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|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!
||Cool site. My ex-boyfriend had VERY specific tea making requirements. Milk in cup, but no sugar YET. Hold teabag against rim of cup and pour water over (trying not to burn fingers). Leave few minutes. take out bag, add sugar. I bung bag in cup, pour water, leave, bag out, milk and sugar in....and whenever I made it like that, he KNEW. How?!|
Does it taste different when made different ways? And I like the biscuits with the cows on them. Moo Moo biscuits I called them. :-)
I read your response to Lottie's question about sponge fingers... interesting response.
I am now curious to know your position on rusks, namely Farley's.
Perhaps you are already aware of the recent "will they" or "won't they" news furore about renaming the product upon which many of us, quite literally, cut our teeth....
There is also a school of thought that would like to see an end to sugary childrens biscuits altogether
So, what are rusks... biscuits or stale cakes? On which side of this biscuity fence do you stand (or sit)?
|Nicey replies: Yay Micheal,
Its a training biscuit isn't it. The moisture content would have us say its a biscuit. As rusks and their use with the young, our younger members of staff quickly rejected rusks in favour of the full on adult variety of biscuits such as a shortcake finger. Given the amount of sugar in a rusk there is probably little to choose between them. Of course good dental hygiene is of the utmost importance, as is a balanced diet.
As for changing the name name I think that will quickly see off the product line as the brand disappears. maybe thats what they are after? Who knows.