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my colleagues and i are relative newcomers to biscuit classification, and your website has given us a real fast track into a wide and inclusive world.
we feel however, that your website (full, accurate and beautifully illustrated though it is) lacks an important technical angle. to fully appreciate any biscuit's place in our shared tea time heritage, it would be advantageous to know WHEN a particular biscuit was first marketed. for example, it is obvious that the abbey crunch predates the hobnob, but by how much? and where does the lyons fruit snap jack fit in, chronologically?
if you don't feel the need to date biscuits, who might help? i note with dismay that mcvities do not carry a website address on the side of their packs (at least not the lincolns i've got with me at present).
cheers for now,
|Nicey replies: Thank you for your concern on this matter. We do endeavor to give chronological information when it is approximately known by by us or explicitly stated by the manufacturer. What manufacturers are slowly waking up to via the pioneering work of NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown down is that people actually are interested in this guff.
We are starting to work a little closer with some of the big manufacturers so hopefully the information we provide will be even more interesting in future.
My recent Quest to find a packet of Tesco's Strawberry Cheesecake flavour Dessert Creams has been accomplished in the most unlikely of locations : Sainsburys.
A foraging session revealed a packet of Sainsburys own brand Dessert Creams in Strawberry Cheesecake variety (pictured), and was met with considerable rejoicing and some bafflement. The pack is essentially identical, containing eight Dessert Creams held in place with a plastic tray, and the design also seems identical to Tesco's, except for the omission of the raised swirl device on each shortcake biscuit. These also seem a trifle harder than Tesco's, although more scientific testing will have to be designed, as the Tesco biscuits have been in the jar over the long weekend.
However, our excitement at the completion of the Quest was overtaken by the immediate discovery of another species of Dessert Cream, nestling right next to Strawberry Cheesecake : Caramel Pecan Cheesecake. I'm going to admit that I haven't even dared open the packet yet, preferring to merely stare at it in awe, but it's possible these biscuits represent the pinnacle of Dessert Cream design, and; quite possibly; the supreme accomplishment of the whole of human history.
Even so, just when I thought a trip to Sainsburys couldn't possibly get more exciting, the wife called my attention to the shelf labelling where a "3 for 2" promotion made me aware of the existence of yet another class of Dessert Cream : Apple and Sultana Cheesecake. My eyes flitted immediately to the shelf but, alas, these Dessert Creams have clearly so far eluded capture, for none were present. Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth.
So in total we're up two new varieties of Dessert Cream with a fifth as yet unaccounted for. Two are exclusive to Tesco's and two are exclusive to Sainsbury's with one neutral variety available in both. Hopefully nicecupofteaandasitdown.com readers will be scrutinizing the shelves of all major supermarkets for these errant consumables and will report back shortly.
i am sure that you have been asked this question a million times, however it is a question that is driving me mad, one that i have been challenged to find the answer to (and i can never turn down a challenge) and one that, try as i may, i cannot find the answer to!
WHY DO DIGESTIVES/RICH TEA BISCUITS (and many other biscuits for that matter!) HAVE HOLES IN?
enlighten me please!
|Nicey replies: Sophie,
I think its to let the steam escape as they are baked, to ensure that the biscuit stays crisp with no damp patches underneath.
But thats a guess.
I am in love. Unfortunately, the man I am in love with does not know, and I am uncertain as to his feelings for me. Don't worry, this is not an agony aunt letter :) I write simply to ask how I might "seduce" him using the medium of biscuits. You are a man (aren't you?) therefore you should know
what would work with you. He is a big biscuit fan - actually he'll eat just about anything - even rich teas! His favourite biscuit is actually a double chocolate chip cookie - one of the Somerfield variety. Any help would be greatly appreciated,
Biscuit lover in love.
|Nicey replies: Well, without knowing the chap involved its a bit tricky. However there are basically two fronts on which to approach this. One, let him see you have hidden depths by producing a a stunningly appropriate biscuit. Now don't automatically play the chocolate card, a well placed Malted Milk or Digestive could do the trick. But if push comes to shove a chocolate HobNob milk or plain is appropriate in an adult setting. Two, timing is everything. No not two-timing. Yet again a Malted Milk and a nice cup of tea at just the right moment is worth a whole packet of chocolate biscuits and an indifferent cup of tea. I'll have to leave that bit up to your feminine intuition.
Alternately you could just see if wants to go out on the lash with you. We men are terribly unperceptive you know.
|Nicey, Oreos are scrummy -- especially, as one person commented, with a big glass of milk. (Then again, I've got strong childhood associations with them, so perhaps I'm biased.) When I moved to the UK six years ago, I could only find Oreos at specialty importer shops in London (and also in Amsterdam). A few years ago, they started showing up in Sainsburys, and now they're in my local cornershop. Rejoice! The comments approving of Oreo milkshakes and Oreo McFlurries are spot-on; for a lovely dessert, crush a bunch of Oreos and fold into a combination of whipped cream and Devon custard. No, this isn't health food, but everything in moderation, right? For what it's worth, the eating instructions are less instructions and more marketing thing; in the US, much is made of the "proper" way to eat an Oreo -- same with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. You're quite correct, though, that the Oreos packaged in quantities of four do not constitute the typical American's idea of a single Oreo serving. When I reported to my best friend (a stunning, slim female) back in the US of this phenomenon of four packets of four Oreos per box, she replied in horror: "Sixteen Oreos in a box? I eat more than that in one sitting!" Indeed, Oreos in the US come in packaging consisting of four corrugated cardboard "sleeves," with each sleeve holding a row of about twenty or so Oreos. My friend and I agreed that one sleeve of Oreos seemed the proper quantity for consumption in one sitting, especially if you've been chucked.|
I can't believe I had so much to say about Oreos. For shame.