my Yorkshire Mother-in-Law always used to like to serve pikelets as a savoury alternative to biscuits at tea time. Lovely. However, I've always preferred them with a bit of jam.
Do you think this is socially acceptable, or should I stick to serving them warm with a nice bit of butter?
Fresh homemade raspberry jam is my favourite.
|Nicey replies: Well we don't do Pikelets here but we do have lots of the closely related Crumpet and they get butter, occasionally jam sometimes marmalade and frequently peanut butter put on them.
||I must say I find your biscuit reviews both informative and useful, however I think you may have overlooked something about the whole nice cup of tea thing. What about the kettle? The kettle is an integral part of the whole tea experience - should one use a filter kettle, or perhaps a Britta filter jug or both, which kettle is best? Much like biscuit dunking affects the tea taste so does the quality of the kettle which boiled the water in the first place..|
Being a selfish git I bring this up as I am looking to purchase a replacement kettle for our office and being massive tea drinkers the kettle takes a hammering. Our aging Russell Hobbs filter kettle is indeed a decripit and sad sight.
Anyhoo, if you or anyone else out there in the great wide tea drinking world could recommend a filter kettle I'd be most grateful.
|Nicey replies: Oh yes a well designed kettle is a must. We have very hard water here so our kettles take a real bashing.
We had a massively noisy (Morphy Richards rapid boil I think) kettle with a base which was circular and electrical connector in the middle, which had amazing acoustic properties. It was so effective at conducting the noise from the kettle to the work surface that it sounded like a passenger jet passing over and made it really tricky for anybody on the phone in the office. However, reading the blurb it seemed like the perfect kettle for the office.
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||We at the London Ambulance Service have recently discovered your site and were amazed to find other people with the same love of biscuits that we have. After extensive research we have found that you can apply psychology to groups of the community and guess their favourite biscuit. People generally fall into 3 groups these are...|
There is also another group of philistines who always say "Jaffa Cakes" this usually results in an explanation that theJaffacake though tasty is not a biscuit but a cake. If they still continue to complain we then take actions to remove them from the Ambulance.
We have also invented an exciting new game which involves gaining biscuits from various households that we go to and then awarding points for biscuits gained, e.g. rich tea 1 point and the Garibaldi is a mighty 10 points due to its rarity with the general public. Bonus points are awarded for Mcvities branding.
Thanks for what you have done for us
W.H. Warlord and R. Mellie.
|Nicey replies: Its good to know that Ambulance service have such a well grounded and common sense approach to biscuits. I'm pleased to see that you hold the Garibaldi in such high regard.|
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||Where do you stand on the use of the word 'biccies'? I personally don't like it. It seems to be slang for slang's sake. It doesn't even truncate the length of the word. Dawn French would use the word, but I mean, it's still two syllables isn't it? So why 'biccies'? |
|Nicey replies: Simon,
You need to settle down a bit, this is not worth getting too upset over. 'Biccies' is fine in moderation, adding to the rich tapestry of our language. Obviously it would be annoying to use it all the time.