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||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.|
First up, I love your site. Well done! But I've noticed an oversight. Nobody so far has mentioned the legendary Cadbury's Animal Biscuits. Don't you remember them? They came in a variety of animal shapes (hence the name) and were made from the kind of smooth yet crunchy biscuit you find in the centre of a chocolate finger. On the underside there was a nice thick coating of chocolate, which was always corrugated with ridges. The biscuits came in a box decorated with lots of jaunty cartoon animal pictures. When I was a kid we used to get them as a special treat, and we thought they were gorge!
Also, chocolate coated rich tea biscuits are rather unusual and nice. I'm very big on all things chocolate coated. If I had my way, every biscuit would be chocolate coated. Even the Nice biscuit might be redeemed if they slapped a chocolate coating on it.
Kind Regards, Joanne.
|Nicey replies: Thank you J.H. for your message,
Yes there has been some discussion of Cadbury's Animals which as you point out are very nice indeed. I have only seen recently bags of mini Cadburys animals and these are made under license by the Horizon biscuit company whose track record is a bit iffy, they certainly didn't come up to the benchmark set by the original.
||Why hello there.|
I thoroughly enjoyed your site, it's good to know there are people out there focusing on life's important little details.
Just wondering if you'd included Anzac biscuits in your extensive collection?
The Anzac biscuit's country of origin, is much disputed here in our part of the world.
Like many things, such as Pavlova (most definitely a cake), Vegemite & Russell Crowe, both New Zealanders and Australians lay claim to the invention of the Anzac. What with us Kiwi's being renowned for our ingenuity and Australians being known as being, well, less so... I think it should be clear to any discerning biscuit eater this fine specimen's true origin.
Technicalities aside, the Anzac is a fine biscuit much loved by (at least 3) generations of us Kiwis and Aussies. I've included a link below in case you wanted to investigate further.
|Nicey replies: Thanks for that eMail.
I liked the recipes on the link, maybe I'll make some military strength biscuits with all the regulation holes. Hoorah.
I would love to see a picture of a real Anzac biscuit.
||Hello Mr Nice,|
I have just finished what was a monumental sit down. I got through an entire pot of tea and several Garibaldi's plus a cherry bakewell, it lasted for a good hour or so. I tell you because I think that the chair I was using played a vital role. It is made out of mahogany with a curved back and bevelled edges, it really is a chair for those people who are serious about having a jolly good sit down. As a result, I think that my humble little kitchen chair should be nominated for the "Sit Down of the Year Award". Do you have a favourite chair, and if so, what makes it provide such a fantastic sit down?
|Nicey replies: Mr Hands,
Fantastic news about the extended sit down. I have a number of favored chairs, my work chair is a "Fiord blue" gas pump swivel chair. The colour "Fiord blue" reminds me of the collected works of Norwegian songsters, A-ha, and I often hum "The sun always shines on TV", whilst drinking tea and munching biscuits on it.