Our house can now breathe a sigh of relief. Our cups , previously locked together, have been released! Method: Immersed them in hot water then dried and poured in a smidgin of olive oil(extra virgin). Allowed to soak in for 30 seconds. Then a knife (work canteen quality) was used as a lever to loosen the mug. At this stage a little movement allowed the introduction of wet/dry sandpaper between mug and cup. A patient 10 minutes of fiddling about and .....voila..........the mug popped out.
Peace reigns, tea and biccies a cert.
|Nicey replies: All's well that ends well then.|
||As you can see from the photo we have a marital crisis. Hubby's cup is wedged inside my favourite after a dishwasher mishap. Hot and cold water treatments have failed to separate them. Soap didn't work. I suggested WD 40 but that didn't go down well, ( might give the tea a nasty taste).|
Any helpful suggestions from the world of tea and biscuit lovers would be welcome. We need help!
|Nicey replies: Well obviously my first thoughts are to simply smash away the troublesome outer mug. However you might want to try immersing the outer mug in boiling water and packing the inner one with ice, the difference in thermal expansion might allow you to separate them.|
||Have you any information on the existence/availability of mug cosies? I like to drink my tea from a large mug (less trips to the kitchen) but hate having to wolf it all down before it gets too cold.|
yours in tea,
|Nicey replies: Well the purists would say get a pot and a cozy, others may simply point you at some of the new breeds of thermal cups like the one Adam acquired from Starbucks of all places
I'll leave it to your own conscience which one you pursue.
Marks and Spencer Dunking Cookies Review
I'm from Britain but I live in California, so I like to keep up with current events back home with your website. Anyway, I saw your Biscuit of the Week review about dunking cookies from M&S and I thought: Hello, cookies, dunking, I've seen that before somewhere ... and I had -- there's a chain called Trader Joe's around here that's sold these for a while now. From the suspiciously similar design and packaging, I think they might be one and the same. (Plus, the "cookie" thing is a bit of a give-away.)
Photos of same
|Nicey replies: Looks like a case of parallel evolution to me, as they are similar but not identical. It does, however, call into question the M&S claim to be the world's first cookie designed for dunking, which seemed a little presumptuous.
Oh nice mug by the way.
Good thinking by Mike on the mug handle topic. I would imagine that even if all six mugs had large enough handles to get the three finger hold employed, unless all handles were of a standard size there could still be stabilization problems. I've often thought i've got a good grip of multiple mugs, only to find when I raise the mugs from the surface I get some slippage and sometimes a mug collision resulting in spillage. This of course leads to another problem. If all mug handles need to be the same size it will mean that some of the drinkers may not be able to use their favourite vessel. Therefore I conclude that some sort of carrying tray may be in order in this case.
PS. Nice article in the Sunday Times magazine last week. I particularly like the shed.
|Nicey replies: Jim,
We often used to improvise a tray using the lid off a big biscuit tin.
There were some nice shots of the inside of the shed showing my bench covered in Fig Rolls. Just to clear one thing up Wifey occasionally thrusts a mug of tea through the door if I'm down there doing 'real' work like mending a chair or something, and she approaches down the garden path (not pictured) rather than out of the privet hedge.