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Naturally Fox's Review
|I've been becoming increasingly concerned about the growth in the use of palm oil in food which often comes from deforested areas of east asia, and constituting the biggest single cause of destruction of the orang utan's habitat. |
There is no requirement to label oil as palm oil so it usually appears as vegetable oil on the ingredients list. We all know butter makes a better biscuit than any hydrogenated vegetable oil substitute but it also saves orang utans and rainforests which we all like.
|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.
Just to update you and any of your NY readers who might be craving the mighty Digestive...
I did find another place that not only had Digestives, Jaffa Cakes, and Birds Custard (in tins and powder form), but also tins of rhubarb and a goodly selection of fresh English sausages. So you're catered for through the whole meal!
Myers of Keswick is the place, and is at 634 Hudson St, NY 10014.
Yes it's a shade pricey, but after a drought of Digestives for the last months, it was worth the extra few bucks.
|Nicey replies: Thanks Neil,
Yes that place looks like a life saver, thanks for passing it on.
Tregroes Toffee Waffles Review
Firstly, thanks for one of the most interesting and necessary websites I know of. It is often checked and much respected.
I am familiar with the Tregroes Waffles, I have enjoyed the regular and chocolate covered varieties, when I could get them from my local Deli in Brighton, UK. Then I was lucky enough to find caramel waffles at Starbucks, which are made by the same company, and delicious. At Christmas a chocolate covered variety and miniature pack are also available in Starbucks' stores.
I now live in Amsterdam, and as mentioned in some of the previous comments, this style of waffle is traditional here. At the local market you can see them being made and buy them warm, much in the way you might buy doughnuts at a market in the UK. They are also sold in supermarkets, as large waffles, organic large waffles or mini ones, which are very cute. They are called stroopwaffles in Dutch, literally syrupwaffles. And they are very good value, a bag of 10 large waffles may cost EUR1.99, at current exchange rates that's not so bad, is it? I try not to eat them too often, as they do tend to slip down a little too easily....
Thanks for letting me share my waffle experiences.....
A biscuit hungry, tea drinking slightly homesick expat.
|Nicey replies: I once visited that part of Holland and due to bad planning and youthful exuberance found myself sampling mostly raw herrings with bits of onion on them in the markets, rather than stroopwaffels.
||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
I think you'll be interested in this upcoming bank holiday festival in Donegal, in the North West of Ireland, where large quantities of tae and biscuits are consumed cupoftaefestival .
FYI 'tae' is the Irish and Hiberno-English for that which you refer to as 'tea'.
Love the website,
Diarmaid (Dublin, Ireland)
|Nicey replies: We were inspecting Donegal at a distance only last week in a our mammoth NCOTAASD Easter tour of Northern Ireland.
It's over there some where behind that Giant's Causeway.
Abbey Crunch Review
|Good day fine nicecupoftea.. folks. |
I have been living in Sweden for the last 3 years and have had distinct hankerings for something.. something which I couldn't place... A yearning... It was not until another English friend asked me last year if I wanted anything while he was back in England (besides decent tea bags and cheese with any sort of flavour at all which go without saying), that I realised what that long surpressed longing was... The desire to eat, of course, Abbey Crunch! When he reported to me that they were no longer to be found I was devastated. I sat just shaking my head.. Surely these were almost everybody's favourite biscuit... It was a terrible day...
I personally, in my lifetime, have got through enough packets of the little oaty wonders to make Tescos and McVities a tidy wee sum. And I am only one of 60 million biscuit munching brits.
Bring 'em back. Get 'em in and put the f**kin' kettle on fer heven's sake.
|Nicey replies: Yes a grim old business the end of the Abbey Crunch. I paraded my last pack which sits on the NCOTAASD desk on TV last week, when I went down to do a special program about biscuits on UK TV Food. The pack was 3 years and 2 days past its best before date. Renowned chef Mary Berry tried to console me by making a batch of Oaty biscuits for that were quite like Abbey Crunch, it was all very poignant. |