Could someone please tell me whatever happened to Thick Tea biscuits? They sort of looked like Farley's Rusks but not as crispy and had little holes punctured into them. You could eat them on their own or with real fattening butter.
Eileen, Halifax, West Yorks.
|Nicey replies: I've not seen them for years, I think they fell victim to natural selection, or un-selection in this case. I should add them to the Paleolithic Biscuit section.|
||I actually have a couple of questions. |
The first question is a home baked "chocolate chip cookie" called a biscuit in your land or is it a cookie.
The second thing is marshmallow biscuits. I think you should do an international review.
Here in America we have ...
- a cookie called a mallowmar which is similar to your Tunnocks tea cake.
- a Pinwheel which is the same a the above in the shape of a miniature bundt cake.
- a Whoopie pie which is 2 big sort of squishy oat based cookies sandwiching a layer of marshmallow cream.
In Israel there is a cultural tradition that surrounds the marshmallow cookie (biscuit)
In the summer all the makollet (corner stores) sell ice cream... Magnum bars, prepared cones etc. but in the winter it's too cold for ice cream so they turn to what is called a Crembo (that's a transliteration.) I think they have imitations too but they come in vanilla and chocolate (marshmallow cream that is - not frosting.
|Nicey replies: Amy,
Yes we call chocolate chip cookies the same as that is basically an American genre, also it would mess up the alliteration if we changed it.
Thanks for the info about mallow biscuits, unfortunately I don't know what a 'bundt cake' is, so I'll assume its like a cake version of the Pinwheel.
The 'Whoopie Pie' sounds like an out of control Kimberly.
Re the email from your correspondent Hel Moo. This is a variation on the theme of the use of tap water in hot beverages.
Many, many years ago I recall watching a film. I don't remember the name (it was one of those bleak and depressing 1960's black and white jobs) but I remember Glenda Jackson was the leading lady - I guess that makes it of a "certain age". There is in fact only one thing I remember about the whole film. In one scene, it is early morning and she is rushing out of out of her dreary bedsit accomodation and makes a cup of coffee using hot water from the tap (and drinks it as well!) That particular scene has stuck in my mind for the last 20 years and put me off Glenda Jackson for life - that's a bit of a bummer as she is now also my MP. I thoroughly agree with you and I couldn't express it better myself - Yeeerrrchhh.
Keep up the crusade!
Money is still around, yay! They told me I was mad! Thank heavens for your authority.
I'd like to bring to your attention something that has horrified me for some time. I'm not sure who started it, possibly someone with no time for a sit down.
This horrific practice involves pouring upto HALF of the tea away and refilling with cold water. It's obvious that the strength, flavour and overall enjoyment is diluted along with it. Not only this, but the surface becomes covered in bubbles and transforms the brew into a money infested "teappuccino". The aim of all this is to cool the tea down and drink it as quickly as possible, but at what cost?
Has anyone else seen this done? Did it chill them to the bone?
Please alert the public to this appauling habit and let us take action. Think of the children!
|Nicey replies: Yeeerrrrchhh, the horror. Such people will pay the price for such chemical abuse in later life, we would hope. I hesitate to use the Cup if Tea icon.|
Malted Milk Review
|Round our way, Malted Milks were always served at nursery schools and toddler's groups. This was because malt and milk were Good For You. They had a cow on them to tell you!! They weren't just any old frivolous biccky, but an Improving Food. Definitely regarded as a Cut Above by local education authorities and bossy ladies.|
|Nicey replies: I was quite excited on a trip to the Bass Museum of Brewing in Burton on Trent to see a packet of Malted Milk biscuits in the display case about malt. They had tried to increase the 'wow' factor of this already gripping exhibit by using chocolate covered Malted Milks. So not only are they good for you but they use some beer technology in their manufacture. Of course I took a picture.