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Nicey replies: Yay Peter,

Thanks for the Lidl tip off, we have one about 20 miles away, but my Mum who lives in South Wales has one dead near by so we raid that whenever we are there.

Nicey replies: Yes British Rail tea is a bit scary isn't it? Still you'll just have to to deal with our hard hitting and gritty style of tea realism.

Sebastian Johnson-Cadwell
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Nicey replies: Woo. I really should do a teapot icon to honor such a tale.

Julia Long
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Nicey replies: Some would say so, but not us. Biscuit is derived from the French 'bis' for 'twice' and past participle of the verb 'cuir' to cook, and so means twice-cooked. This described the process by which flour could be preserved by making ships biscuits. An initial baking of a simple flour and water dough was followed by a long second drying process, hence twice cooked.

Now comes the pure speculation on my part. Presumably the same derivation led to the naming of biscuits in the southern states of the USA by French settlers where a 'biscuit' is somewhat like a British 'cobbler', a small floury baked item which is enjoyed with savoury dishes to soak up gravy. As the word biscuit had already now been used for something in the American cuisine, a new word must have been needed to describe what the rest of the world thinks of as biscuits. Many American cookies would be recognised as biscuits in the UK, however, the large diameter soft baked variety, are what we think of as Cookies.

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Nicey replies: Yes those old Cats Tongues are nice little butter biscuits aren't they. If they didn't look like cats tongues then maybe they would have been called 'petit beurre' instead. They often make appearances in desserts as they are very good for eating with mousse.