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||Dear Nicey and the wife,|
I arrived home rather late last night and as I sat down with a nice cup of tea, I noticed two foil wrapped items on the kitchen table.
On further investigation, these turned out to be foreign biscuits brought back from a Spanish holiday by one of my wife's colleagues.
The biscuits were Dona Jimena Rosco al Licor and despite being manufactured in Spain, I was encouraged by the individual gold and blue foil wrapper into thinking that this might be a biscuit of reasonable quality.
Upon opening the packet, I discovered a thick, doughnut shaped shortcake biscuit (as pictured on the foil wrapper) covered in a dusting of fine white powder which I assumed to be sugar.
On tasting the biscuit, I was in for something of a shock. The biscuit itself was very light and crumbly, but had no discernable taste of its own. The white powder however was very strongly flavoured with Pernod and totally ruined a good cup of tea. So strong was the flavour in fact that it also ruined my morning cuppa and I can still taste it now.
Tea lovers, beware of these biscuits and under no circumstances attempt to dunk one. The results could be catastrophic!
|Nicey replies: Sounds like the quintessential Spanish biscuit run in. Fancy wrapper, nasty biscuit and some kind of horrid odd nonsense.|
Love the site! Have been reading the submissions re tea-cosies - I used to use them, but now find them totally redundant, as I am lucky enough to possess the ultimate keeping tea hot accessory - an AGA. The tea pot actually lives on top of the AGA, and is therefore always warm!
The AGA is also brilliant for baking my own recipe choc-chip cookies, which taste best about 30 mins after cooking, preferably with lots of cups of tea.
Best wishes to you all
||Are gypsy creams still available, who makes them and who sells them please my neighbour was asking to look out for them when I went shopping. Be grateful to know about these and save wear and tear on my shoes!!|
|Nicey replies: We don't know of any mass produced Gypsy cream being available any place in the UK right now, although we have heard that some small bakers make them. The distantly related Romany Creams can be found in South Africa made by Bakers, or made under license in Australia as Kingstons made by Arnotts.|
Your site is wickywickwick mun. Good work!
In response to Melanie Pirie's question about the BN advert music it is "Mnah Mnah" by the Muppets. Great tune. I can't get it out of my head!
Also I reckon that you can't beat the Fox's classic biscuits - definately the best biscuit around. yum yum.
||Dear Nicey |
Happy New Year to all at NCOTAASD!
Have just been reading the mails about tea cosies. By a strange coincidence, I just had to buy one of these last week for my mother-in-law, a staunch devotee of tea cosies and, indeed, nice cups of tea in general (Yorkshire Tea is, I believe, her preference). As her current tea cosy was becoming somewhat disreputable, having been in the job for some considerable number of years, she decided that retirement was the only suitable option for it and, as she is unable to visit the shops herself, asked me to interview some replacements. Now I don't know if this is just a Guernsey problem or if it's more widespread, but I had a heck of a job finding one at all and in the end there was only one candidate - a rather dashing white quilted job, printed with small red crabs... not terribly appropriate to the tea table, but pleasingly reminiscent of Guernsey's thriving seafood industry and, what was more to the point, my mother-in-law liked it! (I got a bit carried away and bought the matching tea towels for myself, as well as an apron with a lobster on it!)
So is this a national tea cosy shortage? Are they radically out of fashion? Maybe your site will rekindle interest in the humble cosy and they will become widely available once more.... I shall watch the shops with interest!