, yet they hold together well under dunking. What really livens this little smasher up is that they are made with saffron and, I belive and little cumin. This gives them a yellow tint, quite unuseual in the tin, but also adds a slight edge to them, taking off some of the sweetness.|
I have yet to find them anywere over on Blighty, but my search continues. If, however, you know of anyone heading out that way, I suggest they pick some up for you to try.
|Nicey replies: They sound exotic. We had a Caribbean banana cake yesterday, and it was a bit of a disappointment as it didn't taste of bananas.|
I feel I need to express an opinion here. Alfahores in Uruguay may be one thing, but I can assure you that beingbrought up in Chile that Alfajores (note spelling difference) are a completely different beast. Imagine if you will two crumbly, crunchy, hob nob type biscuits. These are lovingly sandwiched together with dulce de leche (which by the way is the caramel you get from boiling a can of condensed milk in a pan of water for a couple of hours), then half dipped in plain chocolate. The problem with these unfortunately is that it is completely impossible to have just one. Inceidentally they dunk fabulously with one caveat, make sure you put no sugar in your tea as the chocolate and caramel will add the right amount of sweetness if you are a one teaspoonfful of sugar person when you have two dunked alfajores.
I will get off my soap box now.
|Nicey replies: Those Alfajores sound the business.|
||Hello Biscuit Lovers,|
I remember cartoonies from my childhood. As they are no longer widely available I have replaced them in my lunchbox with "Hello Panda" biscuits. They meet all Nicola's requirements too, as they are small; spherical; chocolate filled; decorated with a cartoon (fore mentioned panda doing lots of exciting activities, like smelling a flower and driving a car); and they come in a box which has a little foil bag inside to keep them fresh, not that that's a problem in my house.
I'm not sure how easy it is to get hold of them outside Liverpool, but I get mine in Chinese supermarkets. A box costs about 85p, pricey I know, but they're worth it.
To save Nicola from disappointment I feel I must place my hand on my heart and admit that Hello Panda's are not as nice as Cartoonies, this may be because Cartoonies have been elevated in my estimation due to their departure from the shelves, but I think it's probably the inferior chocolate.
Hope this is helpful,
(By the way, a friend bought me a box of the strawberry flavour 4 months ago, and they are still in my cupboard, enough said.)