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McVities Digestive Cream Review
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I would like to add my two penneth to the comments regarding the Digestive Cream.
My first memory of any biscuit/beverage combination dates back to my first years at nursery school, wayyyyyy back in the last century, well 1969/70. My time spent at nursery was made all the better for the break-time when free, small bottles of milk (plus straw) were dispensed by the ruddy-cheeked, thick-forearmed dinner ladies (part-time angels) who inhabited my nursery school in Manchester. We were allowed to partake of a Digestive Cream (I can only presume it was a McVities) to accompany our cold milk. The unaccompanied milk was unpalatable to my junior taste-buds, however when it was combined with the creamy, sugar-sweet filling and savoury package that is the mighty Digestive the whole concoction exploded into my developing senses of both smell and taste and left a cast-iron imprint that shall stay with me forever (and left any future milk experience an unremitting disappointment). I have to state the obvious here, that this whole story is based on the experience of a 4-5 year old, whose appreciation of the finer elements of the biscuit/beverage experience was very undeveloped, and at that age I would seek out the sweetest tastes with all of the tenacity of
the fattest of honey-bees. Unlike your guest reviewer I had no issues regarding the size of the biscuit - in the hands of this 5 year old the biscuit was more than ample, nor was the size of the packet of any concern (I was unaware that they came in packets - they appeared on the plate with no evidence of a packet …… to have discovered a whole packet at that age would surely have caused me to overdose, pack the whole nursery-thing in and devote my life to the consumption of greater and greater quantities of Digestive Creams. I also understand (now) that there is a big difference between the DG/milk combination and the DG/tea combination but I have to admit to enjoying both.
After 2 years at nursery my family moved and the DC was physically lost but the memories of it were burned into my very soul. In fact it wasn’t until 4 years ago whilst at work that someone opened a biscuit assortment (Burtons?) and I spied something resembling the DC. I selected the biscuit and with trembling hands raised it to my nose because I knew that my nose would immediately tell me if my suspicions were true. I was immediately transported back to the heady days of 1969/70 when I last indulged in the DC. Shortly afterwards I was able to get hold of them by the packet as ASDA had some of their own-brand DC’s on the shelves but this only lasted for 7 months after which they were no longer to be found.
I have been without the DC experience for 3 years and can definitely say that I am not a better person for it, but I live in hope and know that one-day they will reappear in my life and all will be good once again.
|Nicey replies: Who needs regression hypnotherapy when there are ASDA own label biscuits to be had.
Love the site.
Got an observation for you, wondered if it's been noticed before, or is worthy of further investigation: I've noticed for a while that eating things with tea affects the flavour (and therefore enjoyment) of the tea. Cake and biscuits are an enhancement, obviously, while cranberry juice isn't. But what of the humble fried egg sandwich?
We do our fried eggs in olive oil, add a little bit of salt, and lace them with black pepper and ketchup (brands vary). White bread is used, naturally.
Eating one of these slightly before or during tea consumption gives tea a new dimension in flavour, one unmatched by any other comestible I've encountered. Have you noticed this?
|Nicey replies: The Wife usually initiates the fried egg sandwich action here, and we always wash them down with lashings of tea. I haven't noticed any changes in flavour though, maybe because we fry ours in a knob of butter.|
I tend to fly over to Ireland a bit these days, and usually take the national carrier -Aer Lingus. Or "Air-Mingus" as it has been known- due to the lack of good looking cabin crew. However, i can safely say that there is a distinct lack of good quality up there in the sky. Mostly, it consists of warm, dirty dish water and they pass it off as tea.
So come on nicey, lets have a plane symbol and start a campaign for proper tea in the sky. A suggestion for the symbol. A tea pot with wings!
All the best
|Nicey replies: OK I give in.|
I live in Indonesia, which has to be the world's second most tea-loving nation. They have invented Teh Botol, or tea in a bottle, which tastes like angels crying on your tongue. But where Indonesians really excel in tea and sit-downs is in the little snacks and cakes they make.
And the best place to get those is on Merpati Airlines, the domestic carrier. Along with your tea, they give you a little box with a cake (often of surprising colour- maybe even green or pink), a deep fried something (could be a spring roll) and a green chilli. Take a bite of chilli. It's hot. Take a bite of spring roll. Mmmm, now you're getting somewhere. Take a sip of tea. Perfection. Absolute perfection. Finish with the cake.
I had to mention this. These tea-at-altitude interludes play a large part in my life.
All the best to the wife,
PS I think you should have an aeroplane icon too.
|Nicey replies: Yes the case for an aeroplane icon is building. I don't think I can run to an 'Angels crying on your tounge' icon, however.|
With winter approaching here in Australia, I decided to buy myself a tea cosy and was delighted to find that my local charity shop had several colours to choose from (knitted variety only though, and all the same design). Am enclosing a photo of the one I bought to share my excitement with others. I am a bit peturbed by the fact it has two pom-poms though -- is this perhaps a genetic mutation?
|Nicey replies: Ben, your new tea cosy is a source of inspiration to us all, you should be proud of your extra pom-pom.