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||When we were growing up we were told that breaking a Ginger Snap with the point of the elbow would bring good fortune - provided the biscuit broke into 3 equal pieces!|
|Nicey replies: Oh yes, that's been mentioned before. Are you related to Donalda Bint? She's from Scotland too.|
In a letter to the editor of a magazine I was reading yesterday, an affronted reader criticised a particular editorial position with the comment, "It really does take the chocolate Hob-Nob."
I was wondering if this is an isolated instance of such specificity, or if there is some kind of established formula for different kinds of outrage warranting the taking of certain sorts of biscuits. Taking the jammy dodger, for example, would seem an obvious choice in particularly egregious instances, whereas perhaps a situation generating merely mild irritation would take only the shortbread finger.
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
|When I was in charge of people, as a manager, rather than the contractor I am now, I instituted "Tunnocks Tuesdays", which meant that on a strict rota, staff had to bring in a Tunnocks product for the team to share. (I should add that I took well over my fair share of purchasing)|
The tea-cakes went down a storm, but the most regular purchases were the caramel wafers, so I have to lay claim to adding to the 4m sold every week.
Never got any commission from them though.
I learnt this when I was a junior muncher! I am now nearly 30!
'We just popped 'round this afternoon, Desmond Duck and me
in the hope that you have got, delicious things for tea.
It's not that we are fussy - almost anything will do,
like lots of CAKE, some BISCUITS and a CUP OF TEA OR TWO.
You see we're healthy growing chaps, we need to eat much more,
but if there's nothing going here, we'll just pop 'round next door!'
The Royal Opera House
|Nicey replies: Yay! And a big NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown Hoorah for the Royal Opera House, although I'm sure a theater would be a much sensible place to have a opera than a house.|
It's Nick Parker -- you very kindly reviewed my book on Toast a few months ago, (yr review still holds pride of place on the Toast page on Amazon, btw).
Just thought I'd add a few words in response to the review of Choco Leibniz biscuits that's on yr site. Which is that in addition to being one of the finest biscuits currently available (the product description on the back of the box gives a clue to their success: 'chocolate biscuits *set in*
chocolate' -- less a biscuit with chocolate on, more a sort of elaborate chocolate/biscuit suspension) they also win another accolade: being the only biscuit ever to be named after a philosopher*.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz to be precise. Born in Leipzig in 1646. Some book said of him: 'Leibniz was a man of medium height with a stoop, broad-shouldered but bandy-legged, as capable of thinking for several days sitting in the same chair as of travelling the roads of Europe summer and
winter. [so he even liked a sit down!] He was an indefatigable worker, a universal letter writer, a patriot and cosmopolitan, a great scientist, and one of the most powerful spirits of Western civilisation.'
All that, *and* he gave his name to a biscuit. wow.
*to my knowledge, McVitie's Caramel Nietzsches never made it past the prototype stage.
|Nicey replies: Hey Nick,
The Choco Liebniz is of course the chocolate version of the Leibniz, just as the Chocolate Digestive is the chocolate version of the Digestive, and the Petit Écolier (small school boy) is the chocolate version of Petit Beurre. Slight loss of plot by the French again. Originally, 1890 something, Bahlsen produced 'Leibniz Kaks' and then changed the name to 'Leibniz Cakes', which sound even more tempting. I'm told by Bahlsen that the Choco Leibniz enjoys a fierce brand loyalty, which would seem about right as it is an impressive use of chocolate to dress up an otherwise uneventful biscuit, much as the Lu have done with the Petit Beurre. Of course the master stroke is to make the chocolate something that can be nibbled off.