||Saw this site in the Metro this morning and it is just what I needed. I've been trying to organise a meeting with a colleague for some time now, but my stipulation of tea, biscuits and cakes during the meeting have caused a bit of a delay, hopefully now he will be armed with knowledge from your site he might get up off his lazy bum and organise it.|
Anyway, sorry to ramble, but one particular biscuit I recall from my childhood is the mighty "Gingerella". I know it sounds like some sort of red haired panto queen, but these were actually very tasty.
Round, thin and about the size of an imperial McVities plain chocolate digestive. They were a sort of ginger butter biscuit but I can't remember who made them.
The packet as I recall was almost Kawasaki green with yellow blocks on it and black writing.
The TV adverts were on the theme of a sort of AA meeting, with someone in a white coat at the front holding a packet and the class shouting "we don't want gingerella" The biscuits are then thrown in the bin and the "meeting" ends, at which point the whole class dives for the bin.
|Nicey replies: I really want to remember it it but I can't, although I might remember it. Its hard to say. From the description it sounds like one of Burtons but that's a stab in the dark.|
The idea of using Bourbons as units of measurement is fantastic and I thought you might be interested to know of a couple of such measurements;
The circumference of the Earth is 660 megabourbons (or 0.66 gigabourbons) while the distance from the Earth to the Sun is 223 gigabourbons. Even more impressive is the volume of the Earth which is 6.82 x 10 to the power of 28 cubic bourbons. That's a lot of bourbons and I for one would love to have a go at eating them.
I have to say I was a little surprised at the lukewarm review of Bourbon biscuits. I have always been a fan.
|Nicey replies: Jim,
Thanks for those fantastic Bourbon calculations they are all valuable contributions to our understanding of biscuits and their spatial relationship to our Solar system.
I'm also pleased that you were surprised by my guilty ambivalence to the brown sandwich type biscuit, I hope it was a nice surprise.
I just thought this might be news some other NCOTAASD readers might like to know?
For any US-based British-expats in the Boston or Massachusetts area who might be hankering for some "real" biscuits, I've just discovered Hobnobs on sale at Zathmary's on Harvard St not far from the Harvard Medical School. They have other McV's products, namely digestives and ginger nuts but I've yet to find or learn of any Penguin bar sightings so far in America. The Hobnobs (plain or milk chocolate) are ~USD4.50 per tube but I figure it's cheaper than flying back to the UK to replenish my supply. :-)
Cheers from an ex-Cantabrigian,
||My 'work mug' has Kermit the Frog on it. I bought it with my birthday money when I was nine. had a bit of crush on Kermmie back then.|
It's a bit chipped now as it has come with me from office to office over the intervening years from nine year old girlishness to present day 34 year old jaded managerial type.
It went walkies a few months ago. I was surprised at my depth of feeling for this battered old bit of badly screen-printed china. My darling administrator searched the building ( I work in a cinema) and after three days of hunting came up triumphant; some naughty person had bourne it away to drink illicit COFFEE out of it in the bar and had hidden it in the obscurity of the glass shelves.
Meant that I had it back in time for a staff screening of Terminator 3. 'Staff screenings' are where we play a new film to staff only (as the name would suggest) so they can get to see things first in time to tell customers how good they are. They also need to happen while the cinema is closed, so it's often quite late at night. It's also a nice perk to have a whole damn cinema to play in without the pesky piblic using mibilephones or eating popcorn to loudly.
Therefore it was very comforting after a hard day at work to finish at 11.30PM, make a nice tray of tea and biscuits and settle down in Screen 1 with my colleagues to munch digestives and watch Arnie shoot things.
|Nicey replies: A 25 year old personal mug commands deep respect, and allows you to wield withering levels of mug ownership over wrong doers. Use this power wisely, but never be tempted to be unduly lenient.|
||The reason tea from vending machines tastes rank is because the water isn't freshly boiled (as well as the tea being the stuff they swept off the factory floor). Everyone knows you have to actually boil the water and use it pretty much straight away to get a decent brew, but no vending machine or even urn of hot water like we have in our office, can do this. In a world where I have access to the technology to gripe about this problem in an international forum from the comfort of my own home, I have to ask why it is impossible to provide freshly boiled water in a vending machine or hot water urn? Taking a kettle to work would be the answer but I imagine this would contravene health and safety regulations.|
Also this is the reason why coffee will always taste better from machines, as you need water that is just off the boil so it doesnt scald the coffee.
|Nicey replies: Most vending machines that I've encountered use that freeze dried instant tea rather than leaves. Freeze drying anything drives of the volatile bits which are especially important in the taste of something like tea.