|I have 3 points to add to Ian Ashcroft's email concerning the link between the G biscuit and the 19th century Italian Patriot of the same name.|
1) This year 2007 is the bicentenary of the birth of Guiseppe Garibaldi. Not quite sure what to do about it.
2) I once heard that the first Garibaldi 'biscuit' was in fact bread soaked in horse blood (Garibaldi constantly ran out of food on his campaigns and occasionally had to bleed his horses to nourish his men) mixed with berries. Given their fondness for all things nasty, it seems highly likely that troops of flies volunteered themselves as ingredients as well.
3) 'Garibaldi' should be pronounced to rhyme with 'Renaldo' and not with loss of hair.
|Nicey replies: 1) Well the descendants of Garibaldi got in touch a while back to tell us about their project to create a website celebrating the bicentennary of Garibaldi's birth. It's very Italian but that's to be expected.
2) Ahh the joys of camping.
3) But it doesn't rhyme with Renaldo
|No doubt you are already aware of the fact that there are biscuits currently on display in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern. If not I attach a nice view of Canary Wharf. |
|Nicey replies: Yes the YMOS have been bringing all their artistic masterpieces created over the last year back to NCOTAASD HQ this week in advance of the summer holidays. I'm sure most them are up to the the obviously high standards of the Tate Modern. Although the artist here seems to have scraped some of the chocolate cream out of the Viennese fingers of the surrounding buildings, causing them to lean a bit.
Also I would like to see little post-it notes on it pointing out where Alan Sugar has his pretend office and where the Daleks fought the Cybermen.
Dip It Review
I just came across your site. I happened to be watching Richard and Judy the other day and caught the item on the Bahlsen Dip-It Biscuit.
I had to investigate this! You mention that 30 Asdas are stocking these biscuits. Well I'm based in Derbyshire and have today done an online grocery shop with Asda - so you might like to pass on that Dip-Its are available via an online shop with Asda (my nearest stores will be Sutton in Ashfield or Sheffield) - so they must be stocking them! I'll report back on how I find my packet of milk and crispies when they arrive.
|Nicey replies: Thanks Karen that's handy isn't it. Actually when Wifey did her customary hauling off of biscuits to her work the Dip Its went down a storm.|
Having recently spent some tea-breaks in Iceland I thought you might like to know about a couple of the local delicacies:
Mjolkurkex - kind of like a triple thickness rich tea biscuit but square, fine aroma on opening the packet, resists dunking well. Quite a rugged biscuit with real structural properties. Rumor has it these were invented for trawlermen. Available in regular and wholemeal.
Maria - circular thin biscuits with a chocolate coating. Remarkably dunk resistant (still firm after 20 seconds).
These are both made by Fron and they do a range of others that I haven't managed to try yet.
If you want further info on Icelandic biscuits I can put you in touch with some people who are spending several months there doing voluntary work (between biscuit breaks) who have a wider experience of the local baked goods.
|Nicey replies: That's all very stimulating. What I know of Icelandic cuisine is that they once tried to give my Uncle Richard some fish that had been buried in a hole in the ground for a few weeks. The biscuits, even a reinforced rich tea sound better.|
Japanese McVities Digestives Review
|Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
Some Mcvitie's biscuits seemed to decide to spend summer season in an ice-cold place in Japan!
The other day, I found some Mcvitie's biscuits being in an ice-cream case ay my local "Queen's Isetan" supermarket.
How wise they are!
They must see that summer in Japan is humid and hot, well. Therefore, I suppose that some Mcvitie's' determined to move into such a paradise, away from the usual biscuit shelf.
Inside the red box, you can see six ice-cream sandwich biscuits individually wrapped. If you rule that the side of "Mcvitie's stamp" is its face, you might see six pairs of biscuits taking a peaceful snooze, cooling their oven-baked biscuit backs on/under the chocolate ice.
The chocolate-flavoured ice-cream is smooth and rich. However, the Mcvitie's biscuit looks like losing their original crunchy texture of plain Digestive biscuits on/under the ice-cream.
They are soft, moist and soggy.
But it is enjoyable for me to eat such loose Mcvitie's biscuits once in a while in hot summer.
The ice-cream Mcvitie's is approximately 5.8cm in diameter.
Thank you for reading.
Hiromi Miura (Tokyo,Japan)
|Nicey replies: Hiromi,
Yet another exotic Japanese Digestive. I wonder if chocolate digestives would fair better? The layer of chocolate might help stop them going soggy?