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||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.
|I once had a McVitie's digestive, buttered. It was given to me by a dear little old lady. Somewhere near Hastings, I think. It was in about 1973. Doubtless she's passed away now. I shall be eternally grateful to her for the memory. I've tried to replicate the event myself - but, it's true what they say - you can never go back. And anyway - we have Flora Pro-Activ*.|
*Clinically proven to Lower Cholesterol
|Nicey replies: The damage has already been done by the Digestive, so go on buy some proper butter and do the job properly.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
I agree with Margaret Morrell, in that the more Tim Tams per packet, the better! However, I think she fails to acknowledge the fun that can come about in constructing creative ways to decide who gets the 11th Tim Tam. Growing up in Australia, I have friends in the outback who have swum through creeks at night naked in order to earn the last Tim Tam. Where would the challenge be if all Tim Tams were equally divisible?