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poverty of purse and paucity of choice led me to take on a health threatening job in the mid-80s. I commuted from Camberwell to a factory in Hanger Lane to clock on at 7.30am and clean the insides of the site's vending machines. The growths, the fungi, the smells were more than repellent; they fixed themselves in my clothes and hair. For a four week period, no matter how I washed and perfumed myself, I smelt of the sloppy distress created by the wettened-dried out contents of powdered soups, teas, coffees and hot chocolates. It was an entrance into the underbelly of the universe for which I was not fully prepared and will never forget. Much money must pass my palm or heinous thirst overwhelm me before I sup from such an automatic vendor again.
I am a regular reader but first time contributor to yours, the best website in the world.
On seeing your picture of a "typical" cream tea I felt the need to comment on the disastrous placement of clotted cream.
Originally from Devon (and therefore highly qualified on the subject of cream teas) I was always taught that the cream goes on first, then a small blob of strawberry jam is place atop (certain heathens may use raspberry jam but the least said about those people the better!). You're picture clearly puts jam first, then cream! Quelle horreur!
Despite this comment I am pleased that your horizons have broadened during your trip.
Keep up the difficult work!
|Nicey replies: My Auntie Edna who has local knowledge of the issue did warn me that I might be inciting unrest. However, yours is the first mail I've had advocating cream first so it would appear you're in the minority. If you are right then my reply should really lead to widespread unrest.|
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
Regarding the debate on 'to top or not to top' the digestive biscuit: In my family we were firm believers in the addition of toppings, which could be anything from sweet to savoury, or indeed a combination of both e.g. cheese and jam. The most bizarre reversal of this trend that I ever heard is the use of the biscuit itself as a topping. I must say that I have never tried this myself but present it for the delectation of your readers. A former colleague of mine regularly used to top cheese on toast with a chocolate digestive biscuit and to grill lightly to enable the chocolate to melt into the cheese. This person would also, and for no apparent reason, regularly imitate the call of the female ring-tailed lemur. ???
Griffins Sultana Pasties Review
|I was hoping that, given your knowledge of all things biscuit-like, you would be able to assist in tracking down a confection from my mother's New Zealand youth. She claims they were called something like 'Chocolate Raisin Pasties' and comprised a sort of pastry case filled with raisins, and the whole covered in chocolate. Apparently they were small and dunk-able, as she remembers her father indulging in this habit. Any ideas?|
|Nicey replies: Sultana pasties, follow the link to our review.|
I was intrigued to read Martin Booth's tale of a little old Hastings lady offering him a buttered McVitie's digestive. Whilst discussing this with a work colleague, I recalled eating digestives topped with a Dairylea triangle as a child. (Obviously a poor relation to the more traditional cheese and biscuits).
What are your views on adding toppings to biscuits. Should they remain 'au natreulle' or is a light spreading of some dairy product permissible? I await your wise words.
|Nicey replies: Well in the quasi democracy that is NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown we defend peoples right to drink their tea and eat their biscuits in which ever way they see fit, unless of course they doing something plainly wrong. As you see we have an icon, albeit rarely used, that denotes cheese on biscuits, so that is grudging acceptance of the practice.|