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||Re John Doyle's email, the tin in question - and a host of others - is on display at the Huntley and Palmers exhibition in Reading Museum. All his Peek Frean questions will be answered there too - well worth a day trip.|
||Now then, nicey you've started something here haven't you? I'm hoping to obtain information through your quite nice web site about a particular biscuit tin which I encountered some years ago when I was a bit younger and working for a firm in Doncaster, (nice sort of place for a brief sit down). One of the old codgers in the workshop used to bring butties and sometimes biscuits to work in this special biscuit tin. For some obscure Yorkshire reason he called it his "snap tin." If I describe it, you may already be familiar with it or one of its cousins, if not, it could be a good idea for a feature. I must apologise in advance because some of the details to follow aren't exactly nice and if you're easily offended you might like to look away now.|
The subject of my enquiry is a round tin originally containing biscuits by Peek Freans, remember them? Well apparently so the story goes, the marketing department commissioned an artist to create a scene to be displayed on the lid and around the perimeter depicting a mixed family group enjoying a sunshiney, blue skyey picnic in the countryside amid meadow flowers and in the dappled shade of a blossom tree. What a lovely way to earn a living. painting pictures of people enjoying a nice cup of tea with some Peek Freans biscuits and sitting down in a meadow. It seems our artist chappy yearned for other challenges and wishing to dissuade Peek Freans from offering further commissions decided to add a few details to the scenes to indicate his lack of enthusiasm for this type of work and duly sent it off.
What should have happened didn't and the tin went not only into production but was filled with biscuits and sold in shops to people wanting a nice gift for their aunty. How many of these tins went into general circulation, I've no idea but I continue to scour charity shops and junk stores to try and discover and buy one for myself.
The details I'm afraid are a bit smutty and not really suitable for a nice web site. Suffice to say there must have been more than a few broken biscuits when aunty spied the man having wee, the two dogs making puppies and the bare bum rising between the thighs of an unseen accomplice.
Did I imagine it? Was it a dream? I don't think so. Have you heard of this tin? The public have a right to know. Do Peek Freans still make biscuits or did this tin sound the death nell for one of the finest bakers of lemon puffs in the world.
P.S. You'll never believe this but I'll tell you anyway, My wife's maiden name? Tea no kidding.
|Nicey replies: No that is of course a famous tin in the biscuit world. Biscuit Man! knows all about it and might even be able to get us a picture, I'll give him a shout.|
Now you know where I live, you must tell me when you are next in town for faggots and peas in the market. I live 5 minutes from the market and have the kitchen (See attachment) voted as the best in Ponty for a cup of tea and a sit down by the dozen or so people that drop in every day. And you can see my collection of tarty CUPS. And you can have tea from a pot. And biscuits from the barrel you can see on the mantlepiece in the photo. And my homemade bara brith and welshcakes (made daily). And a cake stand with doileys.
|Nicey replies: That really is a lovely kitchen, and so well equipped for sit downs, as well as the tempting homemade Welsh produce. I think the Wife has got a bad case kitchen envy as she is setting about ours with all sorts of machines and chemicals, as I type this.
We'll definitely look you up on our next trip to Ponty, and do a special report on your kitchen.
Just thought I would let you know that the tea money story is alive and well in South London.
When I was little my nan used to let me make tea for her and her friends (well she used to let me pour it out of the teapot after she had done all the other bits) She always used to say that I made the best cup of tea in the world which used to make me swell with pride. She used to praise highly the amount of 'money' I could get in each cup of tea. I think this is because the teapot was heavy and I was very small and so used to pour slowly and irregularly causing maximum money!
My Nan was the biggest tea and biscuit lover, she used to keep a kettle on the stove on a low heat all day and just turn up the gas a bit when she wanted a cuppa. She always had a well stocked biscuit barrel and used to favour the shortcake type varieties. Sadly my Nan died when I was in my 20's and I inherited her biscuit barrel, which always brings back fond memories sitting in the kitchen with her.
Anyway what about 'Happy Faces' like jammie dodger but with cream and a face on them...not sure if they sell them anymore?
|Nicey replies: Yay for your Nan's biscuit barrel. We love stuff like that. Of course my Nan introduced me to Abbey Crunch, but she also insisted on buying Safeway Petit Beurre biscuits which sort of passed me by a bit.
BN Happy Faces are still around, check out their modern incarnation as Penguin Splatz, not jam but cream instead.
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Great work on the site, I've been following it for about 8 months now. It was great to see you on Richard and Judy, and I've been quoting you regarding Jaffa Cakes.. "The clue's in the name".. I got a biscuit barrell for my birthday (with a proper knobbly handle on the lid and all..), with lots of fantastic biscuits, including Golden Syrup, Golden Crunch and Caramel Crunch as well as Jaffa cakes and Maryland Cookies.
Anyway, recently people have been asking where they can get Prince biscuits in the UK, and you've suggested "Hit" as an alternative, but I have found these elusive biscuits here! These rare specimins come from that most strange place known as Lidl. That's right, that odd, cheap, forgien supermarket sells Prince biscuits, as well as some other French biscuits. I bought a pack, as when we go to France, I make sure we get some as they are brilliant. By the time we had driven the 5 miles or so home, I had eaten half the pack.
Well, so long, and thanks for all the biscuits,
Fido Dido [Peter]
(biscuit fanatic and your humble fan)
|Nicey replies: Yay Peter,
Thanks for the Lidl tip off, we have one about 20 miles away, but my Mum who lives in South Wales has one dead near by so we raid that whenever we are there.