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||Back in the days when i was a small girl tea came loose in quarter pound packets and not in little bags. Sometimes a rolled tea-leaf would float to the surface in the cup and bob about like a small twig.The person whose cup is was would take a tea-spoon and fish out the tea-leaf.Place it on the top of a chenched fist and hit it smartly with the other fist, also rolled. Chanting "Monday - pause- "Tuesday" -pause and so on until the tea-leaf fell off. The floating leaf meant a letter was on its way and the rest of the ritual was to announce on which day it would arrive.The underlying message was that the promised letter meant goods news or money and never merely the gas bill.|
||Chris Capon talked about "She also refuses to drink the last few sips of tea insisting she's finished|
when there is still some left in the bottom of the cup." and many others spoke of family customs relating to tea
Well, my mother-out-law (yes, the mother of my unmarried partner) coined a word for the unpleasant sensation of drinking the last dregs of a cuppa only to find that the strainer hasn't done its job.
The day this happened, she drank down the dregs and immediately made a pinched face and said "nimnimnimnim" So for ever after, the dregs in the bottom of a cuppa are nim-nims.
Anyone else have local or family words associated with a nice cup of tea (or even an unpleasant one - don't get me started on UHT milk...)
I came across your site about a month and a half ago and found it quite interesting and amusing. You see, I’m American and we usually don’t make such a fuss over cookies, biscuits or what-have-you. Well, I was shopping the other day and came across a box of HobNobs and put it in my cart. A little further down the isle was a box that said ‘Original Chocolate Digestives’ It wasn’t McVities but a Spanish label, anyway, into the cart it went (must have been the Spanish manufacturer since the biscuits were stamped “McVities”). Suffice it to say that I now understand exactly what you are talking about. These were by far the best biscuits I have ever eaten (I’ll call them biscuits even though I know better). I thought that I would get some oatmeal type dry biscuit that would have to be drowned in coffee or milk to enjoy, but quite the contrary they are absolutely delicious dry out of the box. Kudos to you and your website for turning me on to a new taste sensation and a newfound respect for British baking prowess.
|Nicey replies: United Biscuits have a acquired a lot of Spanish bakeries in the last few years which explains why Digestives are now turning up in Spain. McVities Chocolate Digestives are the biggest selling biscuit in the UK so its probably a good plan to try and get the rest the world eating them. Who knows one day they might even catch up with Oreo.
Maybe someday we'll even see reciprocal 'biscuit cruises' from the continent to balance out our 'booze cruises' to it. Probably not.
While I was working in a pub I was honoured enough to receive a lurid orange 'World's Sexiest Woman' mug from one of my customers (although I'm not, but it's nice to think I am when I'm drinking tea). You can only imagine the problems it caused. It seemed to be a honey trap for all the female employees, and I was incensed to see them fighting over MY mug - MINE, dammit! After things had calmed down, the atmosphere became rather frosty and I decided to take my mug home so I could drink from it in safety and comfort.
Strange, it isn't even a nice mug. I'd prefer if it was white inside so I can see exactly how strong my tea is. But it's the first mug i've had that hasn't come with an Easter Egg, and that's something that has to be defended at all costs.
On the teaspoon issue... I used to have tea round my Mum's and catch her using some of the skankiest, most vile and mucky teaspoons ever. Eww.
||When I was an engineering student in the early nineties, I lived on the twelfth floor of a block of flats. Often, after lectures, my friend Neal would often drop by to discuss studies..... or, perhaps more honestly, to partake of a nice cup of tea and whatever I had in the cupboard (biscuits were too expensive in those days). Following the brewing stage, we got into the habit of dropping our teabags out of the window for entertainment, preferably when other students were coming out of the rear entrance. However, I was most disappointed with the impact of standard square teabags|
and, with my aerodynamic knowledge to hand, decided to try out round teabags - a relatively new design concept at the time.
My hypothesis was correct; the round teabags made for a much more satisfactory splatter on both glass and concrete! Although I never conducted proper experiments, my theory was that the higher mass to surface area ratio, and more streamlined shape, made for an improved drag
coefficient, resulting in better acceleration and a higher terminal velocity (although an improvement in directional stability could also have been a factor).
My question therefore is: What importance do teabag manufacturers place on the flying characteristics of their designs - indeed was this the reason for patenting the round teabag in the first place? Since I now live in a conventional house, my post-brew bombing opportunities are limited, nevertheless I would be very interested if anyone has any official data on the subject, or perhaps has even conducted their own tests. If not, this area has much research potential as there is evidently a market niche worth exploiting.