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During a conversation at work, diverting from our usual topic of how to better serve the customer & improve efficiency, I discovered something unnerving in common with my colleague, Trish. It was one of those moments, normally experienced by teenagers, when you discover something long consider
a dark secret, & possibly very shameful, may in fact be common and even the topic of a popular opera or musical: the eating of digestives with butter. Delicious. Move aside ambrosia, throw away your stodgy manna, these slices of the godhead came close to replacing the communion wafer in our house on a Sunday. They were eaten by myself and my family in southern Ireland, and, now I know, by at least one other family, located on the periphery of
Dublin. I am sure this was not a recommended serving suggestion. Maybe it's a mutation of the Irish love of butter and our custom of spreading it with more fever than sense, much as the Scot's love of deep fat frying leads to unholiness with Mars bars and the Soviet passion for vodka to the defilement
of tea. Who knows. Regardless, from this revelation, I am bravely sticking my neck out and asking for others with similar tastes to come forward. If there is enough of us, we can change the parameters of normality and push back the tide of night, loosening the chains of convention and blessing all kinds of bizarre unions.
|Nicey replies: Yes we have just returned this very afternoon from a biscuit safari through the Republic, where I admired some Jacob's Digestives in a petrol station in Carrick-upon-Shannon before settling for the big pack of fig rolls on special offer. I was also very interested to see Jacob's branded Café Noir biscuits. I could have stayed for many minutes longer but the Wife was waiting outside in the car with the younger members of staff.|
Rich Tea Review
|Hello, Nicey and the Wife,|
I don't know if you have a statute of limitations on replying to reviews, and if so, hope I haven't missed it by a mile. In my defence, I was living in blissful ignorance of your site until yesterday (22 June 2004), when I was alerted to its existence by my friend's kindly email. I feel very miffed and put out in the extreme that I have been tootling along in my daily life, unaware of the existence of such wondrous biscuit information, but it's rectified now, so let that be the end of it.
And so to business:
a) like some others who replied to your Rich Tea review with horror, how can you dis the King of Biscuits so?
b) How is it possible that nobody, but NOBODY, has mentioned the best way to enjoy Rich Tea? No, no, no, not the dunking (this is in fact, the second best way). Rich Tea is primarily enjoyed by taking two, and slathering both (not just one, mind!!) of them in a thick layer of butter - so much so that when you take the first bite, it squeezes out around the edges. For full enjoyment, you have to eat at least 3 lots/6 biscuits at a time.
Rich Tea fans of the world - unite!
p.s. I'm from Dublin, and must have the Kimberley gene, cos I never heard of this 'Are you sure they weren't stored somewhere damp?' business til I saw the review.
Also, I look forward with bated breath to the Jacob's Coconut Cream review (the white ones are nicer than the pink, but both are best enjoyed by popping into the mouth whole) - any chance of a review in the near future?
|Nicey replies: Maria,
I can give the Rich Tea a hard time because I post up messages from people who disagree, such is the quasi-democracy of NCOTAASD.
As for butter, we have a whole icon for that in the search area so you can find all the messages about that, so thats nice too.
We are soon to undertake a tea tour to the Emerald Isle so you might not have to wait too long for a Coconut Cream review, I'll also have another crack at the Kimberlys too see if its an acquired taste.
Possibly a little away from the mission statement, but a debate has sparked off in the office regarding the proper topping (if any) for crumpets - namely, sweet or savoury?. Responses thus far include:
Sweet - jam or honey
Savoury - butter
Savoury - cheese
Crumpets are evil
Anything up to and including a full egg and bacon crumpet sandwich.
Your views or those of the NCOTAASD community would be most valued.
As ever, you humble servant.
|Nicey replies: Here at NCOTAASD HQ it is butter, or butter + jam, or butter + peanut butter.
I find the 'nothing' troubling, and possibly in contravention of a crumpet's basic rights.
Sounds like a poll.
Regal Multireview Review
Thank you so much for reminding me of Imqaret - absolutely yummy treat. It reminds me of my childhood and my visits to Malta (my Dad being Maltese) - makes me want to return.
As for the vegemite debate - every Aussie knows the best way to eat vegemite is on warm toast with lots of butter and a small amount of Vegemite. It's amazing how good it makes you feel if you're ill/hung over/or both.
Love the website since first hearing about it on BBC2 whilst working in London last year.
||I think a major problem with the toast polls is that you haven't mentioned butter anywhere yet. Surely this is the single most popular toast topping? (That's what I meant when I voted 'other' in the savoury poll). |
|Nicey replies: Sue, Sue, Sue,
Butter is a given.