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||...in my new book, The Handbook of Organic and Fair Trade Food Marketing (published on February 19th)|
I just thought Iíd stick it in the recommended websites appendix and see if anyone noticed. They didnít, so you are in.
The book is a £100 academic textbook in how to market organic and Fairtrade foods, more info at blackwellpublishing
Keep up the good work !
All the best
|Nicey replies: Simon,
Hoorah for academia and thank you for the mention! I was pleased to see that our book which is in Cambridge University Library warranted the creation of three of its own catalogue categories 'Tea -Great Britain - Humour', 'Afternoon Tea -Great Britain - Humour' and rather worryingly 'Cookies - Great Britain - Humour'. I assume that the Librarian involved must be American.
Mind you Wifey informs me that apparently Trinny and Suzanna mention us in the back of their latest book so you are in good company.
I was driving back home from Chester to Bristol on business yesterday. As with a lot of A roads there were quite a few roadside parking areas some of which contained the usual bacon buttie van. However, as I passed one such lay by I was amazed to see a van parked up selling solely biscuits. What a great idea. He was missing a trick though as he was not selling tea to accompany the biscuits and there were no seats to be found. I'm sure he's working on this to provide a more complete roadside service.
|Nicey replies: Hello Jim,
How charming. I'm guessing from your description that would have been some kind of enchanted van, possibly with pixies (good or evil) knocking out the biscuits behind the scenes. Did the purveyor have a brightly coloured hat or suit and strange moustache, and a name along the lines of Dr Munchbiccie? Perhaps it was all part of a scheme to abduct IT professionals who have strayed too far from their offices and take them back to his magic castle. It would most likely be somewhere on the M4 corridor. There he'll enslave them in forced labour toiling to program some enormous back office system to administer afore mentioned magic castle using some evil technology platform (fill in your preferred evil technology - I'll take ASP thank you).
Did you spot a very large net?
Did the van play sinister yet spell binding ice-cream van music?
So many questions - don't suppose you got a photo.
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
I wrote to you recently regarding our impending Tiffin competition which took place on Wednesday at 11:00.
The idea for the competition was conceived by ?confirmed bachelor? Richard Heslop in an attempt to promote cooking as a manly pursuit.
There were seven entrants on the day and seven judges, hand picked for their notable experience and expertise in the sampling of cakes, biscuits and other comestibles. The entries were anonymous to ensure that the judges remained impartial.
The entries were judged on a number of factors including appearance, chocolate content, fruitiness, texture and taste. The judging was taken very seriously and the contestants were made to wait for almost an hour while the judged deliberated and conferred.
Eventually, and somewhat surprisingly, first place and the prestigious ?Tiffing Cup? were awarded to my own entry, a traditional fruit based Tiffin made with cocoa powder. I can put my success down to the many hours spent researching the subject of cakes and biscuits on your splendid site.
Second place went to 4 year old Oliver Lewis with an excellent first effort.
Yummy mummy Nicky Lewis said that she was delighted with the result and we could look forward to Oliver?s entry in the next competition.
Third place was awarded to ?Comedy? Roy Nash with a surprisingly novel entry involving salted pistachio nuts.
First prize was awarded to entry number 4 (bottom left in the first picture), second prize to number 5 (far left on the second picture) and third went to entry number 1 (top right on the first picture.
The winning recipe is shown below:
Keith's Award Winning Tiffin
- 250g Digestive biscuits
- 125g Ginger Nuts
- 50g Raisins
- 50g Sultanas
- 50g Glace Cherries (cut into quarters)
- 50g Dates (chopped)
- 25g dried cherries
- 150g Unsalted Butter
- 30g Soft Brown Sugar
- 4 heaped tablespoons cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons golden syrup
Crush half of the digestives into crumbs and break the remaining biscuits into small pieces.
Put the biscuits into a bowl, add the fruit and mix well.
Cut the butter into cubes and melt slowly in a large saucepan with the sugar, cocoa powder and golden syrup. Keep stirring while the butter melts.
Add the biscuits and fruit and mix well so that everything is well coated.
Put into a 7" x 11" tray and spread with the back of a spoon.
Allow it to cool before putting it in the fridge for about an hour to set.
Remove from the tray and cut into 24 pieces.
|Nicey replies: Dear Keith,
Thanks ever-so for letting us know the out come of the Tiffin competition on Wednesday at 11:00.
We are hugely impressed at the number of entries their quality and the degree inventiveness shown by all who took part. Special congratulations of course to you the winner. Now generally as a rule we don't post recipes on NCOTAASD as it brings in floods of mails from individuals out there who think the whole site should turn into some enormous great cook book. There is quite enough of that already on the interweb. This is closely followed by those wanting tea reviews who think Wifey and I should deprive ourselves of much needed PG Tips and start drinking our way through random teas just so we can say how much we really want a cup of PG instead something we clearly aren't enjoying as much.
However, as a mark of our respect for this magnificent achievement we shall publish your recipe, only the second one in our entire history. Well done to Oliver Lewis too, clearly an emerging talent for the future.
In fact, I send a case of Japanese "BLACK THUNDER" biscuit to the crews "Black Thunders" of FM "ESSEX", today!
I had not known that there were many "Black Thunders"of FM radio stations in the U.K. I was not able to notice it before.
And now, I suppose that you told me the crews of "Cambridge", not "Essex".
Oh, How pity I am! I am a careless person.
I hope "Black Thunders of "ESSEX" at least enjoy Japanese "Black Thunder "biscuits.
Anyway ,I will let you know that.
I always appreciate your brilliant website ,
And please accept my apology for my carelessness.
Hiromi Miura (Tokyo Japan)
|Nicey replies: Good Morning Hiromi,
Don't you worry, I think any FM Radio station in the UK will be just as surprised and thrilled to get a random delivery of unusual Japanese biscuits. As you say most of them seem to have a Black Thunder of their own (I think they are all part of the same company). Anyway Essex is next door to us and it's where I was born, and I have lots of family there so that's all fine. I'm quite excited about how confused and puzzled they are going to be! It's a wonderful thing you have done and you should be very proud.
A big NCOTAASD Hoorah for you!
As a family man can you please help out an expectant father? In order to keep his wife happy in her current, interesting, condition he needs a supply of wafer biscuits filled with orange cream. We've found the Tunnock's Florida ones in your reviews, but the ones he needs are chocolate free.
The biscuit experts on the team haven't been much help, so we are turning to you, the biscuit meister.
|Nicey replies: Very tricky Sue as you know Orange Cream is a difficult thing to find in most biscuits, but take chocolate out of the equation its like hens teeth.
OP just down the road from you do an uncovered Lemon Wafer as their nearest.
Not sure if a trip to France to retrive La Paile D'Or would find an Orange version, I don't recall one and LU's websites are woeful so I can't tell from there.
I only had to go on one quest for food for Wifey, which involved digging up a stray and rather gnarled spinach plant that had established itself in the front garden and presenting it to her on toast. Relatively easy in comparison to this task.