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Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|As a Pom living in sunny Perth in WA, I was very interested to see your article about Tim Tams being launched in the UK. Here in Oz, we are surrounded by Arnotts biccies. In fact the supermarkets sell extremely limited ranges of any other brand. It's a bit like the old Ford car really. You can have any sort of biscuit as long as it is made by Arnotts and is preferably a Tim Tam !! As most expat Brits will tell you, English chocolate is infinitely superior to the Australian attempt at this wonderful concoction so this will no doubt tell you what we think of the majority of Tim Tam biscuits. However, they do have some nice ideas about flavours - the chewy caramel being one of my husband's favourites. Also my 9 year old daughter loves the choc coated tiny teddies. Me-? I would love a real Highland shortbread biscuit. Arnotts just can't seem to get the recipe right. Also Sainsburys used to do a wonderful choc chip shortbread round. There is nothing to compare to that here at all.|
I found out about your site from this weeks edition of the UK Mail published here every Tuesday and I will definitely be making regular visits.
What is it with Kimberley Biscuits. All our Irish friends here put them at the top of the shopping list for anyone visiting the Emerald Isle. In fact, one dare not return to the bosom of you friends here unless armed with copious packets from your suitcase. One of these days I may get to try one as they are jealously guarded and rarely shared with anyone else!
|Nicey replies: Well to us in the UK the Tim Tam is an exotic treat. As for the Kimberley thats all very standard stuff with the Irish, they love them, where as the rest of the world is generally left wondering what the fuss is about.|
|I think it should just be pointed out that the Oreo "biscuit" is a classic example of how the Americans have absolutely no concept of what a biscuit should be. They should leave the people who know what they're doing to it and concentrate on things that they can do, like eating the lovely biscuits that us British make, like Rich Tea biscuits for example.|
Hannah Mills (Biscuit fan)
|I am an American. I'm also Canadian (and your review of Maple Cookies omitted the fact they're intolerably sweet - and it takes 40 gallons of maple sap to make a gallon of syrup, not 75). I thought I should get my North American roots out of the way first just so that you understand where I'm coming from, literally and figuratively.|
I'm also a writer and as such I spend a huge amount of time researching "stuff" (what a great word for someone with a Master's in English, huh?) which is rather heavy. So it was a delight to find your web page which is relaxing and fun to read.
However, I have to give you another slant on the Oreo cookies you so unmercifully trashed. One aspect of them you have completely neglected is the cookie's place in a transposed North American's psyche. When I miss the States and Canada, a trip to Sainsbury's helps a lot, when I can stand in front of the Oreo cookie boxes and remember so many things from "across the pond" dear to me. Time was I had to bring North American "stuff" (there's that word again) back to England where I have lived for 20 years. Now that I can buy Oreo cookies here, my suitcases are considerably lighter which British Airways probably appreciates no end.
And as far as instructions on how to eat Oreos go, that is the fun part of eating them. Spend time taking the cookie apart, peeling off the vanilla with your teeth (though double vanilla ones are a bit too sweet), then crunching the cookie halves when they still have a hint of sweet filling on them, and you spend a lot less time eating more and more cookies. No, I'm far from fat, believe me. But once in a while, a cookie treat of Oreos is delightful, and a reminder of home. I for one am really, really, really pleased Oreos have come to England.
|Gordon J. Lowe
||Hi Tea 'n' biccy lovers,|
I was wondering what people thought about some tea bags my mum acquired called "Rocket Fuel". They are regular square bags but fortified with taurine (along with the usual caffeine). The idea, obviously, to get you on the go in the morning a lot efficiently than regular tea.
I found a brew with these bags was too weak (two bags allowed some flavour). I did seem to gain added vigour, but that could have been a "placebo effect".
There was a free sachet of "Rocket Fuel" coffee, which was very nice.
Any views about this product?
PS: favourite biscuit for dunking: Fox's Classic (Fox's ARE the biscuit kings!)
|Nicey replies: They have to put taurine in cat food or else cats go all wrong, that's why you shouldn't give them dog food as they will start to mis-function. So it must be vital ingredient in cats, a bit like tea is in normal human beings. Not sure I would be drawn to the stuff sounds like they are using grotty tea to make them.|
|Salty sea dogs
Ginger Nut Review
|We were sailing a small yacht from Falmouth to La Coruna in northern spain, with a crew of myself, my wife and a friend Ian, who being a northerner arrived complete with pint mug for his "propper cuppa", of which he had at least 8 a day.|
The problems with small yachts is that drinking water is limited and finite, our total capacity was 25 gallons, of which Ian got through 8 gallons in tea making alone, during the five day trip.
Arriving at 6.00 am in Spain, having crossed the awsome bay of Biscay, did we celebrate with Champagne? No fear, tea and ginger biscuits!