Keep your e-mails pouring in, it's good to know that there are lots of you out there with views and opinions.
To help you work out what is what, are now little icons to help you see biscuit related themes. And now you can see at a glance which are the most contested subjects via this graph (requires Flash 6.0 plugin).
Please keep your mails coming in to email@example.com
If you like, you can use this search thingy to find stuff that matches with any of the icons you pick, or use the fantastic free text search, Yay!
||From Brian Barratt, English Gentleman In Exile For 50 Years, Now Resident In Melbourne, Australia. No flowers, please.|
What a lovely site.
I've been waiting for you to tell the world about Arnotts Tim-Tam biscuits. One of my neighbours (we're awfully neighbourly down here, you knw) was once Chairman of Nabisco, which used to be a Very Big Biscuit Company. In his world travels, he tasted many biscuits (what a lovely time he had). He declared that the FINEST chocolate biscuit IN THE WORLD was one made the rival firm, Arnott.
Nabisco have gone. Arnott are part of some *m*r*c*n conglomerate (as far as I know), but TIM-TAM biscuits have not become cookies and they are still on sale. If I could afford to (I'm a poor old pensioner, you see, subsisting on cups of tea) I would post some samples to you.
(I can't eat them myself, you understand, because I must not eat fatty things now I'm an elderly gentleman. Not even STILTON CHEESE, dammit.)
What a lovely site. And I'm sure TheWife is such a lovely lady.
Greety things be unto thee
|Nicey replies: Brian,
Thank you for that charming email. We are always on the look out for the flagship biscuits of other nations, maybe one day we'll get to try the notorious Tim-Tam.
Sorry to hear about your chocolate biscuit and cheese regime.
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
For your information, Tunnocks Tea Cakes of bathroom sealant fame are known as Mallow Puffs in New Zealand. Many thanks for informing me of their presence in the British Isles under a Scottish pseudonym. I shall now head to the supermarket without delay to consume a whole packet in the interests of comparative biscuit science. As to the merits or otherwise of these biscuits, I feel a key detraction is the thinness of the chocolate covering rendering the fingers like a typical two-year olds in under 3 seconds. If no-one is watching, this can be avoided by juggling the biscuit like a hot potato.
||HobNob biscuits are greatly enjoyed by young squirrels (no, really, this is|
true). We had a baby squirrel (his name was Vermin) a few years ago who
was found in the Meadows in Edinburgh as a cute infant who had fallen out of
his tree (I think his mother pushed him), brought home and largely reared on
HobNobs. Don't be fooled by squirrel propaganda about nuts - eating nuts
just makes them even more aggressive than they are normally. No, the bog
standard HobNob is the very man for squirrel rearing and produces a squirrel
who can handle himself in the wide world with all the grace and daring of a
complete psychopath. When he had left us to go about his lawful squirrel
occasions, he came back into the house on a regular basis to demand a
HobNob, which he would grab and run away with, kicking cats and Deerhounds
out of his way as he went.
|Nicey replies: What a fantastic tale of biscuits and animal rescue. Perhaps the Deerhounds should be fed on them as well, as they seem a bit placid compared to your extra hard squirrel. The younger members of NiceCupOfTeaAndASitDown's staff are eating a lot of HobNobs this week, I better keep a close eye on them for any psychotic tendencies.|
||Your piece about the use of bourbons as a unit of measurement was facinating as is the rest of the site, but sadly a few days ago i made a shock discovery of a bourbon which does not conform to the usual standard, i is in fact more similar in size to a custard cream. I was sadened by this flagrent flouting of bourbon dimensions and wondered what your input would be. For your information Te biscuits in question were produced at the dove valley bakery in utoxeter by a company called Elkes Bisciuts. I look forward to your reply whilst having a nice sit down|
|Nicey replies: Bourbon dimensions are flaunted at a manufacturers own risk, this will surely only lead to confusion and disorientation in the biscuit buying public.|
Firstly, what a lovely site. The idea of measuring things in "bourbons" and "kilobourbons" made me laugh out loud :)
Anyway, I have an important question; one that I think only you can answer.
*drum roll* How do you pronounce "Nice" when referring to that particular type of biscuit. On your site, you seem to be of the opinion it is "Nice" as in "not nasty"; with an "eye" sound in the middle, as you often mention how they are not actually "Nice" at all.
However, I have heard many people pronounce it as if it rhymed with "fleece"; like the town "Nice", in France.
Can you please clear up this matter as it has been bothering me for many years. I often find all conversation during a nice cup of tea and a sit down comes to a complete halt as soon as the "Nice" biscuits come out, and descends into argument.
Yours in hope of a final answer
|Nicey replies: Its pronounced "NICE". Hope that clears it up for you.|