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I'm wondering if you or your fantastic readers could provide some ideas in response my following dilemma? I'm an Aussie PhD student here in America at Harvard University and my fellow classmates and I are having a picnic on Saturday with international flair. I'll be bringing the mandatory ANZAC
biscuits and lamingtons but I was thinking of taking a jar of Vegemite along as well, especially given its menacing, mysterious status amongst Americans (unlike you clever Brits who at least have Marmite). So in your opinion, what kind of "base" would best showcase the Vegemite flavour? I usually have mine on toast, but as a sampler, maybe that's not ideal. The ultimate Australian base would have to be the Arnott's sao biscuit but unfortunately I don't have access to any right now. Cracker-type biscuits might be a better alternative but any other suggestions are most welcome!
Hope you can help!
Cheers from Boston,
|Nicey replies: I've always found that when in France perversely Marmite goes really well on French Bread, especially if its been toasted, it also goes well with those little slices of french toast. So using this as a guide why don't you try Vegemite on Sourdough bread or Bagels.|
||Dear Mr & Mrs Nicey,|
I see a massive amount of discussion about toast on this site and yet it does not feature in the venn diaram:
Why is this?
All the Best Regards David
|Nicey replies: Because I finally relented only two weeks ago after nearly three years and started talking about Toast.
There is a much bigger Venn Diagram in my book this autumn which includes bread and therefore by proxy toast.
||What do the panel think about the little packets of mini Jammy dodgers. Manufactured by Burtons it seems. Very more-ish.|
|Nicey replies: If I too had become smaller by the same proportion, then I'm sure I would be delighted by them.
I was just wondering where you stand with this king of biscuits?? A few years, the 'tube' appeared, and we were forced to buy these fine biscuits at an elevated price, simply cos those marketing people think that people 'need' a cheap cardboard tube to keep their Hob Nobs fresh. Are they complete fools? It is a scientific fact that it is not possible to eat just one Hob Nob, you have to finish off the whole lot. And anyway, the type of people who aren't that greedy probably have a special receptacle for their biscuits. Luckily, our local Tesco have started stocking them in normal packaging again, so I now have the joy of unzipping the top off the packet and watching the first 2-3 biscuits fall out in a shower of crumbs.
Christ, this makes me sound like a 50 year old Daily Mail reader who fears 'change' and 'new-fangled' things
Have a good week now.....
|Nicey replies: Oh I'm with you on the tube thing. If you trawl through the messages at the bottom of the review, where this will shortly go aswell, you'll find a good bit about it.
As for fearing change, I peaked the attention of the Daily Mail so much they came round to our house and interviewed me last year, and I'm still only 39 at least until Saturday.
||Please try to pursue the re-creation of Chocolate Olivers.|
I was just thinking about them today (while drinking my afternoon cuppa) and decided to hunt for them on the internet..... which is how I found your splendid website.
The last time I got hold of some Chocolate Olivers was probably over ten years ago, in a very upper class grocers in Oxford. Unfortunately they'd been on the shelf too long and were not fit for consumption. I wrote to express my extreme disappointment and horror, and all I got was a voucher. I
guess they'd already disappeared by then. I see that you've put in a plea with the newly re-emerged H&P people to put these magnificent creations back into production. Christmas morning ritual (hot chocolate and endless Chocolate Olivers for elevensies while opening presents for the next few
hours) hasn't been the same these last few years! So please renew your efforts to persuade them to re-create their finest.
It used to be a case of "There are Chocolate Olivers.... and then there are the other biscuits!"
Your comments represent one small flickering candle of hope......
Please try (again......... a lot!)
|Nicey replies: Well Jenny Barnet who presents Good Food Live on UK Food, which I appear on from time to time, always goes on about Chocolate Bath Olivers as being her favourite biscuit. I've never had one and so I'd like it too if somebody made them. To be honest I think its Jacobs who make the Bath Oliver under license who would be the chaps to pester.|