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Check out the chemical formulae of the major ingredients of tea
No wonder it's so darn tasty.
|Nicey replies: Oh yes that makes we want to put the kettle on, especially those lovely little hydroxyl groups on the end.|
Just thought I would drop you a line with regards to Karen who was asking about diet biscuits. I thought she might like to know that I have in the past lost weight on weight watchers. With weight watchers everything has a point value and you are allowed so many points in a day. Usually 18 to 20. Most biscuits are quite high in points. A custard cream is 1 1/2, but the savior of the Weight Watcher is the Cadbury's finger. You can have three of them for one point! Three biscuits for one point! Nine of them instead of one custard cream!
It's the way to go. I must go back on the diet again.....as soon as the biscuit tin is empty of anzacs!
I had problems with the foul taste of vending machine beverages until I one day realized that my problem was more one of expectations. Vending machine coffee is actually a quite nice drink, provided you don't expect it to taste a bit like coffee. It's a completely different, warm, caffeinated beverage. Try this. Put a sticker reading "Blop" over the "Tea" label on your vending machines. Expectations become different ("Hey, what is this interesting novel Blop drink? Didn't I see an ad for it on Sky?") and you might actually turn out to like it.
After hearing about nicecupofteaandasitdown a long time ago (through Good Food magazine no less!), I've finally got round to having a look. How clever you are to make a site for the most important tradition of them all. Nothing can beat a good cuppa and a proper biscuit or four (the more buttery the better, as far as I'm concerned).
But, I have a problem......
Being a twenty-something and keen to stay looking beautiful for many a year to come I am only too aware of the huge number of calories in a proper biscuit. What are your views on these 'low fat' biscuits, the 'Go Aheads' of this world?
I can't imagine for a minute that you like them, but what's a girl to do??
Roonie.(a Fox's fan)
|Nicey replies: Well low fat biscuits are a very tricky area, a bit like low alcohol drinks. Biscuits by their very nature have lots of carbohydrates and fat, mess with this basic equation and somethings not right. There are two main approaches, subterfuge and avoid total substitution. Foxs 'Officially Low Fat' cookies use clever recipes to avoid the fat content, small amounts of glycerol are used to keep the biscuit soft, a bit like its use in icing. Strong flavours such as almond and cherry try to steer our taste buds away from the lack of fat. The result through subterfuge is slightly odd but very very low fat cookie.
The second approach seen in much of the McV GoAhead range is to bulk up the biscuit with something that is low fat like fruit. Now, I happen to like that, but you may not.
Sometimes products are of course bulked up with low fat air, so watch out for those.
Interestingly another reason why the Jaffa Cake is a cake and not a biscuit is that is sponge base is much lower fat in than its biscuit shelf mates, and combined with plain chocolate the fat content is impressively low.
When I moved offices (and kitchens) there was a vending machine in the kitchen! I was quite excited as there wasn't one in my previous building, and I was making tea the proper way, but forever hiding milk and sugar from the people too lazy to buy it. But the vending machine tea was tasteless, and the bag always landed at the bottom of the cup with no spoons provided to fish it out. Other people would order a 'cappucino' and a coffee with milk and we could find no difference between them is colour or taste. Eventually, people boycotted the machine and it was taken away as it was no longer a money maker. It was replaced with a fridge so everyone could keep milk for tea. I should add at this stage, this is a university and most of the people in the building are students. Students are not normally fussy with such things, but I think stirring tasteless tea with folded up plastic lids was too much.