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Just back from London for the second time this year, with another stash of Hobnobs. I vote for the Hobnobs in self-sealing tubes for purely selfish reasons: I haul them stateside and ration them throughout the year, so tubes are better for packing integrity and year-round freshness. This time around, I also purchased two copies of your book -- for a friend in another state and myself -- and plan to read it with a nice cuppa and some of my hard-won Hobnobs. My husband and I bought an extra suitcase to bring our dirty laundry back, and reserved the "good" suitcase for the Hobnobs. In case our precious suitcase was lost in transit, we also hand carried 13 tubes of Hobnobs. In total, we brought back 37 tubes this time. Next time, I will bring a bigger suitcase. A true test of friendship: I will share my Hobnob haul with my friend.
San Jose, California
|Nicey replies: Maggie,
That really is an awful lot of HobNobs, I'm sure the people at McVities will be dabbing away a small tear of pride from the corner of their eyes. It also sounds wise that you are sharing them with your friend. Also very pleased to see you bringing some PG Tips to San Jose, this will go a long way to redressing the balance for that cup of tea I had there in 1999 (chapter 1 of the book!).
I thought I would keep you up to date with our tea related race in the lake district.
It went down a storm and in the end team gingerbread won it. The weekend was great fun to organise and everyone who took part is desperate to have another race. as a result there will be another TRC next year.
Stay tuned! Visit our website at: teamteacake.com
|Nicey replies: Horrah for all of you,
Thanks for keeping us up to date with your cycle-tea-and-cake marathon. Well done for showing the value of exercise! It enables one to have their cake and eat it too although seven times in one day does seem excessive. Team NCOTAASD enjoy a good bit of mountain biking, especially if we are a bit lost in forest. Good luck with next years charity one.
I have been press ganged into a Children In Need Fun-Run on Friday lunch time. 'Fun' and 'Run' are two words I would not expect to find in the same sentence let alone joined with a hyphen, so wish me luck. I have signed the disclaimer absolving them of responsibility if I keel over half way round.
Edit Right we did it but I fear I may never walk again. Taking to the bath with a cup of tea and some Ibuprofen.
Just dropping you a line to tell you about the rather splendid offer on at M&S at the moment.
For those that like the Bahlsen 'Messino' jaffa cakes (my primary source of nutrition), the M&S ones appear to be exactly the same. The box is the same shape, the tray is the same, they look the same, they taste the same... oh and it says proudly on the box, "Made In Germany". But, best of all, they are 2 packs for 99p at the moment! Life does not get any better than this.
|Nicey replies: A bargin indeed!|
My working week is shared between the delighful town of Reading, and Moorgate in the City. A little too much Reading if you ask me, but that’s another story.
Anyways, having seen Chris Hollis’ post about the stash of Plain Chocolate Hob Nobs in EC2 and being fortunate enough that today was one of my Moorgate days, I raced down to find the aforementioned sweetshop. Sitting proud upon the shelf were eight tubes of Plain Chocolate Hob Nobs (best before 28/04/07). I bagged two of them at £1.40 a pop – the temptation to snaffle the lot did pass my mind but I felt I should leave a few for other fellow PCHN (I agree – the correct acronym) hunters.
£1.40 might seem a lot, but it’s cheaper than getting your friends in Melbourne to pick them up for you which is something I was seriously contemplating.
Another invaluable service has been provided by your excellent website.
I thank you.
I’ve just enjoyed a splendid biscuit, so, when I returned to my desk, I typed “Best Biscuit” into Google, as you do, and arrived at your most interesting site.
Like your recent correspondent (Julie Marlow), I am an expat living in Melbourne, and the biscuit that transported me today was an Arnott’s Chocolate Shortbread. Confusing I know, since it’s neither short, nor bread, but as we know nomenclature in the biscuit world is inconsistent at best (i.e. Jaffa Cakes). We really need an international naming convention to sort it out once and for all. Conforming biscuits could advertise the fact on their (cardboard) packets as in: HobNobs (Approved – Societe Internationale de Biscuit Nomenclature, Geneva). Anyway, I digress. The ACS is redolent of Dundee biscuits that I used to enjoy in the schoolyards of my youth, in darkest Sheffield. Extremely moreish, with a pleasingly doughy texture , and lots of clag. You’re picking clumps out of your molars for hours.
|Nicey replies: Good plan in the biscuit naming body, but I can't see its decisions being adhered to if its based in Geneva, as Swiss biscuits are mostly utterly woeful. Most of them would carve out a more useful living for themselves as packing material, given that they tend to be puffed up with air in some fashion, rather than being full of biscuity usefulness. I think I would be tempted to site it on the Isle of Man, which would make it handy for the British and Irish to thrash out the various issues we have in biscuit nomenclature. Actually there aren't too many but it would make a lovely long weekend for everybody and I haven't actually been there, only over it.
As for Dundee biscuits the unrest continues here as the authenticity of the ones produced by Cottage biscuits (see our missing in action section) was questioned by one meticulous correspondent. Never having had one I'm unable to comment.