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I got married recently and for our wedding breakfast instead of the usual champagne and three course we went for cakes, scones, with and without fruit, jam and clotted cream, cakes, jam sandwiches, cakes, salmon sandwiches, cakes, wedding cake, cakes and as much tea as our guests could consume. Hoorah! It was a hit with all. However, imagine my horror when I saw my newly wedded husband loading his scone with cream and then jam! Well it was nearly the divorce courts right then. Apparently his whole family do it! Cream, being like butter. But I say, butter is like butter. Butter, jam, cream, it is the natural order of things.
We decided to have a look on your delightful site to see if you have the answer. We couldn't find anything obvious but
I dare say that this debate has raged in the past and as you were so helpful regarding the oat cake, cake or biscuit problem (you informed us it was actually a cracker) we wondered if you could help us here.
Yours, tea drinkingly,
|Nicey replies: Actually that was the very first poll we ran on the site and it came down as 72% jam then cream 28% cream then jam. So your old man is not alone just out numbered three to one.
I must protest in the strongest possible terms about your outrageous slur on the quality of the music at the Pontardawe Inernational Musidc Festival (see reply to our lovely Kate's extremely informative email). Our music is like...well...like the best biscuit you can imagine and slips down a treat with a nice cup of tea, as the attached photograph clearly shows (albeit in silhouette).
It is true, I confess, that some (undoubtedly errant) festivalites chose beer as their musical accompaniment. But others among us know what goes best with the cream of Celtic chords (a suitable title for a new biscuit, methinks).
I must tell you also, as a participant in our Kate's revealing survey that I did NOT go for the pinkie wafer...my credibility remains intact.
|Nicey replies: Yep sorry about that I really meant that I didn't know what your music was like but at least the tea and biscuits sounded good. However I've just checked out your excellent website and it sounds like this year you have been going from strength to strength. Wifey says we must go next year (she's said it twice now!).|
||Dear N & W,|
In reply to Kate's e-mail about the Pontardawe Festival, I would just like to mention, that the “Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down” zone was an absolutely fantastic idea! As a member of the backstage crew; this area was much appreciated by all who frequented it. Despite not being a stage hand this year, I still tried to get there when the mayhem abated and I had some time to my self. I was however disappointed that there were no chocolate malted milk biscuits. Maybe this is something you can sort out next year? The rich tea being the last biscuit to go has surprised me though, as I ate as may as I could! (It may have had something to do with the fact that I hadn't eaten properly for three days!) Hope the NCOTAASD zone makes a second appearance next year!
Isobel Stevenson - Craft Market Director of Gwyl Pontardawe Festival
|Nicey replies: Chocolate malted milk biscuits are terrific aren't they. Sorry did you want Kate to sort that out for next year or me?|
||Hello N & W,|
You may be interested to hear of a controlled experiment conducted last weekend at the Pontardawe International Music Festival.
Over the period of the Festival an area of the Artists Reception tent was a dedicated “Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down” zone. This proved to be a runaway success, proving that the music business isn’t all about sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll. Anyway, imagine our amazement when the pinkie wafers were a clear first-choice favourite with a large proportion of our control group – even when included in a yummie selection containing fig rolls, jaffa cakes, jammie dodgers and other quality confectionery. As this is clearly an unexpected result, could it be that our control group of musicians, arty-farties and Festival crew was a flawed sample for this sort of specialised test? Last to go were the finger Rich Tea – despite being the most dunkable on offer. What do you make of this?
|Nicey replies: Well my first impressions are that the Pontardawe music festival is certainly a highlight in the tea and sit down calendar if not the music one. Sue Northcott mailed us to say that she knocked up a highly successful batch of Rice Krispie Cakes (Buns if your Irish) especially for the event.
As for Pink Wafers you are right to point out this unusual tendency. Perhaps it was a peer pressure thing with the most respected artist picking them first and causing a small and localised fad.
I'm from one of oriental land TOKYO JAPAN. Last winter, I visited London with my husband. Then I ate "Party Ring"(Fox's). How cute and colourful biscuit it is!
By the way ,we have a biscuit similar to Party Ring in Japan. That name is "DOUBUTSU YOUCH".
DOUBUTSU means ANIMAL, and I,m sorry, I do not know what YOUCH means in both of Japanese and English.
So this is animal shaped biscuit with colourful icing on the surface of each. Its colours is mainly white, pink, yellow, green. When I get this in the Japanese store, I never fail to choice a packet which has less white and full of pink icing.
|Nicey replies: Thank you Hiromi,
It's always lovely to find out about iced biscuits from around the world, as they are not as popular as once they were here. Good to see some doing well in Japan.