||Sylvia and Alice have been busy this September making very large and very fine cakes. Here is photographic evidence of our Battenburg slices and Butterfly buns. We would love to see them on your ever so splendid website.|
|Nicey replies: Exquisite work.|
|S K Chew
South East Asian Multireview Review
The zhishuyu is the hydrogenated vegetable shortening (probably palm oil based) and the pengsongji is the leavening agent probably Ammonium/Sodium Bicarb. Good Luck to you.
S K CHEW
|Nicey replies: Thanks very much, I'm very happy to have that cleared up, a nice way to close out the week.|
Bakers Iced Zoo Review
I love your website, having been pointed in its direction by my teenage daughter who came across the name somewhere and said it sounded like me.
Having grown up in South Africa I was delighted to read the references to Tennis biscuits and to find they are available (with a bit of effort) in England. They were one of my favourites when I was a kid, not so much because of the taste, though they do make a great ‘fridge cake’ – my mum used to make a rather good one involving lime jelly whipped with evaporated milk on a base of crushed Tennis biscuits; very Sixties but yummy – but because I loved the pretty lacy flower pattern.
On the subject of South African biscuits, the ones I remember best were Zoo biscuits, which were not chocolate biscuits but iced in pastel colours with (not very recognisable) silhouettes of animals on the front. Others might like to know that there is a stall on Brighton Pier which sells South African foods, including said Zoo biscuits, though they now seem to be iced in much more lurid shades than I recall. They taste the same though (and it’s still a challenge to work out what the animals are meant to be).. The best thing was being able to prove to my English children that they weren’t a figment of my imagination. At the same stall I also bought Fanta Grape (which I don’t think I’ve ever had in England) and a cake known as ‘koeksusters’, which are an extremely sweet and sticky plaited dough soaked in syrup, like a cross between doughnuts and the Middle Eastern pastry called baklava, but without the nuts. Does anyone else know these?
|Nicey replies: Yes we enjoyed our pack of Zoo biscuits, and decided that many of the animals were probably slugs.|
Custard Cream Review
|When I was treasurer of my union branch way back in the 1970s, one of my duties was to buy the tea and biscuits for the meetings. It was then that I discovered orange creams. These are very much like custard creams but with orange filling not vanilla. They are divine. Are they still for sale? It's a long time since I've seen them on a supermarket shelf. Perhaps an orange cream spotting competition with my grateful thanks as a reward?|
|Nicey replies: Every so often we get a mail from somebody trying to track down some Orange Creams. The last ones I saw in the wild were in the biscuit aisle of an Iceland as part of a three pack of custard, orange and coconut creams. The Iceland in question has since been demolished and a whole new set of of shops built, so it was a while back.
I have seen various flavoured cream biscuits originating from Ireland, such as raspberry creams and these were made I think under the Bolands brand which was used by Jacobs. These could occasionally turn up in the UK in small grocers and the like. Since the acquisition of Jacobs in Ireland by Fruitfield in 2004 I'm not sure what has been happening with the Bolands brand, or products. However we have heard that the Irish have fixed their Club Milk back from the rubbish raft format adopted in 2001 to the proper sandwich format we all know and love, so they certainly seem like a force for good.
Yes I am aware that I have completely wandered off the point now.
Tunnocks Wafer Review
You may have already heard of this, but while queueing in the kiosk at ASDA the other day, I spotted a "Giant" Tunnocks Caramel wafer. It wasn't particularly big - just a tad longer than a normal wafer but there were a few aspects that caused a double take and left me staring in disbelief. The first was that the addition of the word "giant", onto the otherwise traditional wrapper. The second was that they were being sold individually, and were individually wrapped in a wrapper akin to a chocolate bar. The third and most bizarre factor was it's placement - at the cigarette counter nestled amongst the Mars Bars, Bounties and the rest.
Being on a lunch break I didn't have time to wander to the biscuit aisle and was left wondering who's idea this placement was - ASDA or Tunnock's? Has anyone else witnessed this commado infiltrating foreign territory?
|Nicey replies: Well well well. Looks like Tunnocks have rolled their sleeves up and decided to tough it out with the likes of the KitKat Chunky and all those other renegades from the biscuit aisle. I reckon the plucky Scots might do well with this.|