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||Following on from the tea money discussion - my folks were also big fans of pointing out 'money' on the top of tea. Hence, when I was a nipper I would stir every cup of tea in a frenzy, to try and make some 'money' appear. This usually just resulted in lots of spilled tea.|
Having money on your tea is supposed to bring good luck, but despite frantic tea-drinking leading up to eight o'clock every Saturday evening, it has so far failed to secure me a lottery win.
I'm not sure about the origins of the money thing - my grandparents were Scottish and Irish, so maybe it's some exclusive Celt thing.
One other thing - in my experience, 'money' is more easily conjured on top of tea that has sugar in it.
And finally, I thought I'd share some tea terminology (tea-minology?) with you. Round our house, when somebody is foolish enough to serve up a cuppa that's too weak, they are promptly told that they've just made some "fortnight tea" (two week - ho!).
That's all for now.
McVitie's Lyles Creams Review
I had forgotten all about these as your review was a long time prior to my seeing them on the shelf. Not being a cream biscuit fan myself, I nearly didnt buy them, but luckily the other half stuck them in the trolley, as they remind me exactly of the biggest breakfast treat from my youth - a bowl of porridge laced with black treacle and cream. They are now my favorite biscuit, even surpassing the Bahlsen dark chocolate ones. Does anyone else have a favorite biscuit influenced by a love of another food I wonder?
Custard Cream Review
Must congratulate you on your thoroughly engaging site, makes my mouth water every time I visit.
I would like to add to the comments following the Custard Cream review: They are pretty good dunked in port. I discovered this one day, snuggled up on the sofa with my hubby who was partaking of a few custard creams with his cup of tea. I had declined a cuppa in favour of a generous measure of Dow's Port, and, just to wind him up, I nicked a Custard Cream. In danger of having to surrender it back to him, I dunked it quickly in my port. He looked at me in disgust and said he no longer wanted the biscuit, so I ate it. I wasn't expecting it to taste very good, but to my surprise it was gorgeous. I am now on a lifelong crusade to introduce as many people as possible to this unlikely but very tasty combination.
Am also very impressed by one reviewer's suggestion of prising the two halves of two Custard Creams apart and matching together the creamy sides - very cunning indeed. I am of the habit of eating both halves separately, and feeling very smug because that way I get all the cream with only half the biscuit, thus cheating the manufacturer, but I hadn't thought of matching TWO creamy sides together. I am quite excited by this prospect and need to go and buy a packet as soon as possible so I can have a go.
|El Pollo Diablo
Your website is amazingly good, and I like it very much, but I have noticed that your toucan tea drinking news is sadly lacking.
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El Pollo Diablo
|Nicey replies: They could just remove the large amounts of Guinness from their diet, which is allegedly a good source of iron, but that would be cruel.|
Tunnocks Wafer Review
|I write to you in search of a question I and my colleagues have pondered over on many an occasion. I hope that in your wisdom you (or one of your associates) can provide an explanation.|
To start, if i may, a touch of background:
we are role-players. we play dungeons and dragons. an activity that can, and in our case does, involve tea, coffee, and inevitably biscuits, of varied type based on who is "buying" that week.
our habits are simple; pete always brings custard creams, usually a supermarket own brand; John brings shortbread or ginger nuts; I take whatever sounds good at the time (usually Jestives or the luxury cookie-style biscuits that mcvities have started doing, with raspberry and white chocolate) and our mate Rob will bring Tunnocks Caramel Wafers.
and each time he does, he reads the immortal phrase from the back of the wrapper:
"more than 4 million made each week"
and we have to wonder
who eats all these wafers?
granted, we do get through our fair share of a wednesday evening, but are they exported? used to build houses?
because EVERY time i see these things for sale, they are in the marked-down stack at Iceland because they are short-dated. or piled high nect to the Tunnock's Snowballs and mallow filled sugar bombs.
IF you can shed some light on this it would be MOST appreciated. i would hate to think that tunnocks, apparently a small family concers, is putting all the time and effort into meeting their 4 million wafer bar per week quota, only to have their shipping company dump them in the Solent before they reach the shelves.....
thanks in advance,
|Nicey replies: Oh yes its a standard 'wonder of the universe' type question, who actually eats all the Tunnocks Wafers. I made my own calculations several years ago which were heavily skewed towards the entire Scottish nation eating one approximately every 9 days, which means a pack of 8 would do a family of four for nearly three weeks. Now allowing for export, by which I mean selling them outside Scotland, and for some people who obviously are going to eat a whole packet of 8 to themselves, the figures don't look so astronomical.|