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|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.
||Dear Nicey and other fellow cake bakers|
I can't wait to try your lovely cake recipe, but in the meantime, can I save you some time and effort? My cake baking has been revolutionised by these wonderful cake tin liners - they take away the annoying time-wasting greasing and lining part of the procedure; and they also make the cakes look very professional and save on washing up! (there are other shapes available, such as for tea loaves and muffins/small cakes)
I'm sure you already know about Lakeland, but they're an excellent source of all things home-baking, preserving, tea-making, etc.
Best of luck with the cycle ride; I hope the weather's kind (we don't want the wind and/or rain extinguishing the flame from your stove mid-tea preparation, do we?) I look forward to your report of the expotition (as a certain small, rotund Bear who liked hunny used to call it)
|Nicey replies: Yes I have pondered over those on the odd occasion we find ourselves in the Lakeland in town.
As for the weather, the stove will be fine, I too will also be fine as I have invested in a lovely big yellow cycling cape as worn by the Dutch, and I am led to believe by Wifey, disowned husbands.