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Having established yourself as an oracle of biscuit-related information, I would love to hear your opinion on this matter of vital importance: when faced with a box of selected "biscuits for cheese", how does one differentiate between the biscuits and the crackers? Is there some officially designated definition? Certainly in my experience, crackers seem to be hard, brittle and full of large air pockets, while biscuits are crumblier, slightly more moist and denser. But where does this leave the enigmatically named "water biscuits"?
|Nicey replies: There is are two simple tests for crackers VS biscuits.
1) Would you dunk a load of them in your tea?
2) Would you eat them with cheese?
If the answer is NO to the first and YES to the second then they should be crackers.
If you want to think of Rich Tea biscuits as a dazzling spectrum of sumptuous flavours then simply eat a Water Biscuit before hand.
||From Brian Barratt, English Gentleman In Exile For 50 Years, Now Resident In Melbourne, Australia. No flowers, please.|
What a lovely site.
I've been waiting for you to tell the world about Arnotts Tim-Tam biscuits. One of my neighbours (we're awfully neighbourly down here, you knw) was once Chairman of Nabisco, which used to be a Very Big Biscuit Company. In his world travels, he tasted many biscuits (what a lovely time he had). He declared that the FINEST chocolate biscuit IN THE WORLD was one made the rival firm, Arnott.
Nabisco have gone. Arnott are part of some *m*r*c*n conglomerate (as far as I know), but TIM-TAM biscuits have not become cookies and they are still on sale. If I could afford to (I'm a poor old pensioner, you see, subsisting on cups of tea) I would post some samples to you.
(I can't eat them myself, you understand, because I must not eat fatty things now I'm an elderly gentleman. Not even STILTON CHEESE, dammit.)
What a lovely site. And I'm sure TheWife is such a lovely lady.
Greety things be unto thee
|Nicey replies: Brian,
Thank you for that charming email. We are always on the look out for the flagship biscuits of other nations, maybe one day we'll get to try the notorious Tim-Tam.
Sorry to hear about your chocolate biscuit and cheese regime.