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I have recently been directed to your website by a friend, and just in time, I should say! I have just returned from a holiday in Cornwall, the first summer hol there since 1969. Naturally, my outstanding memory of Corwall over the last 33 years has been the Cornish Fairing, supplied by Furniss of Truro. So, the frst morning I was there I popped down to the local store and bought two packets. Now, I had spent most of the 6 and a half hour journey down impressing upon my girlfriend the delignt of the Fairing.
Imagine my chagrin when her reaction was a dubious "this is just a rather feeble ginger nut".. Worse , I was forced to agree! What has happened to the noble Fairing? Once a sublime, indefinable collection of spicey things? Have the French bought out Furniss as well?
|Nicey replies: I must confess to an ignorance of these Fairings of which you speak.|
|My Aunty Edna
Custard Cream Review
|And who introduced Nicey to the wonders of the biscuit tin? As a small boy on his frequent visits to me at Clements Hall he would come into the kitchen, make straight for the biscuit tin and begin to gorge - Custard Creams were a particular favourite.|
Once, in an effort to preserve the Custard Creams for longer than a few moments of a Nicey-Attack, I hid them at the bottom of the tin. To be confronted with the spectacle of Nicey scrabbling frantically in the tin - stopping for a moment and looking at me crossly whilst saying `Haven`t you got any DECENT biscuits!`.
Your Godmother x
PS: Love the Website - may I join in the next marrow-smashing?
|Nicey replies: Hello Aunty Nedda,
Lovely to hear from you. Glad you like our site. Yes, I've often said that my first biscuit encounters were of the Custard Cream variety, and in fact the Custard cream review mentions this.
Of course you can come to the next Marrow smashing, all of this years crop were consigned to Castle Nice's composting facility on Sunday, but there will another lot along next year. Of course the marrows from the year before were used as ammunition by Prawnzilla in his tussle with Citrus Sheep.
|Alan (Fred) Pipes
I must admit I do like a nice Breakaway. In your Biscuit of the week review you didn't mention the strange exhortations in bubble writing on the backs of the sachets. Such racy slogans as: taste it!, enjoy it! Mmmm... Chocolate, Delicious (can't remember what the others are cos I've eaten them). What are these for then? Some start with a capital; others are all in lower case. Some with exclamation marks; others without. Very odd, cos you don't actually see them until you've already purchased the packet and opened it!
Also, I was wondering about the origin of the tea towel? Was it originally used solely to dry the tea things? Surely they're better for drying glasses... Me, I let things drain -- much more hygenic. Apparently there are more germs on the average tea towel than on a public lavatory seat.
|Nicey replies: Yep I noticed them. I thought it was all a bit, inappropriate and tragic really. If someone chooses to eat a chocolate biscuit then that is a personal matter for them. I wonder how many people have been persuaded to go through with it due to the message on the back.
Tea towels, perhaps they were designed specifically to smear a layer of germs on your tea cup. Tea has antiseptic properties and so anybody making it wrong would quickly succumb to terrible tea cup borne diseases, and be effectively removed from polite society. Loo seats were simply too unwieldily for germ smearing and broke too many tea cups in the process.
|Tim Hardy (Mrs Cheesman ?)
||Oooh Hello there its Mrs Cheeseman here and I thought I'd write to say what a lovely internet computer site you have here.I have been sitting down having tea for many years nows but I'm on my own now after Desmond died in 1974 from measles. In many ways it was a relief as he always insisted on teabags and rarely warmed the pot! I'm a fan of full flavoured looseleaf though not glengettie because its got welsh writing on it which I think is showing off and so I won't be buying that thankyou very much indeed. Anyway why i'm writing is; Whilst down the day centre where I help out on Wednesdays I'd just got a fresh copy of the peoples friend out and a steaming mug of an English blended Assam so I thought I 'd look in the Quality Street tin for a Nice or a malted milk. what I found there turned my stomach.|
There were a cross between a digestive and a chocolate chip biscuit. I don't know who makes them or who brought them but I thought I would just warn you and your lovely viewers. As it was I fed them all to Potato our Cairn terrier who is called that because he is fat and has no hair Any way lovely to speak to you and all the best
|Nicey replies: I believe you are referring to Cadbury's Jestives, made for them by the Horizon Biscuit company in Wirral no doubt.|
|Catherine and Peter
We have just read the email from Peter Davies concerning ginger thins. We have good news.....
THEY ARE ALL IN LIVERPOOL(except the ones in Warrington)
There is a shop on Bold Street in the city centre, Matta' World Food Market, which sells them. As you rightly pointed out, ginger thins are Swedish, hence their presence in a "world food market". They cost about £2 for a box containing 2 columns of thin gingery delight. We hope we have been of assistance. If you would like us to send a box let us know. Oh, and you can get them in the little food bit in Ikea
Thank you for taking the time to read our humble correspondance
|Nicey replies: Thank you for that important Ginger thin news. With Liverpool being the heart land of UK biscuit production, its bizarre to think of biscuits being imported from Sweden.|