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|As a Kiwi now resident in Australia, and a keen Afghan maker/consumer, I can assure you that no Aussie I have asked has ever heard of them, so I would claim them as a purely NZ thing. No idea where the name comes from -- I did wonder if they were Victorian, named during a war on the North West Frontier, but the cornflakes would argue for a more recent invention. The Griffin's ones are gravely disappointing. It wouldn't be so bad if they called them Mediocre Milk Chocolate Crunchies or something, but to attach to them the hallowed name of Afghan is approaching sacrilege. But they're the sort of thing that has to be homemade to be any good anyway|
|Mr and Mrs Brooks
currently living in L.A., a yearning for all things british sparked a discussion between my husband and I about the Great British biscuit assortments of our 1970s childhood, we loathed Lincolns but were both fans of the lemon puff and realised we hadn't seen one for a while. Do they still exist?
Keeping the flag flying, love to the wife
Mr and Mrs Brooks
|Nicey replies: Yes the Lemon puff is still around although its a pale shadow of its former self. Lemon puffs of old were rectangular with a scalloped edge and were finished in a sticky sugar glaze. This was baked until it just began to caramelise giving the biscuits a rich golden colour. I actually didn't like them much as they were too much like a couple of crackers that were trying to make it in the world of sweet biscuits. None the less I respected the path they had taken.
Lemon puffs today are small round affairs, the glaze is virtually non existent, the lemon filling isn't tart enough, and the biscuits are drab. Apparently the Lemon Puff is very popular in Sri Lanka, so may be you can still get good ones there.
|Hello my dearest Nicey & TW|
Hearty congratulations on your recent "moving experience".
The current NCCTAASD survey intrigued me as though both Tea and Coffee stayed on the menu throughout four pregnancies, Sugar was permanently ditched at the onset of the first after religiously taking two teaspoons per cup since childhood.
This left a substantial calorific vacuum in my diet to be filled with an extra dip into the biscuit barrel, which was my ragged excuse for taking liberties with the family Hob-nob & Abbey Crunch quota ...hurrah for "eating for two" :-)
all the best, as ever
||Dear Nicey, Wife and co.,|
Although your attitude to our national beverage seems very sound in general, I'm somewhat offended that you choose to represent it with a picture of the kind of cup of tea you get on trains. I appreciate that personal preferences differ, but surely these are without a doubt the least satisfactory cups of tea the average person ever has to endure? To my mind this is for three main reasons:
1. There's no control over the tea-making process - you'll get it how it comes, and if it's stewed by the time you get it back to your seat, there's little you can do about it with your one little pot of milk-substitute
2. The equipment provided is inadequate - plastic cups are no way to serve a brew, and there's rarely a good place to put the tea-bag
3. The motion of the train is more than likely to make the hot tea slop all over your face as you sip, scalding your lips and perhaps even staining your shirt front.
How about presenting a positive image of tea to the world, with a picture of a perfect cup of tea in a large mug (white on the inside for preference - don't know why but research shows this makes tea look more appealing)?
Thanks for reading my one quibble with your otherwise fabulous site,
|Nicey replies: Kirsty,
Yes indeed it is a cup of tea on a train. I choose that picture, because its iconoclastic, which I thought was nice.
Stumbled upon your great site and I've been coming back to check out the biscuit of the week. I think the afghan biscuit (this week's pick) may have Australian origins because of the name. Perhaps you should look at it based on the people from Afghanistan. In Australia, during the gold rush days, there were Afghanis living in Australia, transporting goods with their camels across the great distances. One of the great railways of the world which runs from Adelaide to Alice Springs is called The Ghan, a name derived from the Afghanis.
PS. This is also where the source of feral camels in Aust. came from.
|Nicey replies: Lilly,
Thank you for that. Yes they seem like much better reasons than the ones I made up.