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Nicey replies: Angela,

Thank you for that, its always good to hear about people willing to push at the boundaries of biscuit technology. Do you use a fresh piece of tape each time, and do you use one of those tape gun things if you do?

Actually I could see this approach becoming quite addictive, and going around taping up things around the house after one has used them. The cereal boxes, tubs of margarine, doors, pets etc.

Slightly concerned that your husband doesn't eat many biscuits.

Mark and Mandy
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Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
Nicey replies: Mark,

Thank you for that lovely description of morning tea and the mention of Lamingtons.

The name you seek is simply 'Teacake'. I admit that's not a terribly accurate or descriptive name given their splendour. Also there are flattish currant laden buns that also lay claim to that name.

Here is a picture of some that I took to reveal their inner workings. Burton's I believe, but Lee's a Scottish bakers perhaps make better ones. These have the gelatine based spongey marshmallow and can be safely injected with jam as seen here. The mighty Tunnocks teacake has egg white based mallow which is basically uncooked meringue, and shirks any mauling around with jam.

Closer to you in Tasmania, I'm sure Kiwi bakers Griffins produce Teacakes.

Fig rollsIrelandRest In Peace

Lincoln Review
Nicey replies: Yes the noble Lincolns are on their way out, although still listed on McVities web site as current product. It was announced last year that they would be discontinued in Spring 2007.

The demise of the Lincoln can be attributed to the River Eden in Cumbria, and Tescos and the others. The river burst its banks back in January 2005 and flooded United Biscuits historic factory in Carlisle causing biscuit manufacturing havoc. Many biscuits suffered including the Gingernut, Bourbon and Morning Coffee. It wasn't clear for a long time if the factory would actually fully repoen, or whether UB would take this as an opportunity to relocate.

By the time the Lincoln was back in production many large supermarkets had assumed it had gone for good and taken it out of their scheme of things. This is the kiss of death it would seem for most UB biscuits, which seem unable to survive unless they are serving a huge market place. Having said that we stopped close to Carlisle on our way to Ireland a few weeks back and in a local Spar bought a pack of Crawfords Fig Rolls. I have never seen these in a major UK supermarket and yet UB manage to keep making them without the patronage of Mr Tesco.

As for your cream filled Malted Milks they sound very useful. Fox's acquired Elkes biscuits in Uttoxeter some years ago who seem to specialise in Malted Milks and Custard Creams so I wouldn't mind betting they emanate from there.

Peter Burgess

Naturally Fox's Review
Nicey replies: Yes we raised just that point in our review of Naturally Fox's biscuits which use only butter. Of course, methane gas, a by product of dairy framing can't be overlooked either as it is apparently about 20 times as potent as CO2 in its greenhouse effect.

Still there are lots of interesting things happening in the area of dairy farming such as this methane powered farm

Having just come back from a holiday on a farm in Northern Ireland surrounded by fields of cows this would be a great if some agricultural company could start outfitting farms with this.

Neil Chase
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Digestive Review
Nicey replies: Thanks Neil,

Yes that place looks like a life saver, thanks for passing it on.