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My daughter has subscribed to your newsletter for some time now and I hear that you have quite a following among students at King Alfred's University, Winchester.
I'm writing to say that I just received my first newsletter and what a pleasure it was. There nestling among the unsolicited emails urging me to purchase viagra, drastic weight loss pills and life changing recipes was "a nice cup of tea and sit down .com." I welcomed it. I will think of you as I sit with a nice cup of tea and a sandwich today (not that I spurn the occasional hob nob or M&S chocolate chip cookie- is that advertising or am I among friends ?)
Anyway I look forward to many more newsletters and sharings on the tea and biccy front.
I was wondering if you, wifey or readers remembered Thin Wines (or Whines, or possibly something else). I was chatting to my brother, Adrian, the other day about them, as they were his faves for dunking in tea back in the 70's. Now he and his daughters have to resort to dunking Jacobs Cream Crackers, which doesn't sound particularly appetising, but, if tried, is surprisingly
not too disgusting.
|Hi Nicey, do you remember me, Martin in Thailand? Congrats on all the media exposure, richly deserved. When last I wrote, Marks and Sparks were selling McVities standards here - digestives, rich teas etc. at 85 baht/packet. Excuse me, but in Thailand that can buy enough rice to feed a family of 5 for a week. Seriously. There was a local biscuit somewhat reminiscent of Nice called "Homey", which stood in on occasion, but I became excited when a new biscuit appeared, Fun-O. The name's a bit of a giveaway, so I just had to tell the story to the attached pic.|
Oreo mutates into Custard Cream - amazing biscuit evolution in Thailand!
1. The original, Oreo Nabiscoensis, familiar to biscuiteers worldwide, made under licence by PT Nabisco Foods in Indonesia, selling at the Thai consumer-friendly price of 5 baht for 3. Don't worry, the funny writing just says "Oreo."
2. Oreo Knock-off-oensis, "Cream-O", made by "Jack 'n Jill" aka URC (Thailand) in Samut Sakhon near Bangkok, cleverly selling at 5 baht for 4. 2a. (not shown) an intermediate species of Cream-O, in the same size packet, but with chocolate cream filling.
3. An evolutionary breakthrough! Someone at URC decides to put a light shortbread mixture in the pseudo-Oreo moulds, but still with chocolate cream filling. The result is called "Fun-O." Now we are getting 6 biscuits for 5 baht.
4. Amazing convergent evolution! Light shortbread with custard cream filling. It might be showing signs of its Oreo ancestry, but taste-wise, this "Fun-O" is a bona fide custard cream! Still at 6 for 5 baht too.
|Nicey replies: An outstanding bit of pure biscuit research the Martin. Unfortunately as there isn't a scientific journal dedicated to the science of biscuits you'll have to settle for us as the platform on which publish your astounding thesis.|
Botham's Tea, Shah Ginger and Ginger Choc Chip biscuits Review
|To Andrew McMurtrie,|
It was cup of tea time,
when I discovered this rhyme,
of praise and a niggle,
It made me quite giggle!
Although, I find it quite odd,
That when ordering cod,
You found our girl dour,
Are you quite sure?
I’m particularly proud-
Blow trumpet if allowed.
That when put to the test,
Our staff are the best!
The Tea Council recommended,
by awarding us ‘Highly Commended’.
A tribute bestowed,
and an honour to hold.
So family McMurtrie,
Please don’t get shirty,
We treat guests as kings,
Serving tea, scones and things.
Which I’m sure you will learn,
if you come back next term.
Our ‘blacks and pinnies’ are neat,
efficient - and really quite sweet!
So let me put things right,
- An offer if I might?
When you next come for tea,
You can have it on me!
From Botham’s Tea Rooms
Tea Council Award of Excellence 2003
McVities Digestive Cream Review
|Can you help? I haven't seen Sweetmeal Digestive Creams in the shops for ages. Two biscuits, about 2/3rds the size of a regular digestive, with cream in the middle - obviously, where else would the cream be? Anyway, what's happened to them? Where can I get hold of them ? Please advise.|
Gary in Bristol.
|Nicey replies: Oh dear, we reviewed them when they came out but they didn't quite work for us. Sounds like they might have been canned. We did hear of a 'Hills Digetsive Creams' which were like a Custard Cream crossed with Digestive, but you would need to look in corner shops for those.|