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Your review of Lincoln biscuits stirred a almost lost memory which involved summer days a long time ago, a tent in the garden and super hero comics. Lincoln biscuits played a large part in this as they seemed to be the only buscuit that my mother ever bought. She must have secured a job lot of them. The key element to all this was that orange juice was the liquid companion to the Lincolns and I seem to remember that we used to dunk the buscuits in the juice. They were delicious.. I often wonder if this started me on the road to serious dunking in later life.
Love the site and all the best to Wifey
|Nicey replies: A bit of good news on the Lincoln front, despite McVities discontinuing them we have just spotted Jacob's Lincolns in Ireland. The Jacob's Lincoln's I've had in the past have been very nice indeed and are a little bit more golden than the pale McVities ones were.|
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
Your lovely website has caused quite a stir here at the University of Cambridge.
We were wondering if you could settle a long-standing argument and help us find out which chocolate tea cakes were the ones which had a bit of jam in them?
One of our Scottish staff proudly announced that it was Tunnock's, but the evidence on your site disproves this. Another colleague reckons it was Burton's but they no longer have the bit of jam, another swears that is was Marks & Spencer's own brand but they also no longer contain the jam for some reason, possibly the egg white / gelatine makeup of the mallow.
We would dearly love to source a supply of any tea cakes which still contain the jam, irrespective of manufacturer, egg white/gelatine mallow or real/imitation chocolate casing.
It's the jam that's important to us historians.
|Nicey replies: Well I had a lovely bike ride through the collages the other day so if you had spotted me you could have asked me then. Burton's definitely have red goo inside them I wouldn't exactly call it jam I've always thought of it as part of an alliance which includes the red stuff that goes on top proper ice creams. Having said that you don't see that as often as you used to. I haven't had a Burton's for a little while now but did look at a pack the other day and it still depicted jam in them.
Lee's a Scottish brand also definitely has jam in them too.
I have never encountered a Tunnocks tea cake with jam in it and personally as I said in the review I don't see that it is possible, but would happily be proved wrong.
Fox's Whipped Creams Review
|Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
I understand that Nicey enjoys D I Y, and your latest wonderful review brought me to FOX's website featuring an adorable panda (danda ?)
So, I'd like to introduce you a Korean biscuit in the shape of a panda's face, suitable for DIY lovers.
It consists of a blue pouch of some panda-faced biscuits, a yellow pouch of biscuits for base, two tubes of filling such as chocolate and strawberry flavour, and a sheet of stickers (maybe a free gift).
Here, we are required to complete the panda-faced sandwich biscuits ourselves, instead of the sandwich machine of the biscuit factory of HAITAI, manufacturer. The back side of the box, we can see the building instructions with diagrams. As you guess, it is very difficult for me to read Korean without the dictionary. As a grown-up, I know how to build up sandwich biscuits, so I skipped reading such a manual and made mine.
However, after tasting all panda biscuits,I finally found that I should have enjoyed them after freezing for 10-20 minutes, because on seeing the instractions well later, I mamaged to read a Korean language meaning "freezer" and a figure of "10-20".
Anyway, I was happy to have a lovely time completing sandwich biscuits myself, and that the lukewarm ones were good.
Sad to say, I cannot read the product name written in Korean printed on the box, yet, although I tried to look the Korean words in the dictionary. Therefore, I would like to call this biscuit "Banda" (biscuit/panda) by borrowing the idea of danda (dog/panda).
Thank you for reading,
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea).
|Nicey replies: Hello Special Biscuit Correspondent Miura,
They look like really good fun for YMOS parties and such. Perhaps the biscuits become super-conductive at low temperatures allowing them to hover in magnetic fields, perhaps that's what the Koreans are getting at.
||Dear Nicey |
Where have all the Fig Rolls gone?? Seems to be quite a desperate shortage here in Northamptonshire. My husband has spent hours staring at the shelves of biscuits in the vain hope that the figgy loveliness will be there. There's not even the tease of a empty space or label to give him the consolation that they haven't disappeared off the face of the earth.
Anyone know any supermarkets that are stocking them? In any make or form, he is getting quite desperate! Would give a man on a diet the will to continue!
|Nicey replies: The Fig Roll Crisis earlier this year is still having repercussions six months later. All cut and bake varieties seem to available, we have seen Jacobs, Crawfords and Bolands (Irish) in last few months. However the Burton's bake then cut ones which are supplied to most UK supermarkets as own brand don't seem to have restarted as yet.|
|Revd. Stephen Day
Fox's Whipped Creams Review
You asked about the spiritual aspects of Fox's Whipped Creams: I suspect most vicars could distinguish between a danger to their immortal soul and a tasty biscuit, but when I tried to pit myself against this potential force of evil, my local Tesco didn't have any. From the review, though, they look as if they could combine the two biggest practical dangers to the biscuit eating vicar: a crumbly texture and stuff that squidges out. It's very embarrassing to leave crumbs and blobs over the parishioners' immaculate sitting rooms. The ideal visiting biscuit is something small and relatively crumb free with a firm filling - Bourbons are about spot on.
And visitees should try not to wait till the vicar has a mouthful of biscuit before asking "what do you think of women bishops, then?", unless they do it for the entertainment value.
Revd. Stephen Day