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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.|
Bahlsen Crumblys Review
| I've just had three of these that I found at work and they were very nice indeed. Perhaps my pleasure was heightened by knowing that they weren't mine as such, but I don't know, I think they just tasted mighty fine. The description on the bottom of the packet reads "Biscuit tarts with a blueberry fruit filling decorated with a crumble topping", and that does about sum it up. The almost crunchy crumble is an excellent touch which I haven't come across before, but I'm guessing there's a range of Crumbly's out there. And blueberry doesn't appear enough in our diet ( except those over-rated muffins that taste of little but baking soda). If you haven't done so already, try them yourselves.|
Botham's Tea, Shah Ginger and Ginger Choc Chip biscuits Review
|Elizabeth Botham makes very fine tea,|
But her silver tea pot burnt me.
In Whitby Town we sat down,
The wife, myself and Kids 3.
After Nicey's tip, we planned a trip,
For homemade biscuits and tea.
Their blend was a good pour,
Though the waitress was dour.
(but in Yorkshire that's the score!)
But transported back to Victorian time
(By the Botham's time machine!)
I pondered this eternal question.
Twixt bickys and tea, and fish and chips,
What would your choice be?
Whilst some might go for Whitby cod,
IT'S A CUP OF TEA FOR ME !
|Nicey replies: So that's mostly a thumbs up. Actually I've been thinking about breaking into our last Botham's All Butter Fruit Cake most of this morning, it survived a trip to Colchester Zoo the day after the Bank holiday, (which I think it enjoyed) but its on borrowed time now. |
Kate Allen's scientific teabag timing methods could be well employed wherever there is a proliferation of tea bag types, leading to tannin barriers at different points.
We need a graph, probably not one of those lovely 3-D ones that Ex-hell gives you, but one that really helps the bewildered coffee drinker to understand the complex relationship between teabag type, agitation (of the bag, not the tea maker), size of mug, time of day etc.
Here, the other half asks "tea, dear?" to which the answer is inevitably "oh, twist my arm then", but the follow up is more and more complicated "bog standard, decaf, assam or darjeeling?" followed by "how long do I leave it in for?" A graph in the kitchen would do the trick nicely.
Hmm, suppose I'm asking for trouble by not making it myself.
|Nicey replies: Definitely a PhD in there, and possibly a whole new branch of mathematics.|
Abbey Crunch Review
|Firstly I would like to say that I love your site and it has reawakened my interest in biscuits (which is not necessarily a good thing).|
Secondly, I am a strong believer in one tea bag per cup however I respect the right for people to drink their tea however they want. My sister merely waves a tea bag at hot water and adds in half a pint of milk so I have learnt to be understanding of other tea drinkers preferences.
Thirdly, I want to share exciting kettle news. I was recently given a new kettle for my birthday and it has changed my tea drinking. Previously I had to swirl the tea bag around non stop and lift it out fairly fast to avoid horrid scum on the top of the tea (I live in a hard water area). However, I now have a filter kettle and it is amazing. I can leave the tea bag for a good 5 mins to brew and no scum at all! The result is much nicer tea as I can properly taste it. I would recommend this kettle to anyone also suffering in a hard water area. I believe it was from John Lewis.
Finally, Abbey Crunch really is the king of biscuits. My boyfriend found a supplier for me last week as I was getting desperate to have an Abbey Crunch (having forgotten how wonderful they were until you reminded me) and I now have 5 packs lined up ready for a nice cup of tea and a sit down!