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There's been a long-term debate about whether the mighty Fig roll is either a biscuit or a cake. Whilst at University, we contacted many people who may have known the answer to this question (Dennis Wise, Ken from Coronation Street, Phil Collins) but all with no reply.
If possible, is there any way you can confirm, once and for all, the category in which the fig roll sits please? There is talk about VAT, and whether it is paid on cakes, but not biscuits, or vice versa, and there's also the argument that fig rolls go hard if left, whereas biscuits always go soft…??
We are unsure…there is divided opinion… frankly, we need expert advice, so we've come to you.
Many thanks, would really appreciate any feedback on the issue.
P.S. Your article "21st Century Fig Festival" was very interesting, informative and a revelation.
|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
||Nicey, Wifely, et al,|
Where can I get a good cuppa in London? Do British Rail cafeteria still exist?
|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
Just found the site via a Crawfords Morning Coffee search and WOW! I'm home at last. On the subject of the M.C. I can just say it literally keeps me alive. Having to have about a dozen tablets a day and being the world most useless pill taker, I hunted high and low for a biscuit with which to get the suckers down (a search that would have been a lot easier with your FAB site). Eventually I ended up back where I had started... Morning Coffee. This humble biscuit provides the necessary post dunked consistency to hide the nastiest medication. But I must give a word of warning to the M.C. connoisseurs out there. After reading about the stocks of superior Crawford adorning shelves at Morrisons stores I sent a friend out to purchase some for me. Gutted is not in it... She came back with these interlopers (pictured)! Which are more like thin babies rusks and when dunked adopt the structural rigidity of steamed rhubarb. BE WARNED, do not be taken in by these Dutch, I repeat DUTCH impostors.
Keep the faith M.C.Lovers
GDubbs of Gee Cross
|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.
||I sent your fruit cake recipe to my dad, who is a great fan of making and more importantly eating fruit cakes, and he sent the following reply:|
“Fascinating website and interesting recipe but is Nicey a fraud or, perhaps, a fruitcake? A true fruitcake disciple would know that June is the wrong season for a Focus on Fruitcakes; they can mature in the summer but they should be eaten only in Autumn and Winter.”
|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.
I spotted that you had a page all about Mince Pies. I am a huge fan of Mince Pies and have started a site all about Mince Pies. At work I have organised a group of folks to undertake testing of Mince Pies and score them. So I've published the results in a site mincepieclub. This year we tested over 20 different pies!
Hope that your readers will find this interesting?
|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.