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I've noticed some discussion of French biscuits on the site, and thought I'd mention one I came across while staying in the Loire valley towards the end of 2002. I was studying at a French language school near Sancerre, and I found these biscuits in a little shop in Sancerre itself.
The biscuits were called 'langues des sorcières' (witches' tongues — apparently the region was once known for witches). They're large but quite thin and sort of teardrop shaped — about 6 inches long and 3 or 4 wide at the widest bit — crispy with a distinct honey taste, and they have some kind
of sticky glaze and nut bits towards the centre, if I remember rightly. We weren't supposed to eat in class, but if I brought these along everyone (including the teacher) scoffed them.
I do recall them being very nice with a cup of tea (even though the only tea I could get hold of was Lipton's Yellow Label).
I think I was told they were a local speciality, but my French is fairly bad so I could be wrong.
|Nicey replies: That sounds like a local variation on the 'langues des chats'. You do have to watch out for the Liptons Yellow Label tea it can confuse the palette, but it is better than nothing, just.|
Fox's Butter Crinkle Crunch Review
Just been perusing your biscuit archive and I thought I ought to throw in my two-penneth worth in favour of Fox's Butter Crinkle Cruch biscuits, in my opinion, if not the best biscuit in the world, then definately in the top 5.
The high sugar content makes them the perfect biscuit pick-me-up for the end of a long hard day. As a dinghy sailing instructor who frequently spends all day enjoying the best that the British weather can throw at me, I'd say these biscuits have saved my sense of humour from certain death on more than one occasion, only McVitie's (plain) chocolate digestives have proven the same level of reliability.
Well Many thanks for a highly informative website - keep up the good work,
Yours - Andrew.
|Nicey replies: As it so happens I had three of them yesterday for elevensees, they are very nice aren't they.
I'm off to New York, New York, next week, with my dearly beloved. I was wondering if any of your readers could recommend a spot for a decent NCOTAASD, preferably in Manhattan.
|Nicey replies: How about it all you US tea drinkers where should Matt go?|
||Dear Nicey, |
The lovely thing about Jaffa Cakes is that they are low in fat, so I can scoff them during my post-Christmas diet. They should get a special award for that. They even put them in convenient packs of 3. Genius.
|Nicey replies: That's right its the Jaffa Cake's secret weapon, and yet another reason why its a ornate sponge CAKE.
I work for a busy public library in the centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire. I was quite incensed to come into the staff room kitchen and find my mug in an unhygienic state or gone altogether. Whenever I discovered the culprit, it was always a man.
One day, I found a mug bearing, on one side, the legend "He loves me" and on the other, "He loves me not". Once this one was installed in the kitchen, for some reason it was never subsequently molested.
Sadly, it only lasted a month before a 'helpful' colleague, washing it up for me, knocked it against the tap and cracked it!
I have since bought a new one in the sales, in very thick china, with the words "BIG BOY" in capitals and primary colours. I can't guarantee this one will be left alone, so it's been stowed away in a locker.