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To follow up James Fussell's comments regarding French biscuits, let me
reveal that I have recently returned from Korea, where tea is green, watery,
un-milked and smells of boiled cabbage. I experienced similar tea in
Russia, which apart from being black is often served with a spoonful of jam
inserted in it. A surprisingly civilized custom.
Been out the country for a week and am shocked at the tea heresy on the site. All things in moderation I say. Anyway on a more positive note, I have been in Andorra and while over there indulged in a packet of the French equivalent of Jaffa Cakes. I think they were made by a company called "Lu" but unfortunately an oversight on my part while cleaning the apartment resulted in the empty packet being chucked out. I must say that they were superb. Thicker chocolate, jelly out to the edges with an orange tanginess the like of which only dreams are made of. McVities need to pull their finger out.
|Nicey replies: Jim,
That sounds about right. Those Lu blokes are one of the few hopes the French have, indeed they make the Figolu from the Fig Fest. I'm off on a fact finding mission to high altitude France in early February so I'll keep an eye out for them.
||Whoa there bald eagle!........people saying tea is bad for you, hmmm a few|
facts might be in order here. Yes is does contain caffiene, at a similar level to coffee, however mild stimulation never did anybody any harm and has been part of human culture/civilisation for many thousands of years(pass the electrodes matron I need another shot). However the real benefits of tea are as follows
1. Fluid intake - generally we don't drink enough liquid and tea is a lot
more pleasant than enless cups of hot water and is therefore beneficial to
the function of your kidneys
2. Mild dieuretic effect - also beneficial to the kidneys helps flush all
those other harmful toxins out of the body
3. Flavinoids - tea (esp green) is very high in this class of anti-oxidents
which are linked to the whole free radical anti-cancer school of thinking.
This is where tea really scores over coffee which has none of these useful compounds.
4. Dunking biscuits in coffee is horrible and they invariably taste awful.
Nuff said I think, now where is packet of chocolate coated Hob Nobs I was
saving for a rainy day.......
In response to the content of tea/detox postings, - since when has it been
a bad thing to drink tea? Yes, it contains Tannin and Caffeine but thats
why we drink it. You can't beat a bit of good honest addiction. I, and most
of my family are distinctly fractious in the mornings until we have had our
'fix'. It hasn't done the Chinese any harm. They drink bucket loads and
seem to live for yonks. Or is that Ginseng?
|Nicey replies: Yes my Mum's Sunday Mirror had a dubious article about a woman who was detoxing by giving up specifically tea and biscuits and doing all sorts of unpleasant non-sense. She wound up with an un-natural craving for Vodka, so again that hardly seems healthy.|
Regarding your correspondent Paul Mosley ("New Year = New Me"), who has quit tea due to caffeine, could I alert him to the presence of Tannin in the humble cuppa. Tannin has the unpleasant side effect of binding up and chelating all minerals including magnesium, and tea drinking is the
commonest cause of iron deficiency anaemia in UK for this very reason. Tannin also makes your hair fall out, your skin greasy and contains anti-pheromones that make you undesirable to the opposite sex*.
* well, I assume it's the tannin doing this.
|Nicey replies: Well luckily the Wife and I are immune to the anti-pheromone thing, it must be like if you both eat garlic.|