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Lu Mikado Review
|Interesting to hear from Pete Moody about Pocky. Our friends brought some all the way home from Hong Kong for us to try out, not bad we thought, but we won't get any more until they go out there again. Then one day, sheltering from the rain on the way to Asda, I nipped into our little Chinese supermarket in Peterborough and there they were! Chocolate and strawberry varieties, and a savoury type as well. The strawberry ones smell like strawberry, but taste like those little white chocolate mice and leave a fuzzy coating on your tongue. Having said that, I prefer them to the chocolate ones.|
My current biscuit craze came back with me from a visit to Holland - stroopwaffeln or syrup waffles - two thin crispy biscuits with a layer of toffee syrup between. They are hard and chewy at room temperature, but balance them over a hot cup of tea for 10-20 seconds and behold - soft and gloopy on the inside and still crunchy on the outside. When I finished the packet I brought home, I thought again that there would be no more until my next visit. Then again Peterborough does the business! We've had a continental street market, complete with a lovely Dutch lady selling syrup waffles.
People may say uncomplimentary things about Peterborough, but we seem to have an international biscuit trade here - I'm off to see what else I can find!
Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread Review
|Marian Fox's message reminded me that I have been meaning to leap to the defence of Sarah Nelson's Grasmere Gingerbread for some time. So OK, I'm a slow leaper.|
But it really is top stuff - a friend who is a lifelong fan introduced me to it a few years ago and now I've got my dad into it as well. I do think you have to warm it up a bit though - stick a couple of rectangles in the oven (a microwave would probably do the trick too, but I don't hold with them) while you make your tea, then the gingerbread and the tea can cool simultaneously and the combination is divine. Mind the crumbs, though, and don't breathe in suddenly while taking a bite because choking is neither pretty nor cool.
Give it a try - it's a genuine taste sensation.
Sarah (not nelson)
Having come to a rather nice lull in the working day and equipped myself with a cuppa, I noticed the newly added poll on the cream/jam in the scone issue. Nice one. Am aghast though that the cream then jam brigade are losing! However, I feel that I should make clear that the only reason why I think this way round is best is because most of the arguments to the contrary seem to involve sandwiching the scone back together. Pah! I prefer to eat each half of the scone separately, which means that the aesthetics of the cream/jam arrangement take on greater importance and thereby allows for maximum consumption (and greediness) of said cream and jam. I realise that this admission may not exactly sit well with those from the South West, but there you go, I'm prepared to fight my corner!
||We had a vending machine at the large MultiCorp insurance company I worked for - it was your average Blandamatic, it was free, and the tea tasted like diluted worming medicine.|
Then one day I came into work to find that the dreary vending machine had been "re-branded!". No longer would I have to choose "Tea", "Coffee" or "Chicken Soup" (I dread to think what constitutes 'chicken' to these people, and never ever had one of these). Now I could choose from an exciting range of Starburst Fruit Drink, or Original Nescafe, or PG Tips with bags! The bags, by the way, had a little metal strap on them to facilitate removal.
Unfortunately, the machine was still the same example of 1970s British automation, and they had simply changed the buttons. We had a blind taste test with the unaltered machine in Human Resources (busy office, obviously) and no-one could reliably differentiate the 2, leading us to believe it was *just* the buttons that were changed.
PS I swear these vending machines are the sole reason anyone drinks coffee - a quick survey of my friends reveals that none drank or even liked coffee until they had to work somewhere that only provided vending tea. As the coffe is marginally less vile it would seem that we all switched there and then.
Rich Tea Review
|Having read your review of the underestimated Rich Tea, I feel I have to agree with everyone else who has nobly leapt to it's defence. I should also add that it is not only the builders biscuit of choice, but it is also the absolute first choice of the field archaeologist. The only other biscuit that can contend for this prestigious position is the Malted Milk, which is also consumed in large quantities by archaeologists, resting during one of our many long tea breaks.|
Not a lot of people know that!