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I thought as I read your book that there was one glaring omission and that was Farley's Rusks. Having only a vague memory of eating them as a ten year old by stealing, quite literally, from my baby brother I purchased a pack.
They have a strange flavour and texture but I feel are definately biscuits that need to be included. More so than crackers.
Thanks for everything!
|Nicey replies: My friend in Primary School used to get a Farleys Rusk every day after school. He was a bit unhinged and used to bury all his toys in the garden, digging them up when he wanted to play with them. He also used to do a very good impression of his cat running fast in fluorescent lighting, which created a sort of stroboscopic effect with its legs. He could pretty well replicate this charging about on all fours on the school playing field. For this and a few other reasons, the strange taste you mention being another, I have always viewed rusks as something best left to infancy.
None the less you are right that they are an important proto-biscuit and probably deserve a proper review, which they have just avoided on a few occasions.
||Dear Nicey, |
I think tea is wonderful and can cure many ills, a subject not to be taken either lightly or here at the moment. What I would like to relate is a great mystery. We recently had a biscuit from a vending machine, I appreciate that individually wrapped biscuits may miss the target a little as a biscuit but it is worth remembering that they have a description on the wrapper, are usually of a decent size and are often well up the "nice" scale. These were I think called "Gold" made by Terry's! and resembled a long, thin club with a plain biscuit centre. They were very good but have resisted every effort to be located elsewhere. I am beginning to think we may have wandered of into a distant ethos when we found them, although the place was called Glossop and it was during August this year. Any other sighting been reported?
Yours, very nicely thank you
|Nicey replies: There is a Gold bar made by McVities but I'm sure that's already been ruled out.|
Malted Milk Review
Right here goes..at my workplace, we pride ourselves on an epic brew with at least 6 moo bics “malted milk” each.
As of late there has been a harsh decrease in stocks. Asda in all surrounding towns have sold out, the spa down the road doesn’t even do it and my local supermarket has some ridiculous caricature cow biscuits that should be made illegal in 47 states!
It’s not on and I’m having to make do with rocky robin chocolate bars which are no substitute for moo bics. We are a 20 strong team here and feel betrayed by the government.
|Nicey replies: That is indeed troubling news, as Asda are usually a sure bet for Malted Milks. The Elks Malted Milks with the irreverent portrayals of Malted Milk cows are I feel undignified. One reader of the site carefully emailed me on two occasions with pictures of the afore mentioned biscuits, which I chose to overlook due to their demeaning of the classical form.
Sainsburys are usually a good bet too for Malted Milks.
I think you really ought to know about this product.
I feel a little ambivalent about the implications of this mug. Does it take some of the spiritual/ aesthetic/ artistic dimensions out of making a cup of tea, or does it leave nothing to chance, to ensure a perfect scientific brew, precisely to specification?
|Nicey replies: I really do wish these design types would just let it be. If its not that half useless dunk mug then its something like this. They are continually trotting out these ill thought out gimmicky mugs. Even the most colour perceptively challenged can see from their own picture that the tea doesn't match any of their suggested colours. How could it when most of which seem based on Yellow Ochre.
Designers just leave it alone, look further than the office kettle for inspiration, go back to your desks and instead wonder how you can be as successful as Johnny Ive.
I was reviewing the biscuit review archive today, and I was shocked to note that there was no review for the lemon puff biscuit. Is this a terrible oversight? Can it be that lemon puffs have escaped attention? Or worse, can it be that they have been deliberately overlooked as unworthy of the attentions of any serious biscuit enthusiast? I realise that biscuits in this context are considered principally as an addendum to a nice cup of tea or coffee, and that some may consider the lemon puff to be too childish and unsophisticated a confection to be worthy of a review, but I am inclined to disagree. I must ponder this matter further....
|Nicey replies: Chris,
I'm afraid your darkest fears have been realised. We tried to review them on two separate occaisions but gave up as the latter day Lemon Puffs were so ropey that we just couldn't go through with it. They are covered in the book however, in the section on biscuits that I can't cope with along with the Pink Wafer.