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|Coming from the States, the whole concept of biscuits, cakes, crackers, etc. are all confused for me. In fact, I would guess that your delineations here on your site may not apply as poignantly across the pond.|
However, although I still struggle to understand the concept of tea cakes and many persons' of English persuasion interpretation of them, I am pleasantly intrigued by the all-encompassing Tunnocks bars, also affectionately known as Caramel bars or Army issue bars. As often I purchase them, I still confuse myself whether they are in the confectionery or biscuit section of the supermarket. I may even venture to say that supermarkets vary in their classification.
|Nicey replies: The clue is the name 'Tunnock's real milk chocolate caramel wafer biscuit'. It should be grouped with other chocolate covered biscuits next to the conventional biscuits.|
I was wondering around the supermarket the other day, trying to avoid the
hoards of just slightly dithery old dears and duffers, when something caught my eye in the tea isle. It's called 'Rocket Fuel' and is made by Percol. Apparently it offers an "explosive caffine kick", is "a blend of ceylon
and other fine teas ... with natural guarana ... Seriously Stimulating".
I am currently running a not-so-scientific trial of them, to see if there is any noticeable increase in stimulation above ordinary PG Tips Pyramid
I wonder if The Ministry Of Sound will start serving these as a non-intoxicating substitute for the nominated drivers?
Has anyone else tried these yet?
A friend of mine (Greek, who lived for a while in the UK but is now in the US) and I (from Australia) were trying to explain to a friend of ours online (fully American, from Florida) what Hobnobs are. He simply couldn't grasp the concept. He tried doing an image search and found a photo from your site which helped greatly. After seeing the URL for this image, I thought wow! what a cool website that must be! and I perused nicecupofteaandasitdown.com.
I think you are doing a GREAT service to the world. There are so many people out there who just can't understand what biscuits and tea are all about. Our Floridian friend has made a huge leap in his understanding of the world around him by finding you, and I hope the same will be true for many other ignorant (American) people well into the future!
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for global biscuit understanding and tea harmony. I have broken open a packet of Milk Chocolate HobNobs to celebrate and because its Friday.|
In response to Richard Willis' email, I don't have any specific tea buddies, but I have found my "tea drive" to be much higher than anyone else here at work. In the (so-called) tea room, the cups are very small, and I am often mocked for having to purchase more than one cup at "tea break".
I think I can attribute it to the fact that all my mugs at home are very large (approx 1 pint) compared to a standard "cup" (approx 1/3 pint) and I am obviously used to a far greater volume. So anyway, Richard, get yourself (and your tea buddie(s)) some big cups. That might help you feel fulfilled.
Your site was recently recommended to me and I must say, it's lovely.
I write in regard to the difficult social circumstances I find myself in, namely living in the United States and finding it fiendishly difficult to acquire a decent (never mind nice) cup of tea anywhere.
It seems that ever since those chappies in Boston threw a load in the harbour, there has been a (silent) national campaign to dishonour the noble beverage.
Examples of such sacrilege are: Serving one a cup of (almost) hot water with a teabag on the side and suggesting that one uses 'non-dairy creamer' to whiten it. I dare not even begin to describe the horror that is 'instant iced tea'.
Thankfully, we can console ourselves with our ration of Twinnings / Bewley's / Yorkshire Tea that we brought with us, and have a nice (hot) cup of tea and a sit down at home.
There is one exception to all this woe; On a recent trip to lovely Lake Michigan, we had occasion to stop at the 'Bit of Swiss' cafe in South Haven. I must say, It was the nicest cup of tea I have had in this country, made with whole leaf tea in what looked like a home made teabag thingy. It was accompanied by a rather delicious Lemon Tart. Very pleasant.
Kathryn Hall, Indiana.