||I like bicuits etc but I also enjoy a slice or two of toast with my tea, sometimes for breakfast or sometimes for a late night snack.( Not dunked athough I have tried that in the past!) |
I particularly like Marmite on my toast. I am curious to know if anyone else has noticed a change in the consistency and colour of Marmite. It seems much runnier than it used to be. Hope I'm not moving too far from the subject with this observation, Nicey?
|Nicey replies: Not at all Mike, its for this very reason that we fashioned the toast rack icon. I would concur that they have been making Marmite a bit runnier than it used to be and that would probably mean you use more of it. Wifey goes through a big jar about every three months now and I'm sure they used to last for six.
Also I once went past the Marmite factory in Burton-upon-Trent which was very exciting. It had big overhead pipes joining it to near by breweries.
Ginger Nut Review
The Ginger Nut cake is a well-scoffed family favourite for 'special' occasions so not seen as often as wished. May I add it can be made with any form of alcohol - the sherry option being probably the best balance between budget and gluttony (dunk a ginger nut in whisky and see what I mean! Um-ummm)
Additionally, ginger nuts make a smashing base to a crunchy lemon meringue pie, in place of stodgy pastry.
Arh, ginger nuts - the biscuit that keeps on giving. You don't see your hobnobs doing this much work, do you?
I am new to your "sitting down tea drinking" thing, I was introduced by my girlfriend Rosa (which explains the address). However, the whole concept is more than familiar, as I do like a nice cup of tea and a sit down- especially on my return from a hard day down't Mill.
There is something I would like to bring to your attention.
I see Mr Kipling has had an honorable mention, but I don't see anything regarding the Manor house cake.
OOOOh! sweet, fruity and substantial, but without the weight of the old fashioned fruit cake. Washed down with a nice cuppa......
I just thought I would let you know... I am also quite partial to chocolate chip cookies, although that is another story.
Keep up the good work!
|Nicey replies: Oh yes the Manor House cake is the professionals choice, I like the big sugar crystals on top. Its relationship to say a mini-Bakewell is somewhat akin to one one of those sit on lawn mowers that the council use to do the verges to a flymo that you got from B&Q for fifty quid and plug via the kitchen window.
I could be wrong but I think Manor House is the name of the Mr Kipling bakery
Ginger Nut Review
To put Steve out of his misery I sent you the Ginger Nut Cake instructions a while ago. So glad someone else remembers this.
|Nicey replies: So you did Sue, I had the feeling this wasn't entirely unknown to me.|
Ginger Nut Review
|Dear Nicey & Wifey,|
I have to admit to having dropped out of the biscuit game for a number of years due mainly to an expanding waistline and the paucy of decent produce now I'm resident in Australia. I do however seem to remember the ginger nut as THE dunking biscuit of all time, in fact it was the only safe way to eat it when I was growing up. We had a family receipe that involved soaking a packet of ginger nuts in an orange juice and alcohol mixture and covering in a kind of thick creamy icing that caused the biscuits to soften and it was served as a dessert. Unfortunately this has long been lost and I'd love to re-acquainted with it if any of your readers are familiar with something similar.
I have to say I really enjoyed your comments on the Abbey Crunch as they were one of my favourites and although we can get imported Hobnobs over here they just not the as good as I remember the Abbey Crunch to be. My all time favourite was the Bourbon.
One very good thing discovered over here is a brew by the name of Dilmah which makes an excellent cuppa. I hope it has made it over to Blighty as it really is top stuff. Perhaps you could add a section of favourite teas to the tea page and include it.
|Nicey replies: Long time NCOTAASD contributor Brian Barrett has long championed that Dilmah tea, which I think is available in the UK too.