Keep your e-mails pouring in, it's good to know that there are lots of you out there with views and opinions.
To help you work out what is what, are now little icons to help you see biscuit related themes. And now you can see at a glance which are the most contested subjects via this graph (requires Flash 6.0 plugin).
Please keep your mails coming in to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you like, you can use this search thingy to find stuff that matches with any of the icons you pick, or use the fantastic free text search, Yay!
Just reading about my favourite biscuit, the biscuit brown.
A funny little fella, I remember they came in packets of 4. They could be easily placed in a smock chest pocket and munched on during those lonely night vigils. They were also very versatile!! Not quite in the biscuit ethos, but for a filling and nutritious hot beverage, crush 4 biscuit browns (don’t open the packet), then pour into a mug,add the oxtail soup powder from the ration pack and then top up with hot water.
It was like the haagen das of the 48hr exercise, most of the biscuit would form a gruel with the soup, but sometimes you would hit a piece not quite dissolved, lovely… The next cup of coffee from that mug was interesting to say the least, a voyage into texture and taste.
I also remember a variant on the biscuit browns, they were ‘Biscuits, Fruit’, like a garibaldi but it came from the rough side of the tracks. Very tough to eat and reminded me of eating cinnamon slippers. Attempts were made to actually find fruit in these biscuits, but after 3 years of intensive research they concluded that the ‘biscuits, brown’ had been waved near a banana and so became ‘Biscuits, Fruit’
If I remember correctly, the green foil packet for biscuits brown had ‘AB’ stamped on them. We always thought that meant ‘Anal Blockage’, since 4 BB’s were the equivalent of eating a couple of metric tonnes of hay. Don’t eat too many!
I’ve tried the US ration biscuits too (crackers???!??, ‘ave a word with yerself!, BISCUITS not CRACKERS ), but they are flakey and have not got the fortitude of the British biscuit, at least on this front we are more technologically advanced on the battlefield.
Try them with your tea or coffee though, they make an excellent talking point and I believe they can absorb 10x that of the ordinary Rich Tea biccy, without collapsing.
||The biscuits your military correspondents are talking about may be the MOD iron ration biscuit, officially designated “Biscuits Brown For The Use Of”. I can’t imagine anyone having fond memories of them though, as they are designed to have an extra long shelf-life and provide the user with various vitamins, so they’re not exactly melt-in-the-mouth treats! The MOD put the contract out to tender every year, so production is switched to whichever biscuit manufacturer comes up trumps. Apparantly there are large stockpiles of them in bunkers awaiting deployment to wherever they’re needed. Our boys might not have the latest kit and weapons, but at least they’ll never run short of biscuits….|
||I was an Army brat and my dad would bring home golden cans with compo ration No. 2. The oatmeal biscuit was a fantastic original biccie worthy of a greater audience. My brother who is still in the Forces says they are still made for the MoD. I would love, love, love to eat an oatmeal block, just one more time. My brother says there are recipes for the block including mixing it down into a sweet porridge but it remains the best known gnawing biccie I've ever known. Wonderful. Why can civvies buy some?|
|Nicey replies: Yes those oatmeal blocks keep getting mentioned from time to time, but I think they seem to be strictly a military biccy.|
Thanks for forwarding the NY tea mails!
I'm writing from an odd place called Kinko's, on 3rd Ave, in Manhattan. I say it's odd as they think $18 an hour for net access is reasonable! Also, someone seems to have swapped the keys around. Only joking, I know that's the way they have their keyboards over here.
Anyway, thanks to everyone who has giving me info on Tea and Sympathy. I'm going to pop over there later on today. So far, I've stuck to orange juice, but my other half, Lyne, has had many cups of tea, all of them good. The trick seems to be to ask for only a small amount of milk. The other thing I've tried is to ask for black tea (which could mean black, as opposed to green or herbal) and then when the tea comes with no milk, I say, "Could I have milk please?" Then, there's no room for the over generous amount milk they'd otherwise give you.
Right, I'm off to stalk Carrie Bradshaw.
30 years ago while in the cadet force we had some army field rations. In this there was a truely wonderful biscuit. It was like a slightly oversized digestive and somewhat sweeter. I have not been able to find it since . Any ideas?
It could of been terrible and I could have been very hungry but I don't think so.
Also army tea is a very unusual drink all of its own - actually I'm not sure it really was tea. It was also very sweet and milky; I think they used condensed milk to make it.
I have long since given up on any ideas of military action but wouldn't mind another of their biscuits.
|Nicey replies: I was talking just the other day to somebody about NAAFI digestives which she described as being like a buttery sweet digestive. Perhaps this is your fondly remembered biscuit.|