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||Dear Nicey & Wifey|
When I read your news bulletin about the low consumption of apple crumble (and of course custard) I was shocked and stunned. I love to make a fruit crumble at least once a month!
Here is a handy tip to make crumble making easy peasy and quick too: make up bags of crumble mixture in 500g amounts and freeze it. I like to use a third fat to flour with 2-3 tbsps of sugar. When you want a super quick crumble take a tin of fruit in own juice (apple, pear, even pineapple works), or light syrup and pour into a deep baking dish and sprinkle some of the crumble mixture over the fruit. You do not need to defrost the crumble mixture first. Bung in a preheated oven (with foil cover if you are prone to burning things!), and bake for about 20-30 minutes. And of course serve pipping hot with plenty of custard!
|Nicey replies: Marge,
We like your 'can do' attitude to puddings.
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
I was watching breakfast telly this morning and was surprised to see the presenters discussing a new nylon tea bag that is supposed to make the tea taste better.
I didnít get too many details as my concentration isnít the best first thing in the morning, but the tea bag was pyramid shaped, giving a strong indication of the manufacturer.
In a blind test (not carried out under scientific conditions) John Stapleton claimed to have preferred the tea from the nylon bag, although a much more in-depth study would be required in order to convince me of the merits of this new technology.
Iím all in favour of anything that makes my tea taste better, but Iím less keen on throwing lots of those little nylon bags on my compost heap.
|Nicey replies: Morning Keith,
That sounds like a giant leap backwards. Monkey in America sent us over some very dubiuos nylon teabags last year that were like tall four sided pyramids. The came in individually parcelled up adorned with gold coloured wire and ornamental leaves. I couldn't tell if the tea was any good or not as I was too annoyed. Much the same effect as wanting a cosy informal fireside pub lunch, and being forced to sit bolt upright in a draughty conservatory whilst some waitress chastises you for not booking and not fancying any of their ridiculously overpriced out of place and pompous menu.
John Stapleton should have known better than to endorse such nonsense, mind you I always thought that it was Lynn Faulds-Wood who wore the trousers. So maybe he is just making petulant statements whilst off the leash.
What am I going on about?
||Hello Nicey and Wifey,|
Am I the only person who drinks nothing but tea at home, yet drinks nothing but coffee at work? In my case, itís because the tea at work smells of mushroom soup, but Iíve always done that. Anybody else?
|Nicey replies: Yes nothing more off putting than a trace of fungus.|
Ringtons Ginger Snap Review
|Dear Nicey, Wifey and YMOS,|
Further to Russ Humphreyís message, I can confirm we have a Ringtons Man in Wymondham, Norfolk Ė which is a fair distance from Newcastle. We use their Extra Fresh Tea for our regular brew, and are partial to their butter and sultana cookies, chocolate mallows and ginger snaps. I prefer the ginger snaps and cookies after the pack has been left open a couple of days and they are slightly softened.
All the best,
|Nicey replies: Yes that is a bit off their beaten track. In fact Wymondham isn't really on anybody's beaten track unless they are going to Norwich and by then they are so nearly at Norwich that they are unlikely to stop. I wonder how the Ringtons man gets to you? Mind you I've just spotted that they are opening up shops round the UK including one just down the road from us.
I am a Brit Yorkshire Tea Gold drinker who has been living in the States for four years. My mum regularly ships me boxes of Yorkshire Tea together with fruit pastilles and bournville chocolate. I discovered your site through facebook, on which my profile shows that I am a big fan of sitting. I just want to thank you for your site, which helps curb my pangs for people who understand about Weetabix, Hobnobs, and Jaffa Cakes. You say any of those words over here and just get blank expressions, never mind trying to rejoice in the miraculous properties of a good cup 'o tea. I have succeeded in finding Weetabix (in the ORGANIC section!) and Hobnobs at our local Wegmans, which is quite a wonderful supermarket with over 700 types of cheese, but isn't a patch on Sainsbury's.
One thing that is quite wondrous about these ahead-of-the-curve American people, they still use stove top kettles! It took me quite a lot of time and effort to find an electric kettle! Good grief.
I share your frustration over those origami-less folks who insist on correcting your grammar. I do a lot of writing in my job, and am now so thoroughly confused between British and American rules that I just throw as many commas as I can into the wash and hope for the best. At least I have the excuse of "oh, that's how we say it in England" when I am corrected.
Georgina Bath, from Preston living in Baltimore.
|Nicey replies: Yes we've discussed the USA's kettle issues many a time on NCOTAASD. Its been said that American electricity isn't as good as British Electricity either so even if you manage to get a kettle its only running on 120v or something rather than proper 240v. I'm sure that the current as well as the voltage has a bearing too and this is all anecdotal. Plus we have had some shirty messages saying that its very easy to get useful kettles in the US.
As for Facebook we have put Wifey in charge of all that side of things. She looks after our social-networking apparently I look after all of our anti-social responsibilities.