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Brandt Hobbits kernig Review
I am somewhat concerned after reading your Hobbits review. My memory told me that I had encountered the "Kern-" bit in German words before. Being at work I only have my technical dictionary to hand and have found that it prefixes most of the words to do with the nuclear industry (Kernanlage, Kernbrennstoff etc.). Do you have Geiger counter among your biscuit review equipment? Possibly a second hand one could be obtained from eBay at a reasonable price.
I've recently discovered your excellent site and wanted to let you know how biscuits helped me advance my career.
I had a regular meeting with some subcontractors who had a rather antagonistic history with our company. We had to do business with them but they certainly didn't like it. They made this very clear with elaborate politeness, lots of formality and no actual cooperation with anything we wanted. We of course were equally formal back. None of this was helping to get the job done and we started to fall behind in the programme. This situation went on for a couple of meetings until they decided they would enjoy the hostilities more if they included a half time break for a nice cup of tea and a biscuit. They rolled in the tea trolley and were about to start sneering at our tea choices when I spotted the plate of biscuits. Forgetting my rather boring, formal business personality I squealed with delight, "ooh, figgy biccies" it went very, very quiet. everyone turned and started at me in amazement. I blushed and was desperately trying to think how to recover my professionalism when the subcontractors all grinned enthusiastically and agreed that the figgie biscuit was a fine biscuit. From that moment the cold war was well and truly over. We happily swapped stories of favourite biscuits and in between managed to get the job back on track. Of course we continued to make time for a nice cup of tea during our meetings, they even made a point of finding 'guest biscuits', my favourite of these was the cherry roll. The job finished ahead of schedule, which got me noticed and helped my career no end, all thanks to the figgy roll. I can't help thinking that maybe this success story could be applied to even more antagonistic situations, like the UN security council. Could biscuit appreciation be the key to better world cooperation?
|Nicey replies: The importance of the thoughtful use of biscuits in a business context is often overlooked. Your tale is a powerful reminder of the power of fig rolls to bring about a negotiated settlement.|
Custard Cream Review
|Love your site, it makes me laugh no end.|
One thingthat I think should be mentioned whilst talking about the legendary Custard Cream, in my opinion the "Holy Grail" of the biscuit world is that rather than simply taking them apart, as you discuss, you can take two apart, dunk the sides that managed to separate themselves from the cream and then stick the two creamy halves together to produce a kind of double cream custard cream as a sort of "pudding biscuit" for the post-dunk comedown
|Nicey replies: Nice plan Tom. I imagine this could be extended with out too much trouble to encompass other sandwich biscuits such as Bourbons and Orange creams.|
||Dear Nicey, |
John Doyle mentioned the 'snap tin' - snap is a local word for packed lunch, or packing-up as certain people in Kent call it. I think 'snap' for packed lunch is more widespread than just Yorkshire, where interestingly a 'pot' of tea can be both a pot in the conventional sense (spout and handle) as well as meaning a big mug.
||Re John Doyle's email, the tin in question - and a host of others - is on display at the Huntley and Palmers exhibition in Reading Museum. All his Peek Frean questions will be answered there too - well worth a day trip.|