As a devotee of the finest hot beverages, I was wondering what your opinion of cup-a-soup was? Not strictly to do with either tea, or biscuits, but the occasional sit down with a cup-a-soup can make a refreshing and savoury change.
|Nicey replies: Ben,
The Wife has the odd cuppa soup now and again, we probably consume on average 2 to three four packs a year. One a month, which is probably a dangerously high intake.
Thin Arrowroot Review
|I really wanted to ask about beer biscuits. Having extolled the virtues of your website to a number of colleagues, they are desperate for your advice on the best biscuits to eat when the beer munchies strike. Baileys and Jaffa cakes appears to be a strategy adopted on a regular basis. However one person desperate for guidance from the enlightened biscuit eaters has resorted to|
eating animal- shaped biscuits. In a desperate attempt to prevent a downward spiral I would appreciate your guidance on what you would recommend this individual should eat and drink. I understand that biscuits should be savoured and treated with the appropriate respect but there are certain times when the craving strikes.
|Nicey replies: Well of course the original Beer biscuit was the Thin Arrowroot which used to be sold in pubs from large glass jars on the bar. Personally I would have to be fairly lashed up to want to eat Thin Arrowroot biscuits.
Of course there is no right or wrong biscuit to eat when driven to the biscuit tin by beer. In fact the situation can work to ones own advantage as often you are able to see off less appealing biscuits that may normally be overlooked, thus freeing up valuable tin space. I would simply encourage your colleagues to keep a well stocked and diverse tin prepared for all eventualities.
You would of course be foolish not to have a few Digestives handy.
Rich Tea Review
|I am able to support your correspondent's views on the popularity of Rich Tea biscuits on archaeological excavations.|
Perhaps this is because they survive well in the rigours of site life being not as fragile as some other biscuits and also not being effected by the heat and cold one has to be put up with.
I have even seen fierce intellectual discussions take place over the merits of the round and finger versions. I prefer the round ones myself and have eaten them on many digs including Danebury and Crickley Hill...
||My first ever job was in an accountantís office and as the youngest and newest employee I had to fetch the drinks from the vending machine and clean said machine on a weekly basis. You would not credit the foul smelling sludge/slurry that had to be scooped out using gloved fingers! Twenty seven years later and it still gives me the shakes! Iíll have to have a nice cup of tea and a sit down.|
Abbey Crunch Review
|I am appalled by the whole Abbey Crunch de-listing, and reminds me of the sadness I felt when our local TOPS supermarket in Bangkok stopped selling M&S Bourbons.|
But I was wondering if it's not just a result of the UK populations' general nosedive into the development of a very short attention span and the need for re-branding and flashy marketing to make them reach for those bics off the shelf.
So McVities could:
1. rename Abbey Crunch to something like 'abbey' (as in National)
2. Put some random hyrogliphics in - like Abb>y Cr*nch
3. That's it.
As for people complaining they will be devastated by the loss, just think of us out here in Thailand where we have to put up with a slew of mediocre japanese sugary pieces of tat. Use your right to vote by purchasing the biscuits you claim to love! Or just buy them and post them out here :-)