Wonder whether you spotted the following report
Keep up the great work!
|Nicey replies: Oh yes that was all duly noted. We often drive past and take the train through Bishops Stortford so obviously it comes as a great relief to us to know that council staff have been trained up in tea making safety. The foreboding that a scalding hot cup of tea might come sailing out of an open council office window has now significantly reduced.|
||Dear Nicey and Wifey|
I just wanted to add my small voice to the pouring out of praise for that wonderful substance, custard. Indeed, there are few puddings better, quicker or more convenient than a sliced banana and plenty of custard made fresh from the tin - Birds of course. And, when it comes to Christmas pudding, why mess around with brandy butter or sweet white sauce? Custard is best, every time.
My husband disagrees. He thinks that cream is the better desert lubricant and even eats bananas and cream! Ugh! He also prefers the kind of custard that is already made up in cartons or yoghurt pot type thingies. This to my view is far too sweet and usually too thick.
I'd also like to add our family ritual for trifle creation. Slices of raspberry jam swiss roll soused in sherry of your choice or sweet wine, fresh or previously frozen raspberries, generous layer of BIrds best, whipped cream and flaked almonds. Heaven in a bowl.
|Nicey replies: Bananas and Custard are a brilliant pudding, frequently deployed here at NCOTAASD HQ when the younger members of staff have polished off all their main course. I have to admit to liking Christmas pudding with mostly custard and a dash of cream.
As for trifle, there simply isn't enough of it around.
||My wife inherits her late fathers hatred of custard. Just before he died, whilst still in hospital having undergone various operations, his surgeon came to him to try and help encourage him to begin eating again. He didn't respond as he was in a coma, but when the surgeon suggested he might try a little custard he awoke temporarily, sat up, waved his hands scornfully and uttered mournfully NOOOOO!|
I have been married for 28 years and only eat the delicious yellow sweety when visiting my old Mum.
|Nicey replies: Glad to see custard can play both the light and dark pudding roles.|
|I come from Lincoln and am very proud of the Lincoln biscuit as it is very distinctive and has a unique flavour. I now live in Scotland and can have a slight problem in getting them locally although the supermarkets do sell them. I am interested in any memorabilia that you would have on the Lincoln Biscuit as I collect this and it would help me to further my collection. I fyou have any information that could help me please e mail|
|Nicey replies: I'm very impressed that you have Lincoln biscuit memorabilia at all, ours doesn't extend further than a few crumbs and the odd empty packet. Perhaps if you could forward a group photo of your collection it would inspire us all to biscuit memorabilia collecting too. Or perhaps some of us have some Lincoln biscuit memorabilia in the family and never realised it, presumably its covered in little bumps and has Lincoln written on it?|
||We were having a discussion at work and decided we all passionately loved gypsy creams, but where to buy here in Belfast, N Ireland? My local ASDA doesn't sell them, nor does Tesco!|
|Nicey replies: As yet I don't know of any big stores stocking them, and haven't yet spotted them myself. But they are out there somewhere as we were sent the remains of a pack last year. The people who had spotted them ate most of the pack them selves and just managed to save two for us which they bunged in an envelope along with the wrapper. This was a bit like when naturalists determine that some animal is still around by finding a squashed one on the road. Keep your eyes open in corner shops and petrol stations.|