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||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?|
|Tom De Saulles
A quick read of your latest biscuit review has left me with the munchies, but it is the New Year and I am trying to lose a few pounds, resulting in large part from the Christmas tin of assorted chocolate biscuits. Can you recommend a healthy yet pleasing biscuit that will help quell any thoughts of chocolate digestives until the diet fizzles out in a week or two and biscuit consumption returns to normal.
Tom De Saulles
|Nicey replies: You know some of the low-fat biscuits aren't to bad at all. There was one some years ago that was a like a low fat Hobnob made for Tesco's I believe. It was really tasty and actually was very crunchy due to the reduced fat. Of course the mighty fig roll is actually pretty good for you, in moderation of course.|
It deeply distresses me that, on your buiscuit taxonomy page, you call Nice biscuits "on of the nastiest biscuits ever". I always assumed they are called 'Nice' because that is axactly what they are - not 'amazing', granted, but still 'nice'. Also you dis pink wafers, which is most out of order.
|Nicey replies: Oliver, SIR,
You are entitled to your own opinion.
I am in your debt. Your site has given me the abilty to choose the perfect biscuit for any occasion. For example, if i were to have a children's party BNs and Pink Wafers would be involved (and maybe those round ones with the hole and the icing on top, I forget the name). However I am stumped when it comes to the Hovis biscuit. To me it seems that the nation is divided right down the middle with these. You have to love or hate them. They come in one of those selection boxes for eating with cheese after a nice sunday meal, however if you do put cheese on them they taste utterly repulsive. They are always either the first or the last of the selection to go suggestion that there IS no grey area with them. However I have yet to judge wheter i like them or not because i do not know what they are supposed to taste of. Is it bread? Why make a bread biscuit?
I am baffled. Perhaps you could shed some light on the infamous "HOVIS Biscuit" ?
|Nicey replies: Actually for a children's party I would advocate Cadburys Chocolate Fingers and Custard Creams.
Hovis biscuits are simply digestives, but I do agree with you that they are not good with cheese although some people do like them that way. I fail to see why they single out the digestive to join the crackers on cheese duty. If its a sweet biscuit that is needed rather than a savory cracker then why not pop in a few Lincolns or maybe an Abbey Crunch!
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Mr Nicey, you deserve a Henry Kissinger Award (or something) for your tactful and diplomatic handling of the Penguin vs Tim Tam War. We nice, quiet, modest old gentlemen down here in The Land Of The Tim Tam are grateful. Well, I mean. Never mind the Wars of the Roses -- you've probably averted a dreadful revenge attack in the War of the Ashes.|
Lt Col Sir Ernest ggrope-Kneightley, OAP (retd)