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|Revd. Stephen Day
Cornish Fairings Review
Just got back from Cornwall, and I'm sorry to report that your "missing in action" section may soon have to include the Cornish Fairing
An intensive search in Truro this morning discovered only one shop (a patisserie) selling the biscuits, and the proprietor said that they weren't going to be available any more as Furniss were in receivership.
On the other hand, the Camborne and Redruth Packet has potentially better news
One for NCOTAASD HQ to keep an eye on...
Hope your summer holiday was at least as good as mine, and with fewer blisters !
|Nicey replies: Hi Steve,
Thanks for the on the spot reporting on important Cornish biscuit matters. Lets hope they can sort it out.
We had a lovely time in France, no blisters although it may take some time to erase the psychological scaring of having to play mini-golf in torrential rain.
Here is a rousing picture of some cakes with France in the background, taken on the same day as the mini-golf incident.
Jam Sandwich Creams Review
|Dear Nicey, |
We are attending a rather boring seminar for 2 days next week and need something to keep us occupied. Do you have any suggestions for "interesting" biscuits that would both entertain us in the boring parts of the seminar and provide a nourishing snack to keep the brain active. These biscuits would also have to travel well (Birmingham to Slough) as there may be no guarantee of their supply at the venue.
Thanks in anticipation,
|Nicey replies: Good advance planning skills. Of course depending on how deadly the seminar is depends on how carefully you'll have to think about the biscuits. If its really really dull then almost anything fancier than a Rich Tea will lift your spirits. You probably want to keep things within in reason as truly inspiring biscuits might cause you to rise up the shackles of your oppressive seminar and slope off for an early lunch, there by getting you into trouble.
I'm thinking Jam and Cream sandwiches, as they have those little protective plastic trays. Also there is a lot of action in the Burtons Cadburys range right now and you should find something there that has been unexpectedly half coated in chocolate, and in need of investigation.
Lu Petit Dejeuner Review
|Dear Honourable Biscuit gentleman;|
In two weeks time i will be moving to France to study (it's ok though, i saw that the Auchan across the road stocks McVities Digestives). I had been intrigued by the various breakfast biscuits that i saw on display last week and thank you most heartily for this analysis- it's like thor himself urged you to write that review in order to facilitate my living and make breakfasts a little more pleasurable. Perhaps i will have to become a cake woman for the next three years? (if you're ever in Finland, by the way, i recommend the Korvapuusti [lit: ear rolls- never let it be said that those Fins don't like to mix up the controversy] ).
You didn't happen to see any gingernuts over in France-land, did you?
p.s. if you ever get stuck for language in France, remember that an 'alors' and a 'd'accord' will always get you far
|Nicey replies: Good luck in France - a couple of crates of Tea Bags, proper biscuits, Marmite, Marmalade, Baked Beans, Branston Pickle, Custard Powder, Mint Sauce, Horse Radish Sauce, assorted Curry paraphernalia and some proper fruitcake should get you through the first couple of months with your sanity intact. You'll just have to live on your wits if you want to find sensible bacon for a sandwich.
As for Gingernuts not a sign of them (refer to above!).
The Rev Stephen Day has extensive experience of Finland, as he was on a deep undercover mission out there for a couple of years as a telecomms type bloke. Being suitably clever he even claims to be able to read some of their biscuit packets too. Largely but not entirely unrelated, he reports back from a recent walking holiday in Cornwall that the Cornish Fairing is in big trouble once again.
As for 'Alors' I usually use that followed by a deep intake of breath when commencing any cake business in France. It sets the the tone nicely.
||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
I had the pleasure of a cup of tea (in fact a whole pot all to myself), some biscuits, and a sit-down recently that was so wonderful I felt the need to blog about it.
Having blogged about it, the thought occurred to me that I should probably share it with you.
Seriously, if you ever find yourself in the Warwick/Leamington Spa area, seek out this cafe. You won't be disappointed.
|Nicey replies: The chocolate cakes do sound a bit out this world and certainly fit for a king, or at least a Prince of Wales.|
Morning Coffee Review
Just read your review of Morning Coffee - it was never a real favourite of mine, but i did use it for one of my more ostentatious biscuit based experiments in the early eighties.
This was to see how many biscuits could be dunked at one time in a standard sized mug of tea, and the dimensions of Morning Coffee proved ideal. I would pile them on top of one another, grab between forefinger and thumb and then dunk - this would then be placed in the mouth whole.
My record was nineteen.
Hope you are well and love the site.
Ben (lifelong biscuit and cake fan)