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just to add on the bickie peg discussion , you can still buy bickie pegs today (of which I have a packet in my cupboard ), they have been going since 1925 and were desgined for teething babies to strengthen the jaws and sooth emerging teeth presumably in preparation for a lifetime of chomping biscuits . I gave them to my daughter and although she is only 2 has already developed a preference for bourbons and digestives depending on mood. Even at her tender age she splits the bourbon and licks the cream before eating the whole thing in two parts . This is not something I do but is obviously is instinctive and adds to entertainment value. She is a dunker of digestives however and I do admit she has learnt that skill from mummy.
Also any tips on how to keep fig rolls and the sponge in jaffa cakes fresh ?
ps anyone remember those really huge biscuits from the 70s that were like a large milk digestive the cholcolate was heavily ridged and was very sweet . It was of wagon wheel dimensions???
|Nicey replies: Yes we thought you could still get Bickie Pegs. As for keeping fig rolls and Jaffa cakes fresh we simply don't have that problem, as they all get scoffed so quickly. Other than that I would suggest a very small air tight tin.|
|Graham A. Clay
A newcomer to the site (saw it on the Beeb site), but impressed - especially by the Fig Roll review...my favourites!
Anna's experience with the unwashed Bovril-drinker mug reminded me of a practical joke we played on a colleague some years ago now.
Like the unnamed Bovril-drinker, he was well known in the department for NEVER washing out his mug, despite protestations, letters to the HSE etc. So, one year when he went on summer holiday, we bought a packet of cress, put a nice bit of damp cotton wool in the bottom of the mugs...and let nature take it course - just to make a humorous point, like.
The problem was, we weren't sure of the germination period of cress, so we did it pretty much as soon as he'd gone on leave. This meant that, by the time he came back a fortnight later, the cress had not only grown, but died and begun to compost.. :-P
To those who may be wondering, he DID continue to use the mug, but at least we got him to clean it at least once!!
Graham A. Clay
I would like to sincerely thank you for your recent 21st Century Fig Festival. This page has been a life saver to me and helped save me from a fig worse than distress.
At this point I must point out that I loathe these biscuits. The mere thought of eating one repulses me. It is not so much the biscuit, which is in actual fact usually very tasty (if not slightly figged). No, it is the figgy surprise that lurks inside, ready to snare the unsuspecting defenceless biscuit-eater and force the taste of fig upon them.
WELL NO MORE. Thanks to your handy fig biscuit identifier, I am now able to select any biscuit I please, safe in the knowledge that I can now spot a fig biscuit at 10 paces. I cannot quite manage 50 paces yet, as my eyes are not so good.
I hope I am not speaking out of turn by bad mouthing - an appropriate term in the biscuit world I think! - these biscuits to you, but I feel I needed to explain the reason for my gratitude.
So thanks to you once again and to your brave fig eating testers. My world is now a safer, tastier place and I wouldn't have it any other way.
|Nicey replies: Thats all well and good, but you may find yourself missing out on
Strawberry Newtons, and Prune filled things from Lu and Apple filled things from McVities. However, this might be a price you are prepared to pay.Dear Sir,
||It's true, some children really do stink of digestives. I always wondered what that smell was and in my observations I have noticed that girls were more inclined towards the digestive aroma whilst the boys smelt more like chicken burgers.|
I was always the one forced to hold their hands during games because I protested a little too loudly about them in front of the teacher.
On another note, has anyone ever made the fatal mistake of eating a dog biscuit instead of a fig roll? They look the same.
|Tom De Saulles
A quick read of your latest biscuit review has left me with the munchies, but it is the New Year and I am trying to lose a few pounds, resulting in large part from the Christmas tin of assorted chocolate biscuits. Can you recommend a healthy yet pleasing biscuit that will help quell any thoughts of chocolate digestives until the diet fizzles out in a week or two and biscuit consumption returns to normal.
Tom De Saulles
|Nicey replies: You know some of the low-fat biscuits aren't to bad at all. There was one some years ago that was a like a low fat Hobnob made for Tesco's I believe. It was really tasty and actually was very crunchy due to the reduced fat. Of course the mighty fig roll is actually pretty good for you, in moderation of course.|