Keep your e-mails pouring in, it's good to know that there are lots of you out there with views and opinions.
To help you work out what is what, are now little icons to help you see biscuit related themes. And now you can see at a glance which are the most contested subjects via this graph (requires Flash 6.0 plugin).
Please keep your mails coming in to email@example.com
If you like, you can use this search thingy to find stuff that matches with any of the icons you pick, or use the fantastic free text search, Yay!
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
For your information, Tunnocks Tea Cakes of bathroom sealant fame are known as Mallow Puffs in New Zealand. Many thanks for informing me of their presence in the British Isles under a Scottish pseudonym. I shall now head to the supermarket without delay to consume a whole packet in the interests of comparative biscuit science. As to the merits or otherwise of these biscuits, I feel a key detraction is the thinness of the chocolate covering rendering the fingers like a typical two-year olds in under 3 seconds. If no-one is watching, this can be avoided by juggling the biscuit like a hot potato.
||Why hello there.|
I thoroughly enjoyed your site, it's good to know there are people out there focusing on life's important little details.
Just wondering if you'd included Anzac biscuits in your extensive collection?
The Anzac biscuit's country of origin, is much disputed here in our part of the world.
Like many things, such as Pavlova (most definitely a cake), Vegemite & Russell Crowe, both New Zealanders and Australians lay claim to the invention of the Anzac. What with us Kiwi's being renowned for our ingenuity and Australians being known as being, well, less so... I think it should be clear to any discerning biscuit eater this fine specimen's true origin.
Technicalities aside, the Anzac is a fine biscuit much loved by (at least 3) generations of us Kiwis and Aussies. I've included a link below in case you wanted to investigate further.
|Nicey replies: Thanks for that eMail.
I liked the recipes on the link, maybe I'll make some military strength biscuits with all the regulation holes. Hoorah.
I would love to see a picture of a real Anzac biscuit.
I noticed quite a few international additions to the biscuit reviews page, so as a POM living in New Zealand for a year, i thought i'd take the opportunity to add the database of world biscuit data.
NZ biscuit information worthy of note:
"Jammy Dodgers" are called "Shrewsburys" over here. For no good reason whatsoever, as far as i've been able to find out.
Kiwis are extremely fond of "Afghans", a rough textured, baked, choclatey affair. Ironically, they are shaped slightly like the funny Pork pie hats that the Taleban wore.
Although not really a biscuit, "Chocolate Fish" seem to be a national institution here, usually used as an incentive for kids to work harder at school.
Hope this biscuit data is of some interest :o)
urther investigation into the mildly odd world of Kiwi bicuits has revealed that Shrewsbury's made specifically by Griffins (http://www.griffins.co.nz/), but a your average Kiwi would call any Jam sandwhich biscuit a Shrewsbury.
As for the chocolate fish, the Kiwis i've talked to about them are shocked to find that they aren't a world-wide phenomenon, as they grew up expecting a chocolate fish (Pronounced "fush" here) anytime they did anything good at school.
Link to a Cadubury's NZ catalogue (Including Chocolate fish):
How to get a lifetime's supply of Chocolate Fish :o)
Some rather ornate looking (and FUN to eat) chocolate fish, but possibly not authentic Kiwi types..
Enjoy your chocolate fishing & congrats on the web site (Especially Apocolypse bunny), as you can probably tell i do have a bit of spare time at work at the moment, and your website has been an ideal accompaniment to all the tea and biscuits i've been scoffing :oD
|Nicey replies: Thanks for that valuable biscuit info Mark. Its important to keep a global perspective on biscuits. Do you know if Shrewsburys are generic jam sandwich biscuits, or are made by any company in particular? The Chocolate Fish sound good, do you have a picture or link to one?
Hoorah for odd Kiwi biscuit/cake things!