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I have been enjoying the biscuit reviews and letters on your site for a few months now and have noticed many references to Australia, New Zealand, and "America" (the United States, we call it) -- is there no interest in your site from Canada? I, like many other Canadians, love a good cup of tea (or coffee, I admit) and a biscuit. Thus I am pointing you to this untapped biscuit-exploring opportunity. Here are a couple of Canadian biccie facts, based on my experience, of course:
- even though we generally call them cookies, the word 'biscuit' is printed on every package anyway because that is the french word for cookie. Thus, we respond positively to both terms.
- for some reason you can buy Rich Tea biscuits in Canada but not in the States. Sadly, I have heard of Canadian expats stocking up on these (along with particular chocolate bars, etc. that you can't get south of the border) when home for the holidays. argh.
ok, that's all for now, I should get back to work anyway. One last thought: I do enjoy the french "Lu" biscuits -- have you thought of testing Jaffa and Lu's Pims (orange flavour of course) head to head? This would be quite a contest.
|Nicey replies: We are aware of Canada, it is a good source of wheat, a staple ingredient of biscuits.
We are mounting a fact finding mission to France at the end of this month when we hope to secure some of the Lu Jaffa Cake analogues of which you speak.
I do not know how you feel about hybridised biscuit/confectionaries, but I would have to heartily recommend the practice of sucking tea through a Twixel.
My Girlfriend and I tried it last night for the first time, and it was rather splendid.
My apologies if this is not considering decorum.
|Nicey replies: Yes, you are really discussing something on the very fringes of the biscuit time space continuum there. Its a confectionary matter really.|
Rich Tea Review
Rich tea fingers. Why? What purpose have they? Structurally they are weaker than Rich Tea so that you have to bolster one with another one when you are dunking (back to back action) and they are as bland as normal Rich Tea. Do people have a preference for finger shaped biscuits in your experience? I can only imagine that people find it easier to stick a whole one in lengthways rather than a round one which may abraze the corners of your mouth as it enters (and scald with hot tea). I also find sponge fingers to have the same propensity to snap under tealogging (these are definitely best suited to making trifles where they have an amazing capacity to soak up booze).
Incidentally I once saw my uncle get a whole ginger nut stuck in his mouth as he tried to put it in face first rather than on its edge (if that makes sense). The whole family watched as my mum had to snap it by jabbing it with a knife - a very dangerous but highly amusing procedure.
|Nicey replies: Well we found that Rich tea fingers taste ever so slightly different to Round Rich teas, but I'm sure the reason for their existence has to do with dunking dynamics as you suggest.
As for Ginger Nuts its funny you should mention them because we have another planned tras-global biscuit head to involving that very species of biccy. Your uncle sounds like he deserves a Rocket Science icon for advancing the field of biscuit eating in a foolhardy and entertaining way.
||HELP ME! We have had a large tin of Crawford's bicuits since before Christmas and my mum refuses to open them, she is 'saving them' for some form of special occasion. The only biscuits (that I truly consider 'biscuits', not counting Kit Kats and the like) that i get to eat most of the time are Safeway Saver's Rich Tea and Safeway Saver's Dark Chocloate Covered, which are fair enough, but one grows a little bored after a while and hungers after more exotic biscuit forms.|
So, I have turned to you to ask what can be done? How can I convince my dearest mother that the biscuits MUST BE EATEN!!?? (She has been known in the past to forget about bicuits, and indeed other foodstuffs, for months or even years. We have some gingerbread in the cupboard that she bought in June, for example. Oh and some cough medicine dated January 1989, but that's a different matter.)
|Nicey replies: Catherine,
You simply need to engineer some situation that demands a grand biscuit gesture, such as the opening of your selection tin. I would suggest a long and epic family walk that requires lots of tea and biscuits on return to your abode. Timing is crucial however, as you must return home at a time far enough away from a meal time to authorise a biscuit binge.
||My dearest Nicey,|
I must congratulate you on a most amiable, relaxed and informative site where I can take my ease while extending my palate albeit theoretically in some cases.
Just a quick message of hope to Despondent of Didcote, it's taken some degree of persistance in the grand manner of the Dr Phibes School of Experimental Baking, but a range of more than acceptable Gluten, Dairy and refined sugar free biscuits can be achieved.
If Nicey would be so kind as to post my email addy for contact, you may be among the select few to receive the blueprints for home use.To deny oneself the opportunity to nibble and dunk would be a dulling of the psyche.
all the best
|Nicey replies: That's great news. Unfortunately your email address seems to be incorrect as our mails have bounced. I have forwarded your good news to Excited of Didcot. Could you try mailing us again?|