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re the vegemite / marmite debate - in switzerland they have a variant called cenovis, which is much milder in taste and colour. in addition to the jar version it also comes in a tube, and is a common addition to salad dressings, as well as being used on toast etc. while massively inferior to marmite, it is quite yummy and perhaps a good starting point for newcomers to the marmite-style taste.
kind regards as always
ps - my tea-drinking partner has just started working at London's tea and biscuit and sitting down hq fortnum and mason, and gets regularly asked for chocolate bath olivers. she directs them to ncotaasd to add their voice to the many calling for their return.
|Nicey replies: Yes I think Good Food Live tried to get some Chocolate Bath Olivers from Fortnum and Masons also. Nigel McCrea at Huntley and Palmers certainly freely ventured the fact that he gets asked for them and they may fit well with their new portfolio of products. Not sure about the licensing issues, however. We have had a chance to try all of their new range now, and I have to say its all really excellent stuff. The little tiny sweet biscuits were very posh affairs indeed, with lost of hazelnuts and brittle caramel. The crackers were all excellent almost like dark corn tortillas but flavoured poppy seeds or rye and sesame. The little checkers after dinner mints indeed kept us amused playing draughts after a big family dinner yesterday, although people started getting a bit suicidal toward the end so we could eat the pieces.|
||Mornin' Mr Nicey,|
Refs to the Army's oatmeal block take my mind back about 60 years (temporarily, you understand). During or after WWII, in which my three brothers served, we received from somewhere a few tins of Army rations. If I recall aright, they contained those oatmeal blocks, which my small teeth couldn't manage without risk, and also some dark and equally hard chocolate. These items were edible but, at the time, stimulated more curiosity and sympathy than good taste.
Much nicer were the tins of Devonshire cream, the real clotted stuff, my sister used to send from Devon. I was allowed to scoop it out with a spoon. Just a little, don't be greedy. Oh, bliss! I'm still trying to lose weight.
I remain, dear sir, ever your 'umble,
||Dear Nicey and the wife,|
I have just read the dilemma faced by Jess Mar regarding the use of Vegemite (the antipidean equivalent of Marmite).
In my opinion, the best thing to put Marmite on is the nearest skip!
Let's remember that Marmite (or yeast extract) is actually a waste product of the brewing industry, hardly the ideal substance to base a foodstuff around. If somebody put the brightly coloured, faintly glowing waste from a nuclear fuel station into jars, you'd probably give it a wide berth on the supermarket shelves. You definitely wouldn't want to spoil a good bit of toast with it.
Wait a minute, brightly coloured, faintly glowing substance in a jar.
Could this be the origin of lemon curd?
|Nicey replies: Last year I visited Burton on Trent and was immensely impressed to a huge overhead pipe joining the brewery to the Marmite factory. Although it was bad of me I kept trying to imagine what a large scale industrial accident at the Marmite processing plant would be like, and if they would use industrial toast to clear it up.|
Abbey Crunch Review
|Dear Mr. Nicey,|
My colleague and I have recently been lamenting the demise of the Abbey Crunch biscuit, for us the quintessential mid afternoon cup of tea accompaniment. It was with much sadness that we learned of their abolition. But it was also with great joy that a google search for this formidable oaty treat led us to your glorious website. Our lamentations have been tempered by the knowledge that there is an internet community rallying around the British pastime of sitting down with a cup of tea and a biscuit. As my colleague stated: "I come to find that all the things in life that I love come to be abolished". First the death penalty, now Abbey Crunch. When will the madness end?
||I think a major problem with the toast polls is that you haven't mentioned butter anywhere yet. Surely this is the single most popular toast topping? (That's what I meant when I voted 'other' in the savoury poll). |
|Nicey replies: Sue, Sue, Sue,
Butter is a given.