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Spiffing site and all - best read on the web actually old boy, but we at the TCF (South West branch) feel there are some important, fundamental elements of the tea and biccie way of life being ousted unjustly.
Dunking - not just a preference, a way of life! Dunking forms the backbone of tea and biscuit consumption, providing a sloppy essential quick meal for thousands of members of the TCF for many years. NCOTAASD should be promoting the cause, so there. Nya!
It has come to the attention of the TCF (South West branch) that certain supermarkets have been unscrupiously sabotaging several biccie types in their 'value packs'. Biccies falling to this heinous crime include the custard cream and bourbon, both mutating into small, sad creations and are an insult to the glory of these workhorses of the biscuit kingdom. Oust these imposters! Act now! Boycott value packs and cheapie own brand biscuits! Instigate a full investigation a la Fig Fest of this un-nice cup of tea and a sit down behaviour! Call in MacIntyre & Cook, get the boys on
the job of reporting!
Finally, we at the TCF (South West branch) would like to point out that certain in-depth reports on NCOTAASD have confused snacks as biscuits; Penguins being the obvious interloper. Additionally, we at TCF (South West branch) would like to state our support for Jaffa Cakes being classified,
quite rightly, as a buscuit despite it's composition. It is obviously a luxury biscuit, and a bourgeois one at that, but it still takes precedence over Pengiuns in biscuit barrel roll call any day. Penguins are found in snack machines, Jaffa Cakes are not - end of story. Incidentally, there are those 6 bar things which appear in snack machines - please investigate the situation and report in the near future.
Also, make a note in your diary for discussion on Christmas biscuit tins; topics could include variety, weight, ratio of choccie, foil wrapped and generall naff biscuits, etc.
Now the Science Bit
Professor spills secret of the dripping teapot
A groovy kind of pot
Brits take the biscuit
No more flunking on dunking
Why dunking your biscuit makes scents
TCF (South West branch) supports the Rich Tea Appreciation Movement
|Nicey replies: Thanks for the long and quite bolshy email. Hoorah! for the TCF.
Out of spec Bourbons and Custard creams always cause anxiety amongst the populace at large. However, they do help us appreciate perfection perfect proportion when we encounter that by means of counterpoint.
Christmas Tins, yes, good point.
Oh and thanks for reading all the BBC site for us it saved us the trouble.
Mugs. How important are they? There's no shortage of people who seem to consider them to be an extension of their personality or indeed sentient beings unto themselves. In fact I have lived in share houses where appropriation of another's tea or coffee vessel is considered worse than incitement to infidelity with one's life partner. Imagine Robert DeNiro now demanding "did you use my mug?" a la Raging Bull. But is it delusionary behavior to invest so many qualities in a peice of pottery? Probably.
Anyway, I love mine. He's quite large and sturdy, not unlike a medieval tankard in shape, though with a fine lip. If there was such a thing, he might be tea world's equivalent of a pint. A rich dark blue he is with concentric circular patternage.
I call him Muggy.
|Nicey replies: Muggy sounds lovely.|
Ginger Nut Review
I've just read your review of Gingernuts and you forgot to mention one thing. They can sop up more of a nice warm cup of tea than just about anything else (except maybe a mop..... or sponge).
I once managed to "drink" more than half a cup of tea purely by using the soaking capacity of Gingernuts.
In my opioion, they are the pinnicle of dunking perfection.
Keep up the good work
I am neither ginger, or a nut.
Tunnocks Wafer Review
I have been eating Tunnocks Milk Chocolate Caramel Wafers at the rate of around 5 a week for the last 16 years. When I first started buying them at university they 'only' sold 2 million every week and I have taken great pleasure seeing the total grow over the years and feel proud to have done my bit.
Now I'm grown up with kids of my own and in our house Tunnocks Caramel Wafers are known as Daddy Biscuits. I like nothing better when I get home from work than sitting down with a nice cup of tea and a Tunnocks Caramel Wafer (as long as the kids haven't scoffed the lot first!)
I just want to thank you personally for reinstating the biscuit into my diet. For a long time I had been enjoying my cups of tea unaccompanied! (I know, can you imagine?) I heard about your lovely site on the lovely radio 4 and have since become a huge fan. To think, I had never even noticed the absence of biscuits until I began reading your reviews and realised that a huge chunk of pleasure has been missing from my life. You have made my nice cups of tea and sit downs complete.
|Nicey replies: Will you still thank me when none of your clothes fit?|