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||Dear Mr Nicey|
I do enjoy your site. I'm sitting here with a nice cup of green Lapsan Souchon from a specialist tea supplier on the New South Wales central coast (Cesar's) and a dark chocolate Tim Tam. (My daughter has eaten all the Tia Maria Tim Tams which I was planning to suck with a fresh brew of Cesar's Cuban Supreme coffee, but that's life as mother of a teenager.)
I am wondering whether you can help me. I spent two wonderful years on a working holiday in London back in the early '70s. During that time I became very fond of McVitie's ginger cake. I have never been able to find a suitable substitute here in Australia and despite many years of experimenting with various recipes I have never succeeded in recreating that wonderful combination of light texture, slight stickyness and rich, dark colour. If you consider it appropriate, I would be eternally in your debt if my plea for a recipe that simulates the McVitie creation could be posted on your site.
With best wishes
|Nicey replies: Jenni,
I can understand your plight, being stuck in a sub-tropical paradise, wanting nothing more than a slice of ginger cake from Halifax. Also as for a slight stickyness, perhaps its a fond 30 years of memory playing tricks, but the outside is the cake is like a blend of syrup and carpet tile adhesive, and will only usually be parted from its paper case if threatened with some sort of knife. All part of its unique charm of course.
As for a recipe, I don't hold out much hope. These things usually can only be made given the correct industrial cake plant. Maybe somebody will bring you one, but it might not take well to confinement in a suitcase.
||I liked your site which someone in the office suggested viewing while I held forth on the unmatched superiority of the choclate hobnob.|
I don't know if you know but a Twix is offically (in the eyes of the Inland Revenue) a biscuit and as such does not incur VAT in the way say a Mars or Snickers would. Dull, pedantic and ultimately pointless information I'll grant you but if you didn't know - you do now.
|Nicey replies: You may well be right, as a chocolate covered biscuit it would definately inccur VAT. The rates may be different between chocolate biscuits and chocolate bars, I don't know, VAT gets very odd on these sort issues.|
What a fantastic video that was, contributed by you readers Nick and Tom, I think the Top Trumps are an excellent idea long overdue, and the mix of psychedelic visuals and the cheery, funky tune will keep us smiling for days to come. However I was distressed to note one dangerously disturbing part of the video seemed to be encouraging the practice of allowing the teabag and milk to cohabit within the same cup at the same time. At best this sort of display should be accompanied by a strongly worded warning and at worst it should be outlawed, punishable by enforced arrowroot biscuits for week.
Whilst a largely liberal person, I think we can all agree that there is a limit, and when that limit is crossed we must all don our grumpy hats, and write grumbly letters to the relevant powers-that-be, be they MP's, Terry-Wogan, or in the case of biscuits, your good selves.
|Nicey replies: Very quietly
Yes the Wife does that from time to time, and its all a bit wrong. It also makes a really repulsive sort protoplasm slime at the bottom of our teabag-bin.
Possibly a little away from the mission statement, but a debate has sparked off in the office regarding the proper topping (if any) for crumpets - namely, sweet or savoury?. Responses thus far include:
Sweet - jam or honey
Savoury - butter
Savoury - cheese
Crumpets are evil
Anything up to and including a full egg and bacon crumpet sandwich.
Your views or those of the NCOTAASD community would be most valued.
As ever, you humble servant.
|Nicey replies: Here at NCOTAASD HQ it is butter, or butter + jam, or butter + peanut butter.
I find the 'nothing' troubling, and possibly in contravention of a crumpet's basic rights.
Sounds like a poll.
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|Nicey, Wifey and all at NCOTAASD,|
I was recently at UWIC University attending a UCAS convention, picking up information on universities and the like, everyone was handing out prospectuses, so off we went collecting them when we walked passed Essex university stand. Now I had not previously considered Essex University, but I could not help picking up a prospectus when I saw it. I brought it home eager to show the staff at NCOTAASD. I am sure you will appreciate the prospectus and despite not having read the prospectus, myself and others are now considering Essex University for our education based on their dedication to Party Rings.