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||dear nicey & all at ncotaasd,|
i was confused by what you said about snowballs having a biscuit base. i'm not sure what happens south of the border, but up here in sunny aberdeen our snowballs are most definately cake-like. they are sponge, filled with jam (of varying quality) and covered in coconut. is this some sort of sassenach meddling with a scottish baking institution?! i feel some sort of braveheart inspired pun would be appropriate here and yet words fails me.
anyhooooo, love the site!
ps any chance you might make a st andrew's flag icon?!
|Nicey replies: Looks like you are right to be confused, I'm talking about the ones like a naked teacake covered in coconut. Perhaps somebody else can come up with a pun as I can't think of one either, but then it is quite late.
As for flags, as I have said before we have one for Canada because its ironic. As for anybody else, no sorry or they'll all be wanting one, I've had to turn down the Welsh for example on a number of occasions. If I had to choose an icon for Scotland I might base it on the swarm of Midges that attacked me at half past four in the morning on Rannoch Moor in 1978, as we tried to make a get away without them noticing we were up. Obviously that would be a bit too borne out of personal experience and it would just look like black dots.
finally the Kit Kat gets its true place as a biscuit! It comes in long packets of many biscuits, like Penguins do, which qualifies them as a biscuit. They taste better with a cup of tea, chocolate bars don't.
Anyhow, thought you'd like to know the Kit Kat still enjoys all its foil covered glory in Canada, although its that naff paper backed stuff like Jacobs Club. Nevertheless, you can still rub the logo through into it and then run your nail up the split, not quite as satisfying as proper foil but you can't have everything. It helped me survive all of last winter in British Cloumbia, shame they can't do proper tea as well (good beer in proper pint glasses makes up for it).
How can you possibly eat a modern Brit Kit Kat when you can't split each finger with that little strip of wrapper still attached so that it floats in your tea and then electrocutes your fillings. Heaven.
Tunnock's Tea Cakes is the last great biscuit tradition we have left unsullied.
|Nicey replies: I was only thinking about British Cloumbia before lunch, and all those mad fossilised things in the Burgess shales from half a billion years ago.|
|Ive been sitting here for the past 2 hours (its about 5 am) in my cold basement somewhere in Canada, surfing the net, really needing a nice cup of tea. Not residing in this country very long and very dubious of what resembles tea over here, last week I ordered a tea with milk from a local Coffee-Time. My husband brought it to me, I sipped it and said "does this tea taste like ****?" - vaguely reminiscent of that famous Austin Powers sketch. My long-suffering hubby duly returned the luke- warm sludge, only to discover that the server had placed the tea-bag into the cup and filled it up with black coffee!|
p.s. the only English biscuit I can find in my local store is McVities Digestive (plain) - thank heavens for small mercies. But it doesn't quite taste the same?????
Anne - Toronto
||Hello from Nova Scotia Canada!|
I was just writing to you regarding the e-mail you received, in which the writer spoke of bubbles in tea being called "money bubbles". All my life, each time I poured the tea in front of my mother, she would say "Look! Bubbles! That means you'll have money coming in!" We made it into a game and the trick was to learn to pour the tea for maximum bubblage. According to my Mum, my grandmother always used to say "Drink your bubbles dear!" to her when she was a child.
I've also heard that bubbles in your tea means someone's talking about you.
My mother is British but grew up in Wales during the war. She thinks it's an old Northern Wales saying.
Great site- good fun to read!
My Canadian (and now ex) girlfriend accused tea drinkers of being rather camp. Of course – I took offence to this. It seems our overseas cousins do not realise that the Great British empire was built by a nation of tea drinkers! So many places wouldn’t know where they were without the English national bevvy! (q.v. “Asterix In Britain”)
|Nicey replies: I'm sure she was only trying to get her own back for the Lumberjack song.|