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Romany Creams Review
Just found your site and saw your review of Romany creams. I remember as a kid during the 60's, here in the UK, wolfing down packets of 'Gypsy Creams'. I can't remember who made them or what they were like and I don't know if they are still about. A Google search for 'Gypsy Creams' will yield some interesting results. Apparently they are the favourite biscuit of TV quizmaster Richard Whitely (channel Four's 'Countdown') and recipes for them abound. I suspect that Gypsy Creams are the non-PC equivalent of the South African 'Romany Creams'.
Regards, Jim Williams
|Nicey replies: Yep, we are up to speed with all of that including the dodgy Google search outcome. Typically when using Google to search for biscuit stuff it either brings up dubious stuff or our site. Interestingly Arnotts in Oz make Romany Creams under licence from Bakers, and call them Kingston. I picked up a pack a little while ago in the Australian shop in Covent Garden.|
May I begin by offering my congratulations on the continuing high standard of biscuit reporting in your esteemed organ.
A quick glance at the previous correspondence between ourselves may serve to refresh your memory of the forward-thinking nature of our venerable society, and I am pleased to report that this continues to be the case. Indeed, after a recent trip to the southern fringes of our continent, the society has never been more pro-european. Our exciting investigations into Iberian biscuit varieties continue with gusto (full results upon request). However, an alarming recent development in my private biscuit enjoyment has left me in a state of temporary biscuit flux. Allow me to elucidate.
My place of work is a charmless, dreary office, populated by automatons who simply stare goggle-eyed at their PC screens (when not discussing episodes of reality TV shows featuring cranially-challenged members of society who have not the first iota of appreciation for the smashing orangey bit in a genuine Jaffa Cake. Surely the time has come for a biscuit-based reality TV show? Perhaps a biscuit-themed version of Hells Kitchen? Just a thought. But I digress). My one small measure of solace was the daily replenishment of a Family Circle selection box, allowing one a plentiful and varied offering of biscuit combinations. It was through these private considered munchings that I would table my now-legendary "Bourbon and Orange Cream at the same time" motion to the society at our AGM last October. To step into the storeroom at work while the boss was out, and witness a bounteous supply of row upon row of Family Circle wholesale boxes- each containing a full twelve tubs- was a rare and heartwarming sight indeed.
Imagine my devastation therefore, to read a recent e-mail from the Managing Director informing us, in a disrespectfully jocular tone, that we as a "team" (bless her naivety) were consuming "too many biscuits" (it had never before occurred to me that such a concept existed. Is there any scientific evidence to support this ludicrous claim?) and that the treasured supply of Family Circle was being CANCELLED and replaced by a FRUITBOWL!!!
A fruitbowl??? If I wish to survive solely on semi-ripened tree products the means exist to do so in the 21st century (airfares to Guatemala have never been cheaper, for example), but surely this is an affront to my civil liberties? An undermining of the very fabric of the British Constitution?
After such a slight on my mental well-being, I took the understandable action of immediately lobbying my GP for 12 months stress-induced leave (on full pay), but he refused to acknowledge the extent of my malaise (curse these enthusiastic, newly-qualified doctors- lets see if 20 years as a GP leaves them so keen!). The Citizens Advice Bureau, the Samaritans, and my MP were similarly unwilling to help. I am therefore left staggering through the arid desert that is my new, biscuitless working week (pausing only occasionally to pick over the carcass of a Family Circle selection box that has gone before), and can only bemoan Britain's draconian working laws that allow an employer to simply discontinue a vital biscuit supply line without fear of a stern ticking off from some higher authority.
What is the matter with these people? Don't they realise that THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON BISCUITS??!!!
I'm going for a lie down.
Acting Host-in-Chief (while the wife is pregnant)
Bristol Guild of Biscuits Appreciation Society (North West and
Founded 1996 (at Dave's house)
|Nicey replies: We all like a nice bit of fruit, and too many biscuits on a regular basis is not a good plan. However, this is clearly a case of an ill judged unilateral decision that will antagonise the work force rather than improve their diet. Strike a compromise and switch to fruit and fruity biscuits like Fig Rolls, Garibaldis, Fruit Shortcake, Jammie Dodgers, HobNobs and Ginger Nuts. Alright some of the last ones weren't that fruity but you might sneak them past your boss.|
||Hullo Nicey and Wifey|
I have an ongoing debate (actually more of a war) between my friends who think that Cookies are better then BISCUITS.
Myself I think Cookies are a horrid American invention and Biscuits are vastly superior products but I would appreciate an official view on this
|Nicey replies: Annie,
Your 'friends' are hopelessly out of touch with reality. They should spare a thought for the thousands of British people forced to live and work in America who would give their right arm for a digestive or chocolate HobNob, whilst your 'friends' swan around in supermarkets full of them.
Thank you for your charming response. You've made me think that perhaps biscuits in space is a much-neglected research area that I should pursue. I'm attaching a picture of a 1959 Russian biscuit tin featuring Sputnik 1 for your enjoyment.
|Nicey replies: Alice,
That is a fantastic biscuit tin, you must be very proud. I tend to think about biscuits in space about 3 or 4 times a week at the moment, which I think is healthy. In our book (out in November) I thought about which would be the best biscuit for zero-g or micro-gravity situation. This is surely going to be an issue for the in flight catering on any future sub-orbital space planes. Inevitably I think its the fig roll.
Is it only me that can see the obvious benefits of having a nice sit down and a cup of tea in solving the current problems in Afghanistan, Iraq and with certain Swiss referees?
|Nicey replies: Oh yes that will get it all sorted. I've always though a good breakfast would be helpful with any conflict resolutions. It should have Sausages (contents dependent on cultural and religious backgrounds), Bacon (again if you are allowed it, the proper stuff mind you thats not all pumped full of water) Baked Beans (mandatory), fried and scrambled eggs, fried bread (also mandatory though you don't have to eat it) Black Pudding (again not everyones up for this but it should be available, and it should have pearl barley in it), mushrooms, not tinned tomatoes but fresh, big stack of toast and pots of tea. Oh and a choice of red or brown sauce, and marmalade for the left over toast. That should sort it out once and for all. The Swiss fella can have muesli which no doubt he enjoys and is good for him.|