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Fruit Shortcake Review
I though I would share my little problem with just you (and possibly hundreds of others) in case you have any ideas on how to help me. Like most parents, I have children - three of them to be exact - and, like most children, they like biscuits and cake. My problem, in a nutshell, is what do I buy to put in the biscuit tin? Before you suggest anything, bear in mind that I visit Tesco's once a week and I need the biscuits that I buy to be consumed in roughly one week, so that the biscuit tin is almost empty by day 7.
This is not a simple problem to solve. If I buy Jaffa Cakes, then they will all be gone within 30 minutes of putting them in the tin, sometimes even before I have unloaded the shoppping from the car. Likewise Custard Creams and Hob Nobs. However, if I buy Ginger Nuts, it is quite possible for only a few to be eaten during the week, meaning I have a biscuit-tin overflow situation when I come to replenish the tin with the latest buy. I have found Fruit Shortcakes to be an acceptable compromise between speed of consumption and biscuit-tin stock levels, but surely there must be another way? Perhaps once of those things people use for feeding cats and dogs, whereby a flap is released under the control of a timer?
Hope you can help,
PS Currently trying out Arrowroot
|Nicey replies: Paul,
This is a terrible responsibility to bear as young minds are very impressionable, and they will hold you to account over the decisions you make now in later life. Certainly if you have reached the stage of experimenting with Thin Arrowroots then things have gotten quite out of hand. I suggest you try a time honoured traditional system that utilises two tins. The best tin contains the biscuits that you don't give out lightly, and that are to be savoured. Produce the best tin on special occasions or when some great feat has been accomplished, such as a very long walk or joint effort washing the car. The biscuits in this tin will acquire a certain stature and respect.
Secondly you have your everyday tin in which you place shortcake, digestives, oaty biscuits and plain dunkers. I would have thought a fruit biscuit would be as glamourous as you wish to get here, and its important to draw a strict line in the sand. This is fairly much the course of action that you have adopted. Now it becomes a issue of biscuit management which is often aided by a very high shelf in the larder or cupboard, and supervised access to the tin.
The best tin should be smaller than the everyday tin. The two tin approach should instill a sense of values in your children who will then be able to help you choose biscuits to go in each tin, and through this learn true biscuit appreciation.
Its just an idea.
One of my clients recently drew my attention to your site. I am very interested in the Jaffa Cake debate - I agree that it is a cake (the name clearly gives it away) but do you think that they have got smaller - perhaps I have become greedier in my old age. The problem is that my client pointed this out to me last week and to test this I bought 1 standard sized box of Jaffa Cakes - I scoffed the lot within the hour and could have had more. I do remember when 3 or 4 Jaffa Cakes would have sufficed to satisfy my craving but 12 just wasn't enough! I am objective enough to admit that I am slighlty heavier than I was in my youth (although obviously I keep myself trim) and therefore the problem may be my own making. Please could someone help me as I am becoming increasingly worried about this!
|Nicey replies: Jamie,
Worry no longer, Jaffa Cakes haven't got smaller, you are just less easily satisfied. Put what ever spin on this you like, positive or negative. You may be moved to ponder the meaning of our personal journeys through life, or step back and re-evaluate your lifestyle and what you would like to achieve. Alternatively you could just start buying the double packs, and up the workout regime.
||Just to add some officialese to the "cake or biscuit" query from Sue Resner, Snowballs, Teacakes and Coconut Mallows are legally defined as cakes and not biscuits at all. This means they are zero-rated for VAT, along with our old friend the Jaffa Cake. As you've observed, the clue is in the name. Well it is for Teacakes anyway.|
||Sainsburghers in Swindon now has Muller (Müller) corner yoghurts with corners of Jaffa Cake, Penguin or Choc digestive. What kind of weird hybrids are these then? Couldn't bring myself to taste them.|
Of course a nice sit down with tea and yoghurt is fine (alternately not simultaneously), but yoghurt and biscuit?!@?
|Nicey replies: Really! I can just about see how to smash up choc digestives or Penguins to get them into the little hole, but how do you break up Jaffa cakes? The smashing orangey bit in the middle would surely make this quite tricky.|
|Hello Nicey & Wifey,|
I've been enjoying your site ever since I found it whilst searching for pictures of Bourbon biscuits. "Why?" I hear you cry, well I'll tell you. The company I work for recently decided to name its computers after biscuits, so I was making desktop icons for each one. Your site has been invaluable in providing most of the images I needed - except a jaffa cake. In the end I put a real one through my scanner.
Oddly enough, the biscuit-named computers seem to take on the character of the biscuit its named in honour of. For instance, 'BOURBON' is a solid, reliable performer that rarely lets us down, whereas 'JAFFA' seems to be a bit flakey, almost as if its having some kind of identity crisis. 'HOBNOB' is by far the fastest machine, reflecting the speed at which a packet of those rustic comestibles disappears in our office... and 'PINKWAFER'? Well lets just say that as a computer it's about as useful as the proverbial chocolate tea pot.
Right-ho anyway now I'm off to crack open another packed of custard creams - our company provides biscuits but you've got to be quick to get a decent share... leave it too late and all you're left with is the inaccurately-names 'nice' biscuits.
|Nicey replies: That sounds like a very sensible plan. I'm still scarred with the memories of of working at too many places where the computers were named after ancient gods. I think it was something that got drummed into Cambridge graduates years ago. It was a revelation when I found out computers didn't have to named Zeus, Mars etc.
I worked at a place a couple of years back where the computers were named after Aunties whose names began with the letter B, so we had Bertha, Betty, and Beryl.