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I've been enjoying the biscuit related information on your site and have been particularly impressed by the informative 'taxonomy of biscuits'. However, I have a query that has been worrying me since a visit to Memphis a few years back regarding their definition of a 'biscuit'. I visited a restaurant and found a rather tasty dish on the menu of 'Barbecue Spare Ribs served with biscuits'. I thought the dish sounded a rather unusual combination but being a biscuit fan I decided to order.
Imagine my surprise when I was served barbecue ribs with some small round scone-like savoury rolls!! Are you able to shed any light on the American definition of a biscuit? I realise this may be a rather unsavoury subject but I feel that it should be clarified to prevent more people falling into
this savoury 'biscuit' trap
|Nicey replies: I've tried to block out that whole biscuit and gravy thing the've got going on over there in the confederate states, it perturbs me on so many levels.|
Just came back from the newsagents with a biscuit based snack you may not have come across before...
It's called teh Penguin Flipper Dipper and it's basically chocolate biscuits you dip into a milk and white chocolate spread dip. It's a sort of hybrid between Muller's crunch corner and those Dairylea dipper things.
The biscuits are the biscuity bit from a Penguin bar (leftovers?) and are very dry without the dip, although they leave a nice cocoa-y aftertaset in the mouth, but after you've dipped them the snack comes alive, with the combination of biscuit and dip creating a nice crunchy, chocolately but unmistakeably biscuity taste and texture.
They appear to be aimed at the younger generation of biscuit eaters (there's a picture of a penguin playing Twister on the peel-off cover to the bright red tub), but they're something a little bit different to try during your tea break....
I remain your biscuity servant,
|Nicey replies: Very good. Flippers have been out for quite a while now, but I don't think there is that much awareness of them. We haven't actually tried them ourselves, but we have been checking out Penguin Splatz this week and we've been quietly impressed.|
||I had a friend of mine from Oz send me some Tim Tams in a variety of flavors, and now I'm addicted. Unfortunatly I have been unable to find anywhere to purchase these delectable bisquits anywhere.|
My Aussie friend is sending me somemore, however it is a lot of work and I eat them very quickly. Especially when I have a hot cup of Vanilla Chai, to "Slam" them in.
How do I get a Tim Tam invasion here in the US?
|Nicey replies: Sorry no idea, as you can see they have only just become available in the UK. Arnotts do ship boxes of them anywhere in the world from their webstore to satisfy the homesick Aussies abroad. Its a bit pricey but it can be done.|
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Highly esteemed Mr Nicey,|
Celts, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Norsemen, Normans... and now Tim Tams. Oh, what an invaded isle it is! But be consoled that this is not an invasion, not even an occupation. It is to rid the land of biscuits of mass destruction.
But don't tell anybody that Arnotts is owned by an *m*r*c*n company. Looting could break out.
I remain, ever your humble.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|JUST READ THAT THE WONDERFUL T-TAMS ARE NOW HITTING THE U.K SHORES! I'M SURE ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BIN AND WORKED AND PLAYED AMUNGT OUR SKIPPY COUSINS WILL BE JUMPING WITH JOY AT THIS WONDERFUL NEWS! I CAN'T WAIT TO GET SLAMMIN WHOLE PACKETS AGAIN AND THEN BEGIN BLEATING ON ABOUT V.B V'S TOOHEY'S NEW ETC ETC... JUST LIKE GOOD OLD TIMES..|
please excuse bold font and caps, I am just trying to put my excitement accross!
YYYEEEHHHHAAAAHHHH- LET THE T-TAM SLAMMIN BEGIN
All the best,
some sad bloke called Matt, who gets far to excited over the little thigns in life...
(love the sight, always a good debating topic in this office)