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Ginger Nut Review
Just thought I'd write and ask if you'd tried Tetley's Earl Grey with Vanilla. I only fraternise with the Earl occasionally myself and felt quite nervous about giving this a go but was pleasantly surprised. As usual with flavoured teas the vanilla smell is a lot stronger that the flavour and as I have milk in my Earl this is quite a relief. It also gives an extra something to the dipping biscuit of choice (for the earl has to be a plain digestive, keep it simple). Do let me know what you think, I havn't discovered any other flavours yet-do you know of any?
p.s. I also wanted to ask the biscuit eating world if there were any other ginger people (I am one of that variety myself) who felt that they were comitting a social taboo by opting for a ginger biscuit when offered. I have often noticed sidelong glances when I go for the ginger cake/biscuit as if I were doing something just a little bit brazen.
|Nicey replies: Hester,
We drink PG.
As for Ginger matters, Tom who edited our book and his wife are both of the Ginger persuasion and for their wedding cake had a huge ginger one with a Gingerbread groom and bride on top. Perhaps you should up the ante and carry around lumps of ginger, and those little jars of it to snack on.
I have been pondering what makes up a nice place to sit down (outside of home). The following factors make it for me, I wonder what others think?
- Wooden chairs and tables- not plastic- yuck.
- Proper cake selection (with 2+ homemade biscuits)
- Warm and cosy
- Friendly and informal staff
- A choice that includes proper tea and not just
- (A gamble here, I know) If they serve caffe latte
then I beg them not to serve it in a glass cup,
regardless of what they may or may not do in Italy.
My current favourite meeter of the above criteria is The Boston Tea Party in Bristol. Lovely place.
|Nicey replies: It's got to have enough room to swing a cat. I can't be doing with those places where you don't have enough elbow room to pour your tea. I like a few random or peculiar things scattered around which you can ponder on whilst drinking your tea. Such things as obscure farm/kitchen implements, or pictures of places a very long time ago when they looked different.
||Dear Nicey and the wife,|
Having looked through your feedback, I notice that there are many items relating to various cakes and biscuits but very little correspondence on the subject of toast.
I imagine that for most people, the phrase "A nice cup of tea and a sit down" evokes an image of afternoon tea. This is perfectly understandable as the 3 o'clock cuppa or a freshly brewed pot on arriving home after work are the most anticipated and well deserved breaks in the average day. On these occasions, a biscuit or a nice piece of cake is exactly the right accompaniment.
There are, however, other tea drinking opportunities, particularly breakfast and supper time, when a slice of toast is more appealing. As a child, one of my favourite culinary treats was hot, buttered toast with a sprinkling of sugar. The toast has to be hot to allow the sugar to melt into the butter. Nowadays, I enjoy toast with butter or marmalade for breakfast. Speciality jams are also provided for the younger members of the household.
For supper, I will occasionally top my toast with peanut butter or something more exotic such as cheese (with a dash of Lea & Perrin's), pilchards, plum tomatoes or mushrooms with cream.
Perhaps you could provide a survey on the best "toast topper", including butter, jam, marmalade, peanut butter, marmite (yuck!), mashed banana etc.
As you can see from this short list of options, toast is extremely versatile and should note be ignored.
p.s. Possibe new icon alert.
|Nicey replies: Kieth,
Our mate Nick Parker wrote a splendid book on toast, he also ran the London marathon last Sunday.
Of course Toast falls within the gamut of tea and sitting down activity. Wifey likes tea before, during and after Toast in the morning. Wifey sticks rigidly to Marmite or cheese. I like Bovril, Marmalade, sometimes a spot of jam occasionally Peanut Butter with sweet pickle or fresh ground black pepper. A spot of Heinz Tomato Ketchup is very good also. The whole team enjoys Sardines on toast and we feel strongly that more people should eat Sardines on toast.
I'll try a sweet toppings poll first, but I think I know the outcome already.
Big Woos for the icon fest nature of this message
||hi nicey, my name's joe meredith|
right now i'm a first year at wadham college, oxford, and recently a few good friends of mine have formed a new society: the tea society. we meet on sundays at half past four, where we all have a cup of tea and whatever cakes and biscuits anyone brings along. it's open to allcomers, and we even made some nice posters to put up. we're aiming to bring a bit of calm to the often stuffy-and-uptight world of oxford uni, through the power of a cuppa.
we'd just like to say that it's a very lovely site you have. keep up the great work.
|Nicey replies: Well done, but you need to meet on a daily basis about 2 or 3 times at least.
||sponge fingers - friend or foe?|
- Biscuit or cake?
- To be used in trifles or not?
The word sponge implies cake yet I know that these fingers have a distinct crunch about them aswell as adding the word fingers to the title and so implying a minor snake like bisciut inspired munch then a rich, filling meal in itself cake.
So Nicey I ask you to share your knowledge (failing that your opinion) as to wot these 'fingers' REALLY are?...
Lottie. Avid bisciut eater yet worried at the increasing rate of popularity for herbal teas!!
|Nicey replies: Simple Lottie they are little stale cakes. They may be eaten in emergencies or used in trifles as you point out, although I favour the dedicated trifle sponge in this regard. The packs always suggest loads of other uses for them but then they would. I expect they would be good for making small edible log cabins.
Don't worry about the Herbal tea thing, they all be back for proper tea once the novelty wears off.