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||Dear Nicey |
I'd just like to put my oar in regarding the supply of tea and biscuits at blood donation sessions. I am a regular donor and strongly advocate the practice, however something radical has happened lately. No longer does a large plate of assorted biccies await the parched donor, from which there is always a silent fight for the rare chocolate ones, but now you are greeted by little sellophane packs of dull digestives (apologies to staunch digestive fans). After losing a pint (sorry, half litre) of blood, the last thing I want to do is have to battle my way through impregnable plastic. Bring back the pleasantly arranged plate and the chocolate ones and say humbug to health and safety rules. By the way, the quality of tea is always high, served by extremely nice little old ladies. This makes up for the biscuit coup.
P.S As a Cornish girl, the jam ALWAYS goes on the scone first, followed by suitably substantial lashings of clotted cream. I was at the Eden Project myself last week and found quality cream teas and excellant Fair Trade tea to quench our thirst from our simulated trek around South America, Africa, Asia, Italy etc etc etc.
||I recently visited the French resort of Nice and was shocked to find that the liberator of Italy - Garibaldi - was born there. One town associated with two biscuits - is this a record.|
Also - Nice biscuits are generally nasty - is this the same attitude to naming that means that any country with the word "Democratic" in its name is not? Similarly, Fig Rolls don't (roll) and neither do Jammy Dodgers (dodge). How many other misleading biscuits are there? Should something be done to prevent confusion?
I was whiling away the hours at work until the weekend, playing an email game, finding biscuits or chocolate covered confectionery for each letter of the alphabet, but was unable to find anything from Q. I'm sure that if there is anything for Q then someone on this site will know. Any ideas?
Also, does anyone know where one can purchase those lovely boxes of broken biscuit assortment that i would happily devour in a couple of days as a youngster?
|Nicey replies: Radio 4 did one earlier in the year the results of which were a bit like when the younger members of staff invent new words by changing the letter at the beginning of normal words like 'porridge' to get 'morridge'. There also seemed to be a lot of completely made up ones that have never existed or arbitrarily acquired cream. At the time I was quite charitable about it but in hindsight its a bit tragic and quite irritating. Type 'alphabet' into our search box and you'll soon find it.
I'm sure your list is lovely though.
Iceland for the broken biscuits.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
Can I just say that your website is a wonder of the interactive age and is almost solely responsible for the recent media explosion of biscuit, tea and sitting down related pastimes - without your efforts I can hardly think that we would have seen 50Cent chomping on a gypsy cream whilst reclining with a cuppa backstage at last month's MTV music awards. Keep up the fight!
I am writing regarding the Tim Tam, a delightful biscuit in its own right, but it worries me that they are being shipped half-way around the world in refrigerated containers. Can they not be produced in the UK? The calorific value of a packet of Tim Tams may strike fear into the heart of the average Atkins dieter but it is negligible in comparison to the enormous amount of kilo-joules that are wasted transporting it from Australia to the UK. If our supermarkets were truly environmentally conscious this arrangement would cease immediately and licensed production of the Tim Tam could start in the UK forthwith.
The Tim Tam is a nice biscuit but shouldn't we be a little more eco-friendly and buy Penguins instead? Biscuit consumers, it is in your hands!
A Concerned Biscuit Lover
|Nicey replies: Well yes I did bring up this very point at the UK launch. Tescos had spent 18 months working out how to ship them here so they weren't too receptive to the idea that it might be a bit eco-unfriendly. Arnotts have got the big 'Made in Australia' thing which is very admirable. However, it does mean when I approached them about how they would feel about licensing to other manufacturers they didn't rule it out but they didn't rush at the idea.|
I'm giving serious consideration to adopting a milkless policy in my tea and sit down activities. Until now I've always enjoyed milk (semi-skimmed) in a nice cup of Assam tea. I am partial to both Earl Grey and Lady Grey and, in my past, drank quite a lot of Japanese Green Tea. I'm not yet sure about Darjeeling but will persevere on this front We have a canteen facility at work that offers a range of nice teas and lovely biscuits and, indeed, sit downs, however I feel that if I am ever to taste Camomile Tea I will have to ask a lady colleague to order it for me.
I wonder whether you could suggest any nice teas that can be enjoyed without milk.
|Nicey replies: Tim,
You could suck tepid water through grass cuttings and save yourself the trouble of drinking Camomile tea. As for which is best without milk not sure as we drink conventional teas that don't really lend themselves to that. Site regular Brian Barratt has written to us many times to extoll the virtues of milkless tea. Try typing 'Barratt' into our search box and reading the messages with tea cup icons.