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||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
Bahlsen Hit Review
|Interesting! HIT biscuits are both popular and rather easily obtainable in Tidewater Virginia - probably due to the international tastes of the many military families which populate this area. Both the vanilla and chocolate biscuit varieties are excellent with a nice cuppa, but are stellar with a nice mug of hot cocoa. Wretched excess, to be sure, but quite lovely!|
Many people leave a small amount of tea in the bottom of their mug or cup. Do you think this is appropriate behaviour?
|Nicey replies: Will,
Terrific question well done.
Only appropriate if drinking tea from a tea pot made with loose leaf tea with out a tea strainer, or possibly with a strainer but the tea is a bit ropey and finely divided. Otherwise it is simply wasteful.