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Ginger Nut Review
|RE: previous message from Donalda Bint|
I too was brought up being told this and much to my horror no one else ever appears to have heard of it - they all just think I'm completely potty. Imagine my delight to hear that I am not the only person to have humiliated myself by smashing the ginger nut, in company, before realising what I was doing. It does seem to be a very adept form of brainwashing as it is a totally instinctive reaction when picking one up. But again, it appears the more training you have, the better you become as after 25-30 years of practice I can still get a very respectable 95'ish % hit rate. I wonder if it's a skill only us Scots possess.
Rich Tea Review
While checking out the back catalogue of your fine website, in a rather feeble attempt to look busy at work, I came across a rather scathing report on Rich Tea biscuits.
I have to admit I find this a complete abomination and a sully libellous enough to end you up in court (should biscuits be able to afford to pay lawyers.) The Rich Tea is clearly the original and ultimate King of biscuits.
In these modern days everyone is looking for that bit of excitement and hedonistic pleasure, perhaps best illustrated by the self satisfied smugness of the annoyingly named Hobnob, with all its devilous coated offspring, or the e-number frenzied mothers’ enemy B-N. It is symptomatic of such a snivelling uncaring society that the faithful traditional Rich tea should be rejected in such a thoughtless manner.
It is a reminder of simpler times, when choppers were cool, Cars were called Kit, Blue Riband’s were luxury, and milk and biscuits considered a venerable treat. The rich tea with its smooth, crisp, simple taste was, and is a treat the entire family could enjoy, and at its reasonable cost was like a societal bond, inviting people across the generations and social barriers to unite in appreciation of the one true biscuit.
Rather than bland – it is untainted. It can be eaten dry, dunked or mashed, indeed it is an invitation to develop your imagination and discover new heights of biscuit enjoyment. Grabbing back the idea that entertainment is not provided but created, that pleasure must be earned and simplicity is all.
Open your mind and your heart to this wonderful biscuit and you too will reap a lifetime’s reward.
|Nicey replies: Yum yum pass the hair shirts.
||Woo! Nostalgia trip! I've never forgotten these - in the early 1970s my mum was accosted in the corner Co-op and asked to test some samples of a then un-named new biscuit. She brought them home and my brother and I ate them and had to fill in a form rating them from 1-5 on things like chocolate - too much or too little? (is there such a thing as too much chocolate?) and crispiness of wafer, quantity of nuts etc. For this service, we received a couple more of the anonymous packs. Imagine our delight when they finally appeared, with a name, and we could say "we helped to test those"! (We were aged about 8 and 5 at the time).|
Love your site - I'm going to Holland in a few weeks, must try and find some biscuits to review for you.
Custard Cream Review
My friend and I were recently watching an old episode of the Avengers (Diana Rigg era). They were involved in uncovering some dasterdly deads within the world of high finance and it involved having lots of very nice wine and food while looking rather dapper (in the case of Stead) or swish (in the case of Emma Peel).
Anyway - during the course of the episode both Stead and Emma were offered "sherry and biscuits" at various points by the most cultured and well-mannered old city gentleman.
"Mmmmmmmm" we thought.
But we are at a loss as to exactly which type of biscuit we should try with out sherry. On the one-hand, some home-made light & airy biscuits with a little cinnimon - on the other something a little sharper and perhaps lemon-oriented.
Have you ever tried "sherry and biscuits"? If so we would appreciate any advice you can give as we intend to become very dapper soon and feel that a good choice of sherry and biscuit to offer guests would help us on our way.
If you have not tried such a combination, which direction does your biscuit sense lead you? Cinnimon or lemon?
Thank you very much,
|Nicey replies: Billy,
Are we talking Cream, Olorosso or Amontillado?
Anyhow with a cream sherry I would have a Brandy Snap or possibly even a Gingernut. With an Amontillado what could be nicer than with a Custard Cream or an All Butter biscuit.
I have to agree with Robin Clarke on the subject of Hitchhikers tea machine. The liquid issuing forth from the vending monster in my works canteen looks like tea, smells like tea, even has the consistency of tea, but requires at least six sugars (and I never take sugar anyway) to make it anywhere near drinkable. I'm forced to have frothy coffee instead (oh the shame!). Whoever invented tea powder should be made to drink vending machine tea as punishment. We can only assume it was someone who has no tastebuds.
Extra-terrestrial life did visit this planet once, but the only place they could get a hot drink was the vending machine at Victoria coach station - which is why they don't land here any more.
Good work here, I came to this site after reading the feature in 'Norfolk' magazine. Nice cup of tea and a sit down? Don't mind if I do.