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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.
One of my colleagues has just returned from the canteen with 2 organic, fair traded, vegetarian, vegan, no wheat, no soya, no hydrogenated fat, no enzymes, lemon zest cookies from Doves Farm Organic (yes, I believe they did have to include some extra packaging to fit that list in).
The chap looked distinctly under whelmed by the experience. As I told him, frankly I'm not surprised as no matter how fairly traded palm oil is, it's never going to be as good as butter in the manufacture of biscuits. And that's without even considering the potential carbon footprint of transporting palm oil from wherever it grows to Hungerford....
Anyway, I shall stop getting upset about this, adopt an I'm alright Jack attitude as I dig into my 1.3kg box of broken biscuits procured from the cheapo-shop for £2 and get to the point....
I have been sent in the direction of the company website, on which I have discovered that biscuits, like water, carbon and rocks have a cycle. I have attached the diagram from the site for your perusal - I hope you find it as enlightening as I did!
|Nicey replies: Lovely. I'm a bit concerned that everything seems to be accumulating in the cereal bowl at the bottom. I fear we may soon be overwhelmed by 'Bio-Biz' if we leave the situation unchecked. I'm also left wondering now, where as it had never occurred to me before, if grass produces hay and wheat produces straw why don't oats produce anything? |
||Re: your JaffaJudgement|
Anthony Barber would be quite bemused if he knew that the John Knott was claiming to have brought in VAT in 1973. But then John never did have much of a grasp of facts I'm afraid. It was not until 1989 that the Jaffa Cake represented any sort of 'problem', when Customs and Excise conducted a review of their application of the rules relating to VAT on food items; the review being requested by the then government who were considering changes to the rules to discourage the consumption of food considered unhealthy.
Jaffa cakes though, just love 'em. McVities original orange, none of the other rubbish.
Some news you might find interesting. As a boy many years ago I loved the wagon wheels from Burtons.
I now live in Mexico and blow me down if I did not discover a wagon wheel in disguise!
Here they call it the Mamut or (Mammoth in English) and it is produced by a company called Gamesa!
|Nicey replies: I wonder if they ever heard of the Bandit biscuit.
Whilst in France a few weeks ago we gazed upon figures of Mammoths carved into cave walls by Cro Magnon man about 13,000 years ago.
||Hello, Nicey,Wifey and YMOS!!|
Now, I am in Seoul,South Korea with my husband.
ORION ,which is one of major companies on confectionery industry in South Korea, has manufactured a "Choco-pie"biscuit as its leading product since 1974. The "Choco-pie"is a pair of soft biscuits connected with a white chewy white marshmallow, living in a thin chocolate shell.
You can see a huge white Kanji letter written on the right side of the outer red box.. The Kanji letter reads Jon(in Korea)/Joh(in Japan). I think the word Jon/Joh could mean "love", "friendship", "mercy" and "sympathy" in English.
I hear that Korean people are generally rich in such feelings and think it important to hold the Jon/Joh in their heart. I'm sure that many Korean people are very kind. So, the maker ORION may have chosen the most ideal word for expressing what Korean people are.
Actually, as far as I know, we can see the "Choco-pie" at almost all supermarkets and convenience stores in Seoul Korea.
Hence, I never doubt of its immense popularity among Korean people. I am a big fun of the "Choco-pie" cool from the refrigerator, as I can enjoy the bounce of the marshmallow even more.
By the way, in South Korea, men are required to serve in military service for around two years before aged 30. They have to live in a military training centre during that period apart from
their family and beloved people. It will be expected that they will never enjoy meals rich in sweetness
at a luncheon room attached to the military training centre. They must be forced to have strict diet, every day.
However, there appears to be a corner shop in the centre and they seems to be able to buy the ORION " Choco-pie" there, after getting the approval of their superior officers. Service men who fortunately can get the Choco-pie under a licence will be healed their exhausted body and soul after daily fierce military discipline by the sweetness of the biscuit.
In fact, by the time they finally finish their service, most of them seem to find themselves become extravagant fans of the ORION "Choco-pie", even if some of them did NOT like it before their military service.
I guess it is impossible for us who have never experienced the "Choco-pie" in such a severe situation of military service to thank for its sweetness more than Korean service men.
Thanks for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Good work biscuit correspondent Miura. We are now better informed on possible military uses for Korean biscuits. They do seem to have borrowed heavily from the Wagon Wheel in overall concept though|