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My sister let me know about your website hoping that there might be something helpful there. So far I've drawn a complete blank. I thought my search was easy, but as yet I haven't found anything that's just right.
To explain: I'm an occupational therapy student. One of our assignments is to make a poster to help a fictional character to dress himself. His name is Hamish, he's 58, has a disabled right arm and hand, and wants to meet with some friends to have a nice cup of tea (presumably with his left hand) and a sit down.
Might you know where I could find a picture of 'Hamish' with his mates?
I've become quite fond of him, but he's probably not pin-up material
|Nicey replies: The only 'Hamish' I know does the Merinet.com snow reports. He sometimes has pictures but mostly they are of snow. That doesn't help does it?|
I shall soon be having to spend 3 or 4 weeks working in Germany. Now, much as I try to be a good European, experience has shown that it's impossible to get a good cuppa on the Continent.
Do you or any of your correspondents have any tips on how a dedicated tea drinker can survive in a tea oasis for several weeks?
Any advice gratefully received.
Desperate of York
|Nicey replies: Gavin,
Start by bringing your own tea bags, thats it really.
|Chris and Rachael
Tregroes Toffee Waffles Review
|Having enjoyed a recent walk around the market on a rainy sunday, what better way to end the day out with a toffee waffle toppped cup of tea! encouraged by your review we bought a packet and some tremendous tea in an all purpose tin, campbells variety for those that are interested. we liked them so much we visited the website (2 pages!) and placed an order for the multi pack 34 waffles for the bargain price of £10. We can't wait to try the milk chocolate variety in particular. Thanks for the tip! Note: don't leave too long on top of mug, can fall in and create all kinds of problems.|
From Chris and Rachael.
|Nicey replies: Hoorah, for you both.
We took the younger members of staff on their promised field trip, and had a lovely picnic of ham sandwiches, bananas and Mini Jaffa Rolls whilst watching some people pull of conifer stumps with a tractor. Surprisingly we were the only people having a picnic in the drizzle. Then it was home for a big pot of tea.
Here in Thailand we have our own varieties of biscuits called Khanom which are both delicious and beautiful. My favorite, Khanom Dok Lamduan, are small cookies baked in the shape of a flower. They are very like western cookies only, Instead of butter, cooking oil is used for the dough. Khanom Piah are small Chinese cakes, with either green mung bean or red bean paste fillings, often given as a gift.
We also enjoy a wide selection of imported biscuits, Danish Butter Cookies being particularly popular as they are similar to local varieties and are packaged in a presentable, ant proof, tin. Chocolate covered biscuits, such as McVitie’s digestives, can be found, but the chocolate has always melted by the time I get home. In the fridge the chocolate and individual biscuits bind together into one long cylinder which must be peeled from its packaging and smashed into chunks using the blunt edge of a knife.
The recent thread on use and abuse of digestive biscuits left me pondering the therapeutic benefits of confession.
Deep breath. Here we go -
A key comfort food during my early-to-mid teenage years was a digestive biscuit topped with a blob of salad cream ... or tomato ketchup ... or both. For both sauces the preferred brand was Heinz - other brands and supermarket own label imitations were never quite the same.
A variant was a sandwich of two biscuits with the selected sauce, or sauce mix, as the "filling". The practicalities of eating such a sandwich restricted the amount of "filling" that could be used but for some reason it never occurred to me to compensate with a "topping".
Knowledge of this predilection left my mother with mental scars that she carries to this day. Rightly or wrongly she never attempted to ban the practice.
I'd more or less kicked the habit by the time I left school but there have been a few relapses down the years. One of these occurred a few years ago when green tomato ketchup became available.
There, I think that I do feel better for that!