Last Friday we had a staff meeting and someone bought a box of Millie's cookies to keep us from eating our own legs during the afternoon. I thought I'd try a toffee one. The toffee had leaked out and set around the edges of the cookie and as a result was very hard and very sharp. Slashing your hand open with a cookie during planning for next year's service agreement does not, I'm afraid, add much to your professional reputation. Be warned!
|Nicey replies: Most Millies cookies I've been forced to sample have the texture of a dishcloth, which makes this is even more of a concealed hazard. Still it kept you from having to eat your legs I hope.
Nicey (Still traumatised and slighty queazy from an unprovoked spate of giant foot wide heavily iced Millies birthday cookies ten years or more ago)
On a recent adventure the French Alps I discovered that when the French aren't making fine wine and excellent cheese, they busy themselves with a spot of Marmot Tea making. Unfortunately, despite they niceness of the illustration on the packet (two marmots enjoying a nice cup of tea, and a sit down), the tea itself turned out to taste of very little, and we were left disappointed by the drinking experience.
However, the website that I found advertised on the box almost made up for it www.les2marmottes.fr - it has a rather pleasing animation on start up that tells a tale to warm the cockles. Thought you might like it also.
The conclusion of my investigation was that while there are plenty on places for a good sit down in alpine areas, you are best avoiding the cups of tea, and opting for the nice cup of vin chaud and a sit down instead. Nothing to report on the biscuit front, so think further research is needed.
|Nicey replies: Indeed. Never ever expect the French to produce a decent tea bag. Doubly so if they are basing their inspiration on a the leaf litter dragged into the borrow of a large alpine rodent. I could go on.|
Lotus Caramelised Biscuits Review
You probably get lots of requests to identify biscuits, so sorry if this is another one you can't help with!
I don't know if you have seen the Direct Line adverts on TV, where there is a woman in the garden with her dog, and she tucks into a biscuit after Direct Line make her happy. It's a square biscuit. looks the same colour as the Lotus Caramelised biscuits and has swirly patterns on it.
They look like a nice biscuit to have with a cup of tea but I have no idea what they are!
Of course you might not have seen the adverts, in which case never mind!
|Nicey replies: I hadn't noticed but I shall pay special attention now and report back my findings.
I like studying adverts, at the moment I'm paying special attention to the Pantene shampoo advert. The girl with the very long hair is so pleased at how shiny its become that it has turned her ever so slightly evil. She uses her mirror shine hair to annoy a sleeping stubbly bloke by dangling the ends of it in his face. I've noticed that just lately the stubbly bloke has anticipated her doing this and is now partially awake. Presumably he finds it increasingly hard to sleep soundly knowing that hair dangly girl could sneak up at any moment.
Custard Cream Review
|As a longtime devotee of the classic Custard Cream biscuit, I was intrigued to find a recipe by Nigella Lawson for making your own. She has published this recipe in the Valentine's section of her book 'Feast' and urges you to make them in kitchy heart shapes. Unable to resist a challenge, I have made a batch and can report that they are every bit as nice as bought custard creams - maybe even nicer because you can put in as much cream filling as you like!|
I am attaching a picture for your perusal.
|Nicey replies: And you did all that without mentioning Valentines Day (actually you did, and so did I now).|
Flew back from working in Dublin yesterday. Ryanair served me with the requested cup of tea and my god, it was the second worst cup I'd ever had. Some strange Indian brand I'd never heard of. It had brown bits of crap all over the top of it. Not tea dust and not tea leaves, just some crap. Then the gave me coffee cream to put in it! It tasted as you would imagine.
They should take a tip out of the Easyjet PG Tips tea choice.
|Nicey replies: Whilst I have no desire to bring down the wrath of a budget airline upon us, it does let me use a very succinct set of icons. |