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||Don't know if you've had this one already but my Mum used to say (indeed still does!) that two teaspoons in the same saucer means that there will be twins born in the family.|
Debbie in Warwick
|Nicey replies: Yes we had two teaspoons mentioned before but I think it meant a wedding.
Now you know where I live, you must tell me when you are next in town for faggots and peas in the market. I live 5 minutes from the market and have the kitchen (See attachment) voted as the best in Ponty for a cup of tea and a sit down by the dozen or so people that drop in every day. And you can see my collection of tarty CUPS. And you can have tea from a pot. And biscuits from the barrel you can see on the mantlepiece in the photo. And my homemade bara brith and welshcakes (made daily). And a cake stand with doileys.
|Nicey replies: That really is a lovely kitchen, and so well equipped for sit downs, as well as the tempting homemade Welsh produce. I think the Wife has got a bad case kitchen envy as she is setting about ours with all sorts of machines and chemicals, as I type this.
We'll definitely look you up on our next trip to Ponty, and do a special report on your kitchen.
And how right you are - tea is enjoyable (and necessary) regardless of the vessel it arrives in.
I am in the habit of drinking copious tea at work, obviously from a mug as I don't have room at my desk for a pot as well, and as my mug is approximately a half pinter, I have no problem dunking anything up to digestive size, which is perfectly adequate.
Perversely I drink coffee at home in a cup as I have a nifty cappuccino thingy, which will only fit a cup underneath, but this is fine as the matching saucer is perfect for balancing those nice Italian stick-like chocolate spread filled wafer things - although questionably a biscuit (?)
Hope that wasn't too much of a rant!
Cheers once again,
||Dear Nicey and Co.,|
Glad to see your wonderful website going from strength to strength and getting the public recognition it deserves. Tea, biscuits and sit-downs are the backbone of this country and it was high time someone came along to cast a critical and informed eye over the whole arena. Respect due! You're like the Harry Knowles of the biscuit world (that's to be taken as a compliment, by the way, not an insult). When is the 'Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down Guide to Biscuits' coming out? Come on folks, it's only a matter of time!
Anyhow, my reason for writing is to point out to those whose appetites have been whetted by Pete Biggs's review of the Dare Maple Leaf Cream that they are actually available in a few of the big chain supermarkets, so no need to make the long haul to Canada or adopt a Winnipeg penpal to get your chompers around one. I myself picked up a packet from my local Safeway, along with a box of Dare Blueberry Cheesecake Creams. I agree with Mr Biggs's verdict that the Maple Leaf is a delicious biscuit, especially when dunked, but I felt the lack of pecan as I ate. Maple and pecan are like a veteran double-act (like Canon and Ball) - they go together so well you're a bit non-plussed when you find them apart, and as a result the Maple Leaf felt somehow incomplete. Pecan pieces cooked into the biscuit itself or added to the cream would have been the perfect finishing touch to an otherwise flawless effort. As the Wife (yours that is) might say - Dare bakery people: take heed!
The Dare Blueberry Cheesecakes are noteworthy. They make very interesting eating, as they combine the sweet, sharp flavour of blueberries with the savoury warmth of cream cheese. I'm put in mind of a warm, snuggly duvet placed over a bed of very pointy needles - blueberries can be very sharp and wince-inducing, cream cheese can very sickly and cloying, but when combined they bring out the best qualities in each other. So just as the duvet-covered bed of needles is restful and yet bracing, the Cheesecake Cream is smoothy sweet and yet piquant. Couple all that with tea, if you're a dunker, and the effect in the mouth is quite distinctive. All in all, these biscuits are an interesting variation on the cream sandwich motif, and well worth a try in my opinion.
Wishing you all the best,
P.S. I think maybe I should stay away from metaphors for a while.
P.P.S. On the personal mug awareness front, I drink my tea out of a Starbucks mug. I like to think of this as my ironic protest against globalisation and the tyranny of cafe latte culture. Every time I sip my tea I chuckle knowingly to myself. Down with the Oreo cookie!!
|Nicey replies: Yes very insightful stuff there about the Pecan nuts. I have still to open my pack of Dare Maple creams, hand couriered from Canada by Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy (now to occasionally known as Mrs B), but I've had a few before, and I think you are on to something there.
Here's hoping that I can eat them without a gnawing sense of incompleteness.
||As a relative newcomer to your site, I have yet to find any reference to the most fundamental debate in the tea drinking world which is the cup vs mug divide. If all has been resolved, then I apologise for opening old wounds but there is a serious shortage of cup and saucer information on a site dominated by mug-gers.|
Speaking as one who would have to be really desperate for tea and a sit down before I would even entertain the idea of a mug, (yuk!) I feel I ought to point out the top ten advantages of cups and saucers.
1 Most cups are wider at the top than mugs and accommodate a greater range of dunking biscuits without breaking them in two - which is a really upsetting thing to have to do
2 The narrowing shape of cups stops you dunking the biscuit too far and risking total collapse - the ultimate nightmare
3 Saucers are really handy if your nice cup of tea and a sit down is even better with a cigarette. As you have to wash the saucer anyway, it saves finding an ashtray
4 If you don't smoke, you can balance your biscuits on the saucer (don't try it with chocolate ones)
5 When you break the cup, you can save the saucer, (because it might come in useful one day) until you have about 20 odd ones in the cupboard and then you have always got something to give to the jumble sale
6 Bone china cups are thin and keep the tea hot.
7 Cups can be seriously tarty in a way mugs just can't. My favourite is a 50's pearlised, swirly, peach creation with a gold rim bought for £2 in Ponty market.
8 You get noticeably less tea in a cup which means you can justify having two nice cups of tea and a sit down and two cups equal more than a mug
9 Cups and saucers often come with teapots which are wondrous things and make a cup of tea and a sit down into an occasion. (Watch this space - there will be a follow up outburst on teapots vs teabags-in-a-mug)
10 Cups and saucers get mega brownie points from your Nain (Nan to those outside Wales) and other elderly relatives when they come visiting so that they don't notice the rest of the house is like a tip
11 (Sorry, getting carried away) Quite simply, coffee comes in mugs (and also in jam jars, buckets, plastic beakers and who the hell cares anyway) NOT tea.
12 This site is clearly not called nicemugofteaandasitdown, so you could probably get done under the Trades Descriptions Act unless you provide serious air space for cup-pers as well as mug-gers
Jen from Pontypridd
|Nicey replies: Jenny,
OK, ok, I'll post your cup rant. We really don't care what people drink their tea out of just so long as they are happy.
Be careful now we know where you live we might come round and get a picture of your tarty mug on our next visit to Ponty. We make special trips there once or twice a year for sit down Faggots and Peas.
I shall now brace myself for a torent of mug-counter-rants.