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Martyn Lufkin
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Nicey replies: Martyn,

Thank you for your very important enquiry involving the status of fig rolls. Not to beat around the bush, the fig roll is most definitely a biscuit, and certainly not a cake.

The fig rolls going behaviour is indeed to go hard rather than soft and indeed to turn other hard biscuits around it soft. But this merely proves that this is not a hard and fast rule for determining whether something is cake or biscuit. Not only is the fig roll not the only biscuit to disobey this rule but if it were as simple as that then the whole jaffa cake fiasco would have come to a close with much more haste than it did.

Sometimes one can think so hard about something that you wind up confusing yourself, and obscuring the simple truth. I'm not at all surprised this happened to you whilst a student, as many expend prodigious amounts of mental energy on such matters, flexing their intellects, when really they should be writing essays or something. It seems as if one is using deductive logic to create a stimulating debate amongst ones peers, where as in fact one is simply racking up a student loan which will have to be paid off at some point. I remember vividly wasting hours as a student trying to get a piece of string to stand upright in a pool of molten lard inside a hollowed out sugar beet, feeling sure that I was on to something.

Here are some reasons why the fig roll is a biscuit.

It's made in biscuit factories, by biscuit companies, (Jacobs, Crawfords).

It's made using biscuit dough in addition to all that fig paste.

There are other similar items around the world that are considered biscuits in their native land, Fig Newtons, Arnotts Spicy Rolls etc.

It's one of my favourite biscuits.

Bob and Amanda
Cork Hat - AustraliaTeaTea cosy
Nicey replies: Lots of places although it would seem you need to go anywhere that Tony Blair doesn't.

There are cafes in most London stations but they are tend to deal in charmless Danish pastries and paninnis. Your tea will be subject to whatever nameless catering teabag they shove in your paper cup and how hot their water is. Both of these important factors are usually beyond your knowledege or control.

I find the best places to simply be any every day back street cafe which London is full of. If they do bacon rolls or egg and chips then the tea should be up to scratch. The really good ones have giant teapots and use giant catering tea bags. I was very excited to be presented with one of these giant tea bags when I went to the Fields Cafe in Dalston.

Then of course you should check out definitive back street cafe site eggbaconbeansandchips and its sister site ateaandathink.

GDubbs of Gee Cross

Morning Coffee Review
Nicey replies: It's not escaped my notice before that the odd Morning Coffee gets made in Holland. I think I have in the past spotted some Sainsbury's own brand biscuits made there. Also Crawfords mother ship United Biscuits bought up Dutch biscuit maker Verkade in 1996 and this is the point of origin of the Cafe Noir biscuit.

I wouldn't be at all surprised if all of these events and circumstances were related.

Actually I looked quite a lot like a Dutch bloke last night as Wifey and I cycled back from the train station in torrential rain, and I was forced to don my brand new bright yellow also made in Holland cycle cape.

Katie Drummond
Nicey replies: Hi Katie,

I hope you can explain the mitigating circumstances of requiring propellent for our mission, and given the forecast for next week I don't think it will seem that June like.

Steve Greenslade
Nicey replies: Hoorah! for your Mince Pie site, its excellently comprehensive isn't it? There seems to be a lot of research into which ones are best, who can eat the most and when they appear in the shops. The lady who ate 46 of them in Wooky Hole looks like trouble.

Also pleased to see that our findings seem to broadly tally with your panel of experts.