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||Which way is up. When I lay the biscuits on a plate I put them chocolate side down because I think that the chocolate is on the underside of the biscuit and the writing and holes are on the top. When I did this at my book group everyone thought that I had placed them that way to deter people from eating them by hiding the chocolate. Which way do you think is up.|
|Nicey replies: Lisa,
Chocolate is always placed on the the base of the biscuit as this flat and more easily processed. However, once on there it effectively reverses the polarity of the biscuit so that the chocolate side is now considered up. Your book group is obviously a bunch of polite if somewhat conspiratorial people. I would have told you to stop mucking about and turn the biscuits the right way up before you create an unnecessary and embarrassing spectacle.
||Can I just congratulate David Cowie on his splendid idea. I, like Dave, have often found myself throwing away half bottles of milk. In fact I am fully aware when purchasing a bottle, that it is highly unlikely that I will consume the whole contents prior to them seperating into their various|
It must be borne in mind though that due to the cooling effects of the frozen milk, this process should only be used for cups of tea to be consumed swiftly, ie. to be downed prior to dashing out of the door to work. In all other circumstances a proper cup of tea must be piping hot. But I think
that you will agree Mr Nicey that a cup of tea cool enough to gulp, is infinately better than no cup of tea at all.
I'm just off to try and find those ice cube freezer bag thingies, and a bottle of milk.
||Is it actually possible to make a nice cup of tea with a tea bag?|
Not entirely, but pitifully few types of good quality tea bags have come to my attention during my life long quest for a decent bag. However, I do have a tip or two. Most tea bags exude an oily slick if left in the cup/mug/pot for more than 30 seconds and the taste is often very far removed from the cups of tea regularly consumed in my youth. Of course this was before the advent of the 'convenience' bag when better quality leaves were usually given better quality attention in most households and catering establishments.
Today, few can be bothered with the messy tea leaf method and most of us have succumbed to the sheer convenience and habit of the tea bag and it is now undoubtedly the tea makers preference.
All is not lost! Find a good quality tea bag producer (my favourite everyday one is Marks & Spencer Gold). Place one bag in a mug, pour on boiling water and vigorously and continuously bash with a teaspoon about 30-40 times (20-30 seconds max.). Remove the bag and dump it. Add milk if you want and hey presto, the best possible result for making tea from this miserable substitute for the real thing.
|Nicey replies: David,
Thanks for enlightening us all on how to make tea, I'm sure all the people who have been stuffing tea bags in their ears, snorting sugar and gluging down cold tap water are feeling fairly foolish about now.
I may be stuck in the old way of doing things, but, I do love our tea lady. She is called Moreen and comes round twice a day to make us tea and make sure we have biscuits.
Can I ask, do you know of any other companies/organisations that have a tea lady? and, is not time to start a campaign to bring back the Moreens of this world. After all, aren't the Moreens our only chance at hitting back at the Vending machines?
|Nicey replies: We can only wonder with awe at the utopian splendor of your catering arrangements.
Now this is going to sound like one of those Viz ideas or even something out of Take a Break magazine but anyway here is a very nearly revolutionary idea.
You see I only ever use milk in tea, I drink coffee black and dont have time for cereal in the mornings. Sometimes I dont even have time for tea (because I believe that 10mins extra in bed is approx equal to a cup of tea).
Because of this I was finding that I was throwing out alot of unused milk.
So I came up with the following idea - you know those freezer bags which you fill with water to make ice cubes? Guess what?! Yep fill 'em full of milk and hey presto! Milk Cubes!
I find that one cube is sufficient (I like my tea on the strong side) and that after infusing in a cup whilst I shower in the mornings one milk cube makes a perfect cup of tea which is just on the right side of hot / drinkable.
What do you think?!
|Nicey replies: I think it gets a cautious Rocket Science icon.