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||hi nicey, my name's joe meredith|
right now i'm a first year at wadham college, oxford, and recently a few good friends of mine have formed a new society: the tea society. we meet on sundays at half past four, where we all have a cup of tea and whatever cakes and biscuits anyone brings along. it's open to allcomers, and we even made some nice posters to put up. we're aiming to bring a bit of calm to the often stuffy-and-uptight world of oxford uni, through the power of a cuppa.
we'd just like to say that it's a very lovely site you have. keep up the great work.
|Nicey replies: Well done, but you need to meet on a daily basis about 2 or 3 times at least.
I was having a browse through your splendid site when I came across the discussion of "sop". This reminded me of an intriguing use/abuse of tea that I came across while living in Hull a few years ago.
It would seem that it was the habit of several of my colleagues to indulge in a great big fry up of a Sunday morning, with black pudding and fried bread - the works. They would then pour a strong cup of tea over their fry-up to act as gravy - mopping it up with peices of bread.
I have been both fascinated and horrified by this tradition, and cannot quite bring myself to try it out for myself. Can any of your readers shed any light on the origins of this vile sabbath habit?
Keep up the good work!
|Nicey replies: I thought the old dear soaking her Cream Crackers was bad enough. This is rapidly getting out of hand.
||Having read your tea section on your fabulous website i felt compelled to reveal some nasty tea habits by members of my famlily.|
My mother-in-law-to-be makes a nice(?) cup of tea by first pouring milk in the cup, then adding sugar, finally, in goes the tea-bag to all be topped off with the boiling water. How possibly can her tea brew?
My chilean/italian aunty uses boiled milk in her tea.
My granny has a breakfast of a bowl of tea into which she adds broken-up jacobs cream crackers. The result as you can guess is highly sloppy, messy and surprisingly smelly!
Many thanks for making my lunchtime internet browsing sessions more fun.
|Nicey replies: Good grief!|
Great site- good fun to read!
My Canadian (and now ex) girlfriend accused tea drinkers of being rather camp. Of course – I took offence to this. It seems our overseas cousins do not realise that the Great British empire was built by a nation of tea drinkers! So many places wouldn’t know where they were without the English national bevvy! (q.v. “Asterix In Britain”)
|Nicey replies: I'm sure she was only trying to get her own back for the Lumberjack song.|
I was just sitting here in the US as a Scouser in exile, having a nice cup of tea and a sit down at work, when I came across Peter's email regarding Dundee biscuits.
I remember them clearly as well from my childhood days in Liverpool, and they were gorgeous, huge, chocolatey biscuits! I can't remember the last time I had them, but now they've been mentioned, I remember with fondness their taste.
In the US we can get some decent British biscuits (like chocolate McVitie's and Hob Nobs), but most of what is sold is sub-standard cookie-like efforts. It may be worth your while to take a visit to the US to see the state of the biscuit and tea situation; almost inevitably, you get offered "tea" in dodgy cups with the teabag still in it, and the milk (or, horrors, cream) on the side.
The Americans are, by the way, fascinated by my electric kettle (you know, the type every house in the UK has!) ... they still use whistling kettles on top of the oven - how 19th century!
Anyway, your site is great - a nice way to remember England, and I steer both English and non-English friends to it (for educational purposes, of course).
|Nicey replies: Yes we had a big discussion about electric kettles and America back in September. The conclusions were that even those electric kettles that did exist in the States weren't able to boil water as fast as our Brit kettles due to their weedy 120V electricity. Hoorah! for proper dangerous power supplies. This seemed to explain the barbarous practice of making tea in microwave ovens, prevalent in the US.
As for dodgy American biscuits, Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy has just brought me back a packet of something with peanut butter in, from New York. I have to have a sneaking regard for the Americans ingenuity in getting rid of their mountains of surplus peanut butter. Perhaps anybody driving one of those odd looking Chrysler Roadsters around the UK might want to get the door panels off just in case the Yanks have stashed a few gallons of spare crunchy peanut butter in there.