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|Hello my dearest Nicey & TW|
Hearty congratulations on your recent "moving experience".
The current NCCTAASD survey intrigued me as though both Tea and Coffee stayed on the menu throughout four pregnancies, Sugar was permanently ditched at the onset of the first after religiously taking two teaspoons per cup since childhood.
This left a substantial calorific vacuum in my diet to be filled with an extra dip into the biscuit barrel, which was my ragged excuse for taking liberties with the family Hob-nob & Abbey Crunch quota ...hurrah for "eating for two" :-)
all the best, as ever
||Dear Nicey, Wife and co.,|
Although your attitude to our national beverage seems very sound in general, I'm somewhat offended that you choose to represent it with a picture of the kind of cup of tea you get on trains. I appreciate that personal preferences differ, but surely these are without a doubt the least satisfactory cups of tea the average person ever has to endure? To my mind this is for three main reasons:
1. There's no control over the tea-making process - you'll get it how it comes, and if it's stewed by the time you get it back to your seat, there's little you can do about it with your one little pot of milk-substitute
2. The equipment provided is inadequate - plastic cups are no way to serve a brew, and there's rarely a good place to put the tea-bag
3. The motion of the train is more than likely to make the hot tea slop all over your face as you sip, scalding your lips and perhaps even staining your shirt front.
How about presenting a positive image of tea to the world, with a picture of a perfect cup of tea in a large mug (white on the inside for preference - don't know why but research shows this makes tea look more appealing)?
Thanks for reading my one quibble with your otherwise fabulous site,
|Nicey replies: Kirsty,
Yes indeed it is a cup of tea on a train. I choose that picture, because its iconoclastic, which I thought was nice.
My wife is currently pregnant with our first child. Its all going swimmingly for her apart from one thing - she's gone off tea. There are no strange cravings for marmite on pink wafers or such like but she cannot stomach a cup of tea. A quick survey of friends and family who have had children quickly uncovered that several other ladies, when pregnant, went off tea. Is there a physiological explanation why normally sane women act in such a way when with child? Is this condition as common as my straw poll indicated?
Thankfully, she still likes her biscuits though.
Newcastle upon Tyne
|Nicey replies: As I recall Wifey kept drinking tea by the bucket load when she was pregnant so no special insights there. She did get a craving for Spinach which we used to grow. However on this occasion the only Spinach around was one gnarly and fibrous plant that had set itself from some compost under a Hollyhock in the front garden. I was required to venture out the front door, dig it up boil it and present it to her on toast.
Perhaps we should have a poll, that would be excellently pseudoscientific.
Love the site.
Got an observation for you, wondered if it's been noticed before, or is worthy of further investigation: I've noticed for a while that eating things with tea affects the flavour (and therefore enjoyment) of the tea. Cake and biscuits are an enhancement, obviously, while cranberry juice isn't. But what of the humble fried egg sandwich?
We do our fried eggs in olive oil, add a little bit of salt, and lace them with black pepper and ketchup (brands vary). White bread is used, naturally.
Eating one of these slightly before or during tea consumption gives tea a new dimension in flavour, one unmatched by any other comestible I've encountered. Have you noticed this?
|Nicey replies: The Wife usually initiates the fried egg sandwich action here, and we always wash them down with lashings of tea. I haven't noticed any changes in flavour though, maybe because we fry ours in a knob of butter.|
I flew Easyjet the other day. That airline with a seating free-for-all policy and no free food or drink. Nice and cheap though. I always make sure i'm fully stocked up on tea and biscuits before these flights as the onboard prices for such items are sky high (excuse the pun). I forgot on this last occasion however, and being gagging for a cuppa at 30000 feet is no joke, so I succombed and purchased a cup. Expecting the worst, I was very pleasantly surprised. PG Tips no less. It beat any tea i've had on other airlines. Well done Easyjet. Does anyone else have any mile high tea experiences?
PS. The main reason i'm trying to start a discussion on this is to make you do a nice aeroplane icon.
|Nicey replies: Ahh, I'm reaching for the non-existant airplane icon now.. ..there is that hole at the end of the icons as well. If I get a few more tea on planes mails that should clinch it.|