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As I put down my nice cup of Chinese tea and a half eaten plain chocolate Hob-Nob (don't worry, it'll be eaten by the time I finish writing this), I was reading a couple of letters posted regarding Nasty Biscuits and Flagship biscuits from other nations, and then I realsied that I have come across a biscuit that fits both criteria.
Now, I know that I'm and ex-pat living in the US, but I really must say that the OREO is one of the most revolting things I have ever tasted. It's a national icon over here, and I'm probably risking getting lynched for slamming it, but it's been around for ninety years and it bloody tastes like it has!. Two pseudo-chocolate rounds sandwiching an even dodgier tasting creme filling. Simply Revolting! Even Happy Shopper Super Cheap Own Brand Bourbons are infinitely better that them. I mean, look at the colour, the damn things are nearly black! Put one in your mouth and you'll be yearning for a "Nice" biscuit to take away the horrible taste.
Don't get me wrong, those fresh Chocolate chip cookies they have over here are actually pretty bloody good (although I'm not sure that they really count as biscuits). I just can't see what everyone likes about Oreos.
|Nicey replies: Hello again,
I think the most suspect thing about Oreo's is the eating instructions on the outside, what does that say about the IQ of the intended customers?
I have had Oreos and they aren't too exciting. I see that they are covering them in all sorts gloop to make them more appealing like mint fudge. This to seems like an admission of defeat, if they were all right in the first place they wouldn't need to be mucked about with.
Great site and all but, after consuming most of a McVities Jamaica Cake with friend last night, I wanted to ask whether you'd be extending the series to cover the more 'civilized' end of the 'tea and dipping' spectrum?
Check out McVities' wrapper for their Jamaica Cake (modern, looks like a huge aero in a cake container) and then check out the packaging for a McVities Golden Syrup cake (classic, art deco, silvery - a touch of class that has been changed in nigh on 100 years).
I think you'll get where I'm coming from.
Cheers & respect
By the way, I don't mean EVERY cake - just the ones you'd put out in slices on a nice tray by a warmed, bone china teapot at about 4pm every weekday... Mmmmmmmm
|Nicey replies: Our horizons most definitely extend to cake, as stated in our mission statement. Those McVities cakes you mention are indeed inspirational.
We are quite keen of the Lemon iced madeira cake, as seen in Tescos and Waitrose. Maybe I could fit "cake of the month" into my hectic schedule.
Listen, Im no rocket scientist (although I do work for NASA, and am working on the development of advanced ion optics, which are critical components of ion-based propulsion engines) but I do love your site. It's the best thing on the web by some 700 mega-bourbons. But enough of this idle chatter, I have a question - when are you going to do a feature on 'packed lunch' biscuits - Breakaways, Penguins, Blue Ribands, and those of a similar ilk? Kids love em, I love em, and an in-depth review is long overdue. I trust you will correct this oversight forthwith.
|Nicey replies: We have already taken a step in the direction you suggest with the Wagonwheel. I'm sure we will get round to many of the chocolate covered biscuits you suggest.
P.S. See if you can do something about the acceleration those ion drives, its a bit dismal.
||dear mr nice,|
i am writing to you to try and gather support for a new law i want to introduce.
I really think it should be illeagal to make tea in a cup - BRING BACK THE POT! people have started getting so particular about their cup of tea - milky but strong, just a dash of milk and don't leave the bag in too long etc..... and that is before you have even discussed sugar! I am sick and tired of it and just think how great the old sit down with a nice cup of tea (that has been poured out of a pot) was, if you like it stronger you would wait a little longer and then pour, adding your own milk and sugar, how lovely and relaxed.
It is such a hassle especially when you have more than 1 guest because you don't get a good sit down.
i am also suggesting that if people will insist on making tea in a cup then we should have an industry standard cup of tea
5 parts water + 1 part milk + (2 x minutes of brewing) = industry standard cup of tea (you can add your own sugar) i have arrived at this conclusion through taking the 3 most requested cups of tea, minus the sugar, then divided by milk to cup ratio by 3, water to milk ratio by 3 and added the brewing times together divided by 3 and ended up with this. what do you think mr nice?
|Nicey replies: Dear Miss Hands,
I think your suggestion has merit, the pot is the basis for truely nice cups of tea. What most people don't seem to
recognise is that the majority of tea bags on the market are for two cups of tea not one, thats why you get those little stainless steel teapots which make two cups from one bag. Therefore teabags on the whole are meant for a pot deployment.
We get the pot out when we have friends over to Castle Nice. Hoorah.
PS. Are you related to Mr Hands of the extended sit down fame?
||dear mr nice,|
mr hands of the extended sit down fame is indeed a relative, my younger yet considerably larger brother, and he certainly is a master of the extended sit downs. we fondly refer to this as position 'A'. you maybe wondering if there is such a thing as position 'B' and yes there is - and we often assume this position on a saturday about mid day - a nice lie down and a cup of tea. position 'B' can also be assumed on a friday/ saturday night - a nice lie down and a can of stella, i should also add that position 'B' can only be truly atchieved in front of a television set provided that there is ample sofa space. I think that the vision behind position 'b' is nursing a hangover or intending to atchieve one.
|Nicey replies: Its good to know that there people who take their sitting down as seriously as the Hands siblings, by developing their own sit down notation.