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Jacob's Mikado Review
|I too remember the Mikado biscuit. I used to longingly gaze at themwhen shopping with my mother who would never let me have them. They were at the echelon of biscuit poshness and I used to imagine grown ups laughing, drinking wine and delicately noshing at them.|
When I reached the age where I could decide what I wanted to buy in the biscuit department I finally bought a box. Excitedly, I didn't wait till I reached home, but scoffed them right there at the till - and boy they didn't disappoint.
I am greatly saddened that Mr D hasn't been able to find them as they are truly great. I can't really help though as I am in Australia where, yes, they do love Tim-Tams. I however think they are a poor, lighter imitation of a Penguin and am distinctly unimpressed.
|Fuhr David (Mr D)
Glad to see the site is still going from strength to strength. There was a bijou featurette in the London Metro which was very complimentary.
I recently experienced a new hybrid creation, which is well worth exploring. The "After Eight" biscuit. The item itself resembles a small After Eight chocolate, but the chocolate covering is concealing not the expected minty goo, but a very crunchy, very minty biscuit. Extremely satisfying, and maintains an impressive degree of structural integrity when dunked. Admittedly, it is usually the case that chocolate/biscuit hybrids such as this resemble something straight from the laboratory of Dr Moreau. But this is the exception proving the rule.
Also: whither the "Mikado" biscuit? For those not aware, the Mikado was a long (6" approx) thin stick of unsweetened biscuit (of similar diameter to a strand of raw spaghetti). Seven-eighths of the length was dipped in dark chocolate, thus creating a juxtaposition between, and a synergy of, flavours. The un-dipped section provided a useful handle for dunking purposes. It was almost, if I may be permitted to enter the stratosphere of pretension, a gestalt biscuit. It was also available in a variety where the chocolate was orangey (but this detroyed the essential purity). But WHERE HAS IT GONE? No longer available in Waitrose, I now worry that it may have ceased production, and gone to that great biscuit barrel in the sky. Any knowledge of the current whereabouts of the Mikado biscuit gratefully received.
[Note: the "Mr D" is my e-mail is not a display of personal arrogance, but is down to the configuration of this computer system].
Christ. I just read the article 'agreeing with Loz about children smelling of biscuits' Well there was a girl at my primary school who smelt of digestive biscuits, and highly so. She was poor and 'the girl you fancied' if you were being teased.
Although I cannot vouch whether or not she still has digestive hum, she is still poor and very ugly as I saw her in a local petrol station.
My mum thought I was mad for reporting of this odour phenomena, but now I feel vindicated and among friends.
Thank you all.
Thin Arrowroot Review
|Rather a slight upon a 'medicinal' biscuit methinks. Arrowroot biscuits were the prequel to modern treatment for diarrhoea, often caused by poor diet or bad water in centuries past. Like cornflour arrowroot is a good thickener and less likely to form concrete 'stools' than say kaolin. They also make a good 'dipping' biscuit and, as you should know, don't disintegrate in your tea. They might also toughen up your teeth if you are prepared to take the challenge - dry. Whilst they may not be the most flavoursome biscuit, with a rather earthy, ginger taste, the texture is more satisfying than say a rich tea biscuit for those of us with real teeth.|
|Nicey replies: I wouldn't have thought that the conditions in the human gut would not have been favorable to creating the starchy arrowroot colloid as the unraveling of the molecules in the starch grains requires higher temperatures than 37 degrees. I'm guessing of course.|
We have sexism, racism, ageism. But do we now detect DOGISM on your site? Not a single mention of dog biscuits! Watch out -- you'll have the canine PC crusade threatening you with placards "Equal Rights For Dogs" and "Dogs Are Biscuit Lovers Too", even "Chi Chi Loves Her Choccy".
An Anonymous Canophile