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At my Welsh class last night we were very kindly given a plate of biscuits to go with our tea. Amongst them were some Maries. It's been many years since I've indulged in that childhood favourite, the Marie Sandwich (with best salty Welsh butter, of course) and I was horrified to notice that although the biscuits had lots of little dimples there were no actual holes.
This means that you wouldn't get the little butter worms when you squeezed the biscuits together. Is this the usual state of affairs these days, or were we supplied with inferior Maries? (Incidentally, an Australian girl in the class said that her favourite Marie Sandwich involved butter and vegemite. Doesn't bear thinking about, really!)
|Nicey replies: Noswaith dda Sue,
If your looking to blame somebody then try the Dutch I think they make most of the Marie biscuits we eat.
When I was a teenager, if we had run out of biscuits (usually Friday, as Saturday was "big shop" day), we used to butter Weetabix and eat them with our cuppa. They were lovely by the way, a bit messy though. I quite fancy one now.
|Nicey replies: Oh yes we have all done that I think at some time or another, but the younger members of staff haven't been exposed to it as yet. Maybe I'll conduct some field trials on them at the weekend.. meaning I'll find a field for us to try it in.
We often pass by the Weetabix factory close to Kettering, which is tremendously exciting given the number of lorries there that look like giant packs of Weetabix.
||Dear Nicey and the wife,|
Hurrah for the new butter icon. I was particularly pleased to note the use of a butter dish.
It is quite some time since I have tasted butter and as I was applying my low fat, heart friendly, usable-straight-from-the-fridge olive based spread to my multi-grain bread this morning, I wondered if some of your younger readers had even tasted real butter.
I would be interested to know whether the butter dish is still in common use give that most butter-like substances these days come in their own plastic tub. Perhaps a survey is in order.
|Nicey replies: Our fridge came with one as one of its accessories, it rules. That's some ASDA Smartprice butter in there by the way. Go on go treat yourself and buy some and just have it on some crumpets or toast, or maybe even toasted hot cross buns. You'll be alright.
If you are going to talk about glueing two biscuits togther with something, the ONLY choice is a pair of digestives joined with chocolate spread. Heaven !
Rich tea works as well but not as good as your proper digestive. The spread needs to be the smooth stuff, not the type with nuts in it.
I think I feel the need to go and make one of these now...
As an avid - if new - fan of your wonderful site, I felt I could not let the e-mail regarding biscuits spread with butter pass. When I too was a young biscuit eater, my grandparents - Grandpa in particular - used to be very big supporters of the Marie biscuit. Even at such a young age I can clearly remember making the distinction between the Rich Tea and the Marie.
Anyway, I digress, to make this snack in between meals more exciting Grandpa would spread a generous layer of butter between two Marie's. Oh the excitement and challenge of trying to create more butter curls via the little holes in the surface of the biscuit than my older brother! I think there need to be more interactive biscuits on the market that allow for such adaptation.
Keep up the excellent work ensuring the nation - indeed the world - remain abreast of all things tea, biscuit and sit down related.