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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!
When I was a teenager, if we had run out of biscuits (usually Friday, as Saturday was "big shop" day), we used to butter Weetabix and eat them with our cuppa. They were lovely by the way, a bit messy though. I quite fancy one now.
|Nicey replies: Oh yes we have all done that I think at some time or another, but the younger members of staff haven't been exposed to it as yet. Maybe I'll conduct some field trials on them at the weekend.. meaning I'll find a field for us to try it in.
We often pass by the Weetabix factory close to Kettering, which is tremendously exciting given the number of lorries there that look like giant packs of Weetabix.
|Dear Wifey and Nicey,|
I can not allow the disparaging remarks about Oreos go unchallenged. The Oreo is a wonderful cookie (biscuit) and friend to many. It may not have the true chocolatey goodness of some others, but it is sweet and chrunchy, and that is quite a lot. It dunks in milk like no other. It goes with tea or coffee. Also, taking apart the Oreo and licking the frosting off before eating the cookie can be both fun and erotic if performed correctly. I will save my lecture on the goodness and usefullness of peanut butter for another time. Long live Oreos!!
||Dear Nicey and the wife,|
Hurrah for the new butter icon. I was particularly pleased to note the use of a butter dish.
It is quite some time since I have tasted butter and as I was applying my low fat, heart friendly, usable-straight-from-the-fridge olive based spread to my multi-grain bread this morning, I wondered if some of your younger readers had even tasted real butter.
I would be interested to know whether the butter dish is still in common use give that most butter-like substances these days come in their own plastic tub. Perhaps a survey is in order.
|Nicey replies: Our fridge came with one as one of its accessories, it rules. That's some ASDA Smartprice butter in there by the way. Go on go treat yourself and buy some and just have it on some crumpets or toast, or maybe even toasted hot cross buns. You'll be alright.