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||I come from a welsh family (South Wales Valleys) and my mother would always say "look at the money in my cup" if she had bubbles floating on her tea. It's passed down the family and we all say it, but not in public because you get some strange looks!|
Regarding Emily's note about 'tea money' - being from South Wales (although far from being a pensioner) I had previously not heard of this theory and yet as a married lady, I now find this very thing to be a minor source of dispute at home.
My husband hails from some northern place called Manchester and has long ago introduced me to 'tea money' which is deemed very lucky indeed, even to displaying affection by giving me the cup with the most money on top. However, as I make tea in the mug (let's not go there) I therefore produce very little money yield on tea, whereas my husband (a pot man) is always has a good crop. I therefore remain accused of not demonstrating the same affection - although I am heartened as my tea is better he tells me!
As for my Welsh granny, she used to read our tea leaves whilst we munched on our M&S tea cakes, but that's another story.
|The Sugary Topped Bloomers
Fox's Butter Crinkle Crunch Review
|Our small team of rather under-challenged colleagues spent just over half an hour gathered around a computer lapping up the delights of your website. Thanks for making our coffee break (value tin of Nescafe) so enjoyable.We thought it only right to review the small packet of Foxes Butter Crinkle Crunch we devoured within around 30 seconds:|
KP - the yellow package is too bright & cheerful for a work biscuit, but actually when you bite into them they are quite gratifyingly rich... AND although they're very crunchy they have a melt in the mouth quality. Mmmmmmm - good dunkers. 7/10
RT - package highlights a midrange biscuit, however you are pleasantly surprised with the high standard contents. They are light in colour and taste with delicious buttery aroma. They do not come across as greasy. They work as dunkers - great retention of crunch. They are the Ronseal of the biscuit world - they do exactly what it says on the pack. I would repurchase. 8/10
SP - declined the offer of an FBCC. 0/10
SC - packing is bright & welcoming. Makes me feel I want a biscuit. The taste experience itself - exactly what's expected. 10/10 but I wouldn't buy them!
AH - I did expect them to look like crinkle-cut chips. It was saddening to see a rather regular biscuit within. I am a total sucker for Butter biscuits however - give me another!! 6/10 ( would rather have some Highland Shortcake)
Overall rating 6.2/10, but not bad considering the selection on offer at the local Newsagents (the type of vendors that sell 'Grandson' birthday cards with pictures of trains and boats on).
The Sugary Topped Bloomers
|Nicey replies: Yay, for informal biscuit reviewing circles. Perhaps, it might catch on as a social phenomena, like Karaoke. Amateur biscuit reviewers, up and down the country might dream of appearing in prime time TV shows like 'Biscuits in their packets'.|
Re: cupholders in cars. Please tell Sheridan Williams that FORD cars (I only have experience of Fiestas) have cupholders on the inside of the glove compartment. Just pull down the door like an airline laptray, and Bob's your uncle. (This is only a problem (a) if you have a passenger and (b) the airbag deploys, sending hot tea all over said passenger.) Alternatively, you can buy natty plastic cupholders which slide into the driver's door, between the window and the rubber trim. The best mug for in-car Nice Cups of Tea is the clever sort available from places like Costa Coffee which are insulated, and have a secure lid through which you can suck your tea. I live in an area with lots of traffic-calming bumps, and tea-drinking can be quite hazardous without a lid!
Do thank The Wife for the "Hell's Grannies Estate Agents" tip-off! MAKE TEA - NOT LOVE!
All best wishes,
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
I first became aware of Tim Tams because of the ramblings of Phill Jupitus, the presenter of the breakfast show on BBC 6 Music (a newish "digital" service you need a special radio or digital satellite to receive although it is well worth the effort). Then in the recent media blitz about nicecupofteaandasitdown came along I paid a visit to find that you were featuring them as well.
So, when I heard Tesco now has some and went and bought some. I now find myself in the position of a man desperate to warn my fellow countryman about the big difference between Tim Tams and Penguins, which is the way they are packed. This will leave aside a discussion of which is the superior biscuit because I love them both.
The problem with Tim Tams as sold here in the UK is that they come in a tray in a packet. One big packet. Once opened, there is only your will power in the way of eleven delightful, crunchy chocolaty fragments of ambrosia. With Penguins you see, you have that second or two of pause before you can eat the next because each is individually wrapped. I drink my Yorkshire Tea from
a pint mug and this means I can easily eat a whole packet of Tim Tams before I know what has happened. My diet has failed.
I now have the Tim Tam monkey on my back. People should be warned!
City of PRESTON, England
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