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||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
Like many people across the country, I am partial to a spot of marmalade on my toast at breakfast. For me, the thing that sets marmalade apart from jam and gives it its appeal is the inclusion of the pieces of orange zest, the bigger the better.
Imagine my surprise when, just last week, my wife brought home some Golden Shred Shredless marmalade (surely an oxymoron), stating that she "doesn't like the bits". In the same shopping trip she also bought some fresh orange juice "with juicy bits".
Women, will we ever understand them???
|Nicey replies: Kieth,
I think this allows me to utilise the seldom seen Jam and Fruit icons
Happy Faces Review
|I have recently noticed a correlation in the biscuit universe with a brand of reformed and shaped potato type thing known as Smiley Potato. While superficially similar, the potato variety is no good for dunking, and has no jam.|
But the real truth comes to light once you actually cook Smiley Potato. Before they go under the grill, they are innocent and as the name suggests, smiley.
Once cooked, the awful reality is that they resemble evil grinning burnt demon faces, and thus become difficult to consume, if not impossible.
I think it's a safe assumption that once dunked, Smiley Face biscuits do not distort and turn to evil, but remain good natured even when mashed into a slurry and sent stomachward.
Is this a conspiracy to ruin the image of Smiley Faces?
|Nicey replies: Actually on reflection most of the Happy Faces look a lot like gargoyles.
Possibly a little away from the mission statement, but a debate has sparked off in the office regarding the proper topping (if any) for crumpets - namely, sweet or savoury?. Responses thus far include:
Sweet - jam or honey
Savoury - butter
Savoury - cheese
Crumpets are evil
Anything up to and including a full egg and bacon crumpet sandwich.
Your views or those of the NCOTAASD community would be most valued.
As ever, you humble servant.
|Nicey replies: Here at NCOTAASD HQ it is butter, or butter + jam, or butter + peanut butter.
I find the 'nothing' troubling, and possibly in contravention of a crumpet's basic rights.
Sounds like a poll.
||dear nicey & all at ncotaasd,|
i was confused by what you said about snowballs having a biscuit base. i'm not sure what happens south of the border, but up here in sunny aberdeen our snowballs are most definately cake-like. they are sponge, filled with jam (of varying quality) and covered in coconut. is this some sort of sassenach meddling with a scottish baking institution?! i feel some sort of braveheart inspired pun would be appropriate here and yet words fails me.
anyhooooo, love the site!
ps any chance you might make a st andrew's flag icon?!
|Nicey replies: Looks like you are right to be confused, I'm talking about the ones like a naked teacake covered in coconut. Perhaps somebody else can come up with a pun as I can't think of one either, but then it is quite late.
As for flags, as I have said before we have one for Canada because its ironic. As for anybody else, no sorry or they'll all be wanting one, I've had to turn down the Welsh for example on a number of occasions. If I had to choose an icon for Scotland I might base it on the swarm of Midges that attacked me at half past four in the morning on Rannoch Moor in 1978, as we tried to make a get away without them noticing we were up. Obviously that would be a bit too borne out of personal experience and it would just look like black dots.
||Please can you help me locate the whereabouts of a biscuit which I have a terrible craving for but cannot find anywhere. They are manufactured by Burtons and are called Jamboree biscuits. They were a gorgeous biscuit covered with coconut dipped marshmellow, with a line of jam down the middle, they came in pink, white and apricot.|
Thanks, Natalie Mann
|Nicey replies: Well if you are really set on getting some Burtons ones then try the old corner shop and petrol station search. You can often turn stuff here that isn't to found on the supermarket shelves.
Other than that you could settle for Jacobs Mallows which are basically the same thing and available in the big supermarkets.