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|Iris Leaton Webb
||Huntley and Palmer honey and cream biscuits do not ring a bell???? The were the Ur Biscuit, custard creams on steroids.... And, if I remember correctly (and the hallucinogens have not done irreparable damage...) they had a nice oval cut-out bit. Class.|
My husband and I also remember the Barmouth. An exceptionally crisp buttery biscuit akin to the crispy variety of langue du chat - but round. Very dark brown on the edges, golden in the centre, slightly shiny and melting in texture - probably a melted mixture rather than a pastry type. I may even have a recipe for them somewhere....
Rich Osborne?? Don't you mean Butter Osbornes??
And Ice gems - biscuits or sweets?? Candidate for The Smallest Biscuit Known??
|Nicey replies: Iris,
Thank you for those many important insights. I think I vaguely recall a sort of jam and cream sandwich alike with pale brown sludge in that might have been the honey and cream. Yes, I concur on Butter Osbournes, I'm sure you're right.
If we could track down a living Barmouth biscuit that would be fantastic.
Iced Gems are nasty.
||Nicey, firstly may I say thank you for your link to Yorkshire Tea, I have had a |
good sit down since the postman knocked, only once though. Anyway, to that end I have a question that you may be able to answer. Should I put the milk in before the water or after? So far I have been a 'milk after' person, but I was wondering if other readers could shed a little light on this most pressing subject, after all, to have a nice cup of tea and a good sit down I want all the facts.
|Nicey replies: Well you know I don't like to make edicts about tea. However, in this instance the rules are quite simple milk in last unless you are having your tea in a cup and saucer and have made a pot, in which case it is considered best to put the milk in first.
You can put it in first for other methods but it is considered technically wrong. However that may be how you prefer it. Tony from the Fig fest likes it milk first and accepts that he is technically wrong on this one.
|Re Marie biscuits: I believe they were designed to be The Biscuit You Have When You're Not Having A Biscuit... for vicars and curates; genteel elderly ladies; people who are recuperating after they've been poorly; and those in our midst who really don't want to appear to be too ostentatious in their tastes. And dunkers, of course, because there are no nasty little excrescences which fall off and float round in an otherwise nice cup of tea, are there?|
|Nicey replies: That's right Brian they are hardly worth getting out of the packet really. Although there was that chap somebody told me about, that used to cycle to India once a week to get his Marie biscuits (He used to live about 5 miles away in Bangladesh).|
|Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy
||Having seen your news flash about two for one parkin at Fred Pipes' local Co-op, I decided to pay a visit to the Co-op Milton Road on my way home on Tuesday evening in the hope of laying my hands on some. Sure enough it was there on the shelf, but not labelled as two for one. In fact, it had no price on the shelf at all. However, it is 2 for 1 and has a use by of 20 November! :-) So get stocked up.|
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for Parkin news. We should all get some, and start a Parkin revival.|
I fully understand your unease where the subject of 21st century, so-called innovative biscuit packaging is concerned, especially when it appears a manufacturer is attempting to swindle its customers out of several biscuits, in return for the dubious compensation of a plastic tray or a snazzy new logo.
However, there is one addition to the pantheon of biscuit wrappers that has been a positive boon for my partner Carol and I: the sturdy cardboard pipe used to house McVities Chocolate Digestives and Hobnobs.
In our later years with the kids gone and retirement not too far away, Carol
and I have joined a lively local walking group, and we often find ourselves
rambling along remote woodland tracks or up and down an isolated hillside path. Apart from the kagools and spare socks, essential kit for these daytrips is the trusty thermos and a supply of biccies, for when we come across an inviting spot to sit down. Unfortunately, Carol doesn't like taking the normal packets, as they get crushed too easily, and once opened, are liable to leave a crumbly residue at the bottom of her knapsack. I don't like using the Tupperware her sister gave us, because, to be honest, it smells a bit and is somewhat offputting. We do have a slim, cylindrical tin, but Carol says it makes her bag too heavy and the straps cut into her shoulders (although I believe this may be purely psychological).
Hurrah then, for the McVities tube. You only need buy one before reverting
back to the normal, big value packs, but we can top the tube up with as many biccies as we need for a couple of cups of tea and sit downs in the
countryside. Nearly all of our walking friends have adopted our method of
|Nicey replies: If it saves Carol's shoulders from strap cutting then I am prepared to register a point in favour of the HobNob tube, especially given your admirable stance on the recycling issue.|