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I must share my recent re-discovery of De Rit HonigWaffles, approx 4 inches in diameter , two thin outer layers of crispy buttery waffles, sandwiched together with the most delicious thick honey.
Obviously not quite a biscuit, yet only three layers...so misses the mark as a wafer, avoids the defined parameters for the term "cake"...so where does that leave me...well, speechless actually as my gob is full of the last one in a packet of six hidden from the children and partner.
Is it possible to be unfaithful and duplicitous with a confection?
|Nicey replies: Maddalena,
You know it is. To paraphrase the Bard, "If biscuits be the food of love, then what is cake all about then?"
||Dear Nicey, I just wanted to inform your readers who happen to live in New York of an excellent resource for all things Tea 'n' biccies related. A wonderfull establishment that we ex-pats have been frequenting for many years namely: "Tea and Sympathy" on Greenwich Avenue (between 6th & 7th Avenue) Not only can you pop in for a nice cup (or mug if you prefer) of tea and a sit down but you can also partake of the many splendid epicurian delights that we all (well most of us anyway) took for granted as youngsters. The regular menu contains an assortment of teas, sandwiches, Heinz beans on toast, Bangers'n'mash, shepherds pie etc an assortment of puddings with or without Birds custard plus other goodies and beverages such as Ribena and Lucozaid. In addition there are numerous daily "main and afters" specials. It gets a bit crowded during Lunchtimes so be prepared to wait. On the flipside however, the turnover is pretty quick during these time so the owner will chuck you out to make way for other customers. The best times to|
go for a plain old cuppa and a sit down are in the afternoons. If you need provisions such as supplies of Tea and biscuits, sweets (just about everything) Marmite, jams marmalade, Branston pickle, etc. They are available for purchase at "Carry On Tea and Sympathy" next door. Basicly everything your local corner shop would carry. Including newspapers, magazines and videos!! There is also a (real) Fish'n'Chip shop called "A Salt And Battery" which is not only a clever play on words but utilises the London Underground Logo for added impact. It also serves as a handy landmark should you (in your obvious heady state of slight dibeleif and full on olfactory assault) happen to mistakenly stumble into the take out burrito place that is cunningly wedged between Tea and Sympathy and the chip shop. So there you have it. A little slice that is forever England.
|Nicey replies: That all sounds very sensible.|
As you have now reviewed an American biscuit, in the interests of parity how about sourcing some Iraqi biscuits for a head to head? Or how about an axis of evil biscuit special?
|Nicey replies: Splendid idea, do they have biscuits in North Korea, Iraq and where ever else is on an evil axis? If they do I've already provisionally decided that they are bound to taste better than Oreos, which even our younger members of staff wisely turned down towards the end of the review pack.
If anyone has any totalitarian biscuits we would be delighted to give them a fair and unbiased review.
I was just reading through all the e-mails on your excellent website when one happened to trigger a suppressed childhood memory. I can now vividly remember how I went to school with Grey Dunn's Caramel Wafers in my tupperware box, and as I sit here typing I can almost taste that firm, succulent combination of caramel and wafer. I was a child of the 70's so I can testify to their existence around that time. Perhaps regional distribution patterns are the reason for your unfortunate lack of familiarity with these satisfying wafers? Then I lived in Doncaster (South Yorkshire) if that helps matters? As to why this memory has been suppressed for so long...I have no idea. I will never forget how I often ate entire packets of Blue Ribands, and Custard Creams (I still do actually)-so Im not sure why Id forgotten about Grey Dunns wafers?
Im off to Sweden for 5 weeks shortly, and if anybody had some biscuit recommendations, Id appreciate it, as I cant afford to make mistakes in such a pricey country...Thanks -Damon.R
|Nicey replies: Thanks for the Grey Dunn wafer info. I was in South Wales in the '70s so maybe that is my excuse.
As for Sweden, I did once have some thin ginger biscuits from Sweden, which you were supposed to consume with a sort of pre-bottled mulled wine called Glurg I think, into which you dropped large raisins and almonds. They were quite nice, a bit delicate, and possibly a little vulnerable if they were to find themselves in major biscuit eating session where there was tea present. If you see any attractive biscuits whilst in Scandinavia then we would be delighted to hear about them, photos would be good too.
||Would you believe....|
I literally just stumbled onto your site after just now making a cup of Kashmiri chai tea and having a ginger snap here late, late at work tonight and thought--wouldn't it be cool, if there was a site CALLED www.nicecupof... and up you popped! : D
Would you also believe, I'm a happy 43-year-old American-born Anglophile who detests coffee, loves tea and biscuits, cakes, the lot, you know... and supports the England squad and several English football teams that I've loved ever since..ahhhhh....sniff, sniff... 1966!
Been over there a couple of times--and my wife and I would love to disappear in the back of any of a hundred country pubs-- anytime!
Really, Nice one.
I'll be hitting your site rather a lot I should think, p'raps 'round 4?
|Nicey replies: Excellent and also a coincidence that we were reviewing Ginger Nuts this week. We were going to use nicecupoftea as our domain name by that was being cyber-squatted so we went for the the more correct and full nicecupofteaandasitdown. It was only a matter of time before somebody typed it into their browser.. Hoorah! Right I'm off down the pub..|