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On the subject of Iced Tea, I have to say that there is a world of difference between a lukewarm bottle of Lipton's and the Real Thing, which, when drunk on a REALLY hot day, is incredible. The best (and only) way of serving iced tea I discovered when on holiday in San Francisco and at a restaurant called 'Max's'.
Order it there and they will bring a teapot of freshly brewing tea to your table (along with the usual sugar), accompanied by a huge glass tumbler filled to the brim with ice (plus extra ice on the side!) and wedges of lemon and lime. The exciting thing is when you get to pour your freshly brewed tea over the ice and watch it melt instantaneously! Add sugar/ lemon/ice as you wish and you have yourself a really great drink! So - all you tea-drinkers out there; In the blistering summer, forget all that Lipton rubbish! Give real iced tea a chance!
Malted Milk Review
I came across a new (to me) packet of biscuits in Sainsbury yesterday. Elke's Cow Biscuits. They follow your standard malted milk biscuit formula and are therefore nice in limited quantities. They also have your standard malted milk biscuit drawbacks including the propensity to cling to your molars well after you have finished chewing. What this pack does give us compared to an archetypal malted milk pack is added humour. There are a number of cow-related puns modelled on the biscuits. For example the one I'm eating as I type has a picture of a cow and some bubbles and is subtitled Heifer-vescant. Sure, these aren't going to get you through a gig at the Comedy Store but they do enhance the biscuit-eating bonhomie in the workplace. Plus, the're a good ice-breaker in meetings - 'Want a Cow Biscuit?'.
|Nicey replies: I'm all in favour of innovation, but personally I'm still coming to terms with the cow and milk churn malted milk vs the classic big cow/little cow. I also saw some malted milks recently where the cow was just sketched on as an outline, which almost made me crash the shopping trolly.
||My Dad recently retired from Trading Standards, where he worked in the labsanalysing the various foodstuffs. Always one for telling me amusing, and often disgusting, tales of what they found he told me the tale of the 'Acid Juice'.|
A complaint was received about the orange juice dispensed from several machines in the West Yorkshire area. It seems that the orange juice dissolved the plastic cups it was served in. At first it was assumed to be a joke, but they were obliged to investigate. Phone calls were made and a supply of the concentrate was obtain from one of the customers. It was mixed as per the instructions to the correct strength and poured into several vending machine cups. After 10 minutes they returned to the cups to see what happened. Nothing appeared to be amiss so one of the labs assistants picked up one of the cups only to have the rim come away in his hand leaving the cup behind, neatly severed at the surface level of the juice.
Having proved the OJ was indeed disolving the cups they later found out that there was excess amount of orange oil in the concentrate. Orange oil is often found in heavy duty cleaing fluids and boast superb cleaning properties. Imagine if it dissolve a plastic cup, what is it doing to your insides, Consider that next time you go for the 'healthy option'
Found a couple of biscuit games on the web. Very strange concepts and frankly I got lost in the rules of Biscuit Tag after the first sentence. I do like the idea of biscuit medals though...
Set up a number of fun challenges for a Biscuit Challenge Olympics. You could have biscuit box obstacle course, biscuits and milk relays, long biscuit throws, synchronised eating etc. It can be as weird as you want to be.
Name the teams after the ingredients in the biscuits and make medals from biscuits 'glued' onto liquorice laces with icing so that everyone can eat their prizes.
This is a variation of blob tag. One third of the group are icing and the rest are biscuits. Give those who are icing a cloth or paper label to wear. Two biscuits plus icing make up one cookie. Those who are icing try to tag two biscuits to make a cookie. Once they make a cookie, they try to tag other cookies, but not single biscuits. When everyone is in one blob, they've made a packet of Biscuits.
|Nicey replies: Jim,
Not convinced. I think who ever devised this is probably trying to deal with the guilt of eating too many biscuits by trying to invent 'healthy' sports around them, it all sounds a bit weak. Either that or its the work of bored clean living students attempting to be subversive. Just have your tea biscuits after a nice brisk walk, then continue with the rest of your life.
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
A friend of mine has just paid a visit to Eastern Europe and tells me that on ordering a nice cup of tea in a café, she was presented with a mug of black tea with a separate bottle of lemon juice. Is this common practice in Eastern Europe and, if so, is it a perhaps consequence of European legislation governing milk quotas?
|Nicey replies: Yes I've had the lemon thing happen to me, its quite cruel, as the promise of a proper nice cup of tea is dashed by the appearance of the yellow citrus nonsense.|