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||When at home I've been using very large tea cups, you know the really big wide ones, for years, and I think the tea in said cups cools at just the right pace for sustained tea enjoyment. Infact when I visit my parents or other old people and am offered tea in traditional "tea cups" I sometimes|
defer. (I do note that some older tea cups do have a splayed flange or rim which I believe was an early attempt at what modern day big tea cups are so good at.) I have also noticed that tea served on trains (Great Western/Penzance line)in those tall ribbed plastic cups stand NOT A CHANCE
at proper heat dispersal. (Hot enough to blister your lips for a frustrating 15 minutes then stone cold all of a sudden. Well within 5 minutes anyway.) I might add that Great Western sell a bloody good 4 pack of Fruit Shrewsbury biscuits however, even they're a little delicate for dunking.
The Germans are bloody good at biscuits aren't they.
|Nicey replies: Yes we are hearing good things about the Fruit Shrewsburys on trains.
As for the Germans I find them a bit fixated on Ginger and Spice in their biscuits which is fine just a bit samey. Still I've only been there once so what do I know.
||My Fiancee has some older friends who we visit from time to time and who partcularly enjoy tea, and sitting down. Last time we were there, we had some large, marshmallow-shaped and sized ginger biscuits. They were odd, being quite uncrunchy. Chocolate was also present in the experience, but not wholly covering the biscuit. I wonder if you know what type of biscuit these are?|
|Nicey replies: They sound German to me. This is exactly the sort of thing you can get from Lidl's or Aldi supermarkets in the UK, who I think are German owned.|
||Just to let you know that cookie comes from the Dutch 'koekje' which means biscuit. The Dutch originally colonised America (New York used to be called New Amsterdam, remember?)|
PS Love the website!
||sponge fingers - friend or foe?|
- Biscuit or cake?
- To be used in trifles or not?
The word sponge implies cake yet I know that these fingers have a distinct crunch about them aswell as adding the word fingers to the title and so implying a minor snake like bisciut inspired munch then a rich, filling meal in itself cake.
So Nicey I ask you to share your knowledge (failing that your opinion) as to wot these 'fingers' REALLY are?...
Lottie. Avid bisciut eater yet worried at the increasing rate of popularity for herbal teas!!
|Nicey replies: Simple Lottie they are little stale cakes. They may be eaten in emergencies or used in trifles as you point out, although I favour the dedicated trifle sponge in this regard. The packs always suggest loads of other uses for them but then they would. I expect they would be good for making small edible log cabins.
Don't worry about the Herbal tea thing, they all be back for proper tea once the novelty wears off.
|Graham A. Clay
A newcomer to the site (saw it on the Beeb site), but impressed - especially by the Fig Roll review...my favourites!
Anna's experience with the unwashed Bovril-drinker mug reminded me of a practical joke we played on a colleague some years ago now.
Like the unnamed Bovril-drinker, he was well known in the department for NEVER washing out his mug, despite protestations, letters to the HSE etc. So, one year when he went on summer holiday, we bought a packet of cress, put a nice bit of damp cotton wool in the bottom of the mugs...and let nature take it course - just to make a humorous point, like.
The problem was, we weren't sure of the germination period of cress, so we did it pretty much as soon as he'd gone on leave. This meant that, by the time he came back a fortnight later, the cress had not only grown, but died and begun to compost.. :-P
To those who may be wondering, he DID continue to use the mug, but at least we got him to clean it at least once!!
Graham A. Clay