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This morning with tea at elevensies we had some Mr.Kipling Apple pies with custard and a lattice pastry top which were quite superb. But by 3pm they had all gone so we (the management & I) tucked into our biccy tin. Our dilemma is now should we buy more of the apple & custard pies or should we think of our waistlines?
Regarding cream teas in devon & cornwall I can thoroughly recommend the ones served at the Lee Abbey tea rooms at Lee Bay near the Valley of Rocks by Lynton - they are so good that on occasions we have had to opt for the mini-tea which has only one scone if we to reserve room for dinner.
|Nicey replies: I always advise in these situations just steaming into them in the hope that you'll get sick of them. Mind you biscuit enthusiast Andrew who I used to work with tried that with Double Coat Tim Tams, but the whole thing got away from him. Last I heard he had enrolled in the local gym and lost two and half stone.
I'm sure I had a cream tea near the valley of the rocks years ago, it was a long time ago but it was a good one.
||Please can you help me locate the whereabouts of a biscuit which I have a terrible craving for but cannot find anywhere. They are manufactured by Burtons and are called Jamboree biscuits. They were a gorgeous biscuit covered with coconut dipped marshmellow, with a line of jam down the middle, they came in pink, white and apricot.|
Thanks, Natalie Mann
|Nicey replies: Well if you are really set on getting some Burtons ones then try the old corner shop and petrol station search. You can often turn stuff here that isn't to found on the supermarket shelves.
Other than that you could settle for Jacobs Mallows which are basically the same thing and available in the big supermarkets.
||So that's what those little silver balls are - no wonder they break my teeth when I try to eat them....|
I probably bake a batch of fairy cakes about every 2 - 3 weeks for the teenage members of the household and their friends. These cakes are topped always with icing (usually pink or yellow) and variously with dolly mixtures, jelly sweets, mini-eggs at Easter time, or whatever else I can think of to ring the changes. Lakeland also do some very sweet little seasonal icing sugar pictures which are very popular. In fact, I think you should do a link up with Lakeland as they sell all sorts of things associated with nicecupsofteaandsitdowns.
Regards to The Wife and Junior Members.
|Nicey replies: We love our Lakeland fat separating jug, its got nothing to do with sit downs but The Wife does like making chicken stock.
I can see me having to make some Fairy cakes in the next day or two as I spent most of Friday thinking about them for the book. The application of mini-eggs to cakes is very underrated. I can see a plan forming..
i was horrified to see that 84/137 of responses - that's over 60%! - to your current poll claim that the best topping for "fairy cakes" is buttercream icing and bits cut off the top of the cake. Surely everyone knows that those are butterfly cakes? Look, a quick google reveals that not only are they called butterfly cakes, but that they are amongst the "best of british" food:
and they are so-called because, obviously, they look like butterflies.
whereas fairy cakes are small cakes in paper cases topped with glace icing (of any colour - pink or white is irrelevant) and decorated in some way - half a glace cherry stuck on top, or sprinkled with hundreds and thousands, or, as Nigella Lawson herself suggests, small sweets like dolly mixtures. So, enough of this butterfly cake nonsense - they are something else entirely (albeit, i admit, closely related). I hate to have to suggest this, but perhaps you should stick to tea and biscuits, which is surely enough for any right thinking person, and stop these occasional forays into what is apparently unknown territory (toast and cake)?
Best wishes - and hello to Wifey!
ps. maybe third time lucky and i'll get onto the feedback page. would it help if i added that, apart from this mistake (perhaps it was a trick question and you knew all along?) your site is fabulous
|Nicey replies: Oi Victoria,
Actually I'm completely with you on the icing thing, Butterfly or Angel cakes what ever, but it was the Wife who put the cat amongst the pigeons saying that's what she considered to be a Fairy cake. So I thought I would do a poll to prove her wrong and so far its not going too well on the side of reason. Now I know that people are going to point our that fairies have wings also hence the name, but I still personally think its icing and something else on top, sometimes even those little edible bicycle wheel ball bearings.
||Hi Nicey -|
Reading through the reviews' back catalogue, the absence of Fox's Ginger Creams is striking. (A bit of a shock, too, if I'm honest.)
I note that some readers comment on the choc coated ginger nut with near-evangelical zeal, describing it as a heavenly marriage of flavours.
In the same vein but at the other end of the scale (if you like), I think the ginger cream (a sandwich-type construction) a far more attractive combination. Dark chocolate and ginger are each, by themselves, quite strident base flavours - taken together, perhaps too much for more delicate
palates. (Not that I'm not a fan, incidentally.) Ginger and cream, on the other hand, are perfectly suited: the latter a softer counterpoint to the former. (If that makes sense?) Perfect, too, as dunkers - the crisp ginger biscuit on either side of the malleable cream centre acting a little like the stabilisers do on an unsteady child's bike. (Cream alone, I imagine, is hardly a natural choice for a good dunking?) In sum, then: ginger creams, a perfect ensemble of taste, texture and structure.
I urge you to review said biscuits with all speed. (A face off between wholemeal and sweetmeal digestives would also be most welcome, if your taste buds can stand the strain.)