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Further to the discovery of a giant bourbon the other week, my friend Ben unearthed this slightly less successful attempt at a giant jaffa cake. The ideas are sound, but then she goes and ruins it all with needless vegetarianism...
|Nicey replies: Actually the whole thing looks like a disaster despite its vegan credentials, but top marks to her for even bothering and taking photos of it and making a web page and so on.|
|Becky and Jess Redman
Malted Milk Review
My sister and I made quite a discovery recently, and you were the first person we thought of to share our biscuit breakthrough with. We went to Sainsbury's the other day and fancied some biscuits, and being poor students we bought a bargain triple pack of Sainsbury's own brand golden crunch creams, bourbons and malted milks for 99p. Lovely.
When the time came for a nice cup of tea and a sit down, we opened our malted milks and found something amazing: it was a cow-cow patterned biscuit (interestingly, Jess says the single packs of Sainsbury's malted milks were cow-churn patterned - what this means I don't know), but a mirror image! You can see in the attached picture, the cow in the foreground is on the right.
Now, I'm not sure if you've been made aware of the existence of these mirror-image malted milks since the publication of your (brilliant) book, in which you lament the fact that a 3D biscuit cow can never be created, but if not let me be the first to tell you that it can indeed be done! And we plan to buy some more 'normal' malted milks and create such a beast at the next opportunity.
Has anyone else seen these wonderful mirror image cows?
Becky and Jess Redman
|Nicey replies: Becky,
Yes indeed that is thrilling news. At first glance your biscuit does seem to be the mirror image of the big cow little cow biscuit in our archive.
There is a slight difference in the configuration of the tails and udders which might cause issues. Let it not be said that we don't live in exciting times. Actually some other people did notice this but your picture is much better! So hoorah for you.
I may be persuded to send an exclusive NCOTAASD mug for the best 3D malted milk cow presented to us in the next week or so, probably.
Bakers Tennis Biscuits Review
|Dear Mr Nicey|
Well I am surprised that someone travelling from South Africa, home of the “rusk” or “beskuit” can possibly find anything in the universe better for dunking. I refer to Nick, featured on your website. An airplane biscotti really can’t do justice to the wonders of the South African rusk. It’s what keeps me here in Cape Town. You can hoover up an entire mug of tea with only three rusks. In their favour, they’re huge, make lots of mess, get up your nose, and can only be tackled by those without moustaches, which ought to keep the dead hamster population down in this neck of the woods.
|Nicey replies: Kechil,
Thank you for that contrived excuse to go on about South African rusks. Actually there is a shop near to NCOTAASD HQ which is a well known SA food stockist and has rusks as well as Romany Creams and Tennis Biscuits.
||Dear Nicey and Wifey, |
writing on behalf of the worlds most Northerly custard appreciation society (Longyearbyen, Svalbard (Norway) 78 degrees North), I'd just like to say well done for promoting the year of custard! At work we have all been very concerned with grant applications for next year's 'International Polar Year' (IPY) but at home we have been busy making and eating custard as our contribution to this year's YoC. Not an easy feat given that supplies of custard powder have to be flown in and milk is often unavailable in the shop for weeks at a time! Yum yum, think I might sneak off home early and devour lashings of the stuff...
Lis Cooper, custard lover in exile
|Nicey replies: Hello Lis,
What a lovely part of the world, your webcam makes it look particularly inviting. Glad to hear you are having plenty of hot puddings at such high latitudes that seems very sensible.
Weston's Wagon Wheels Review
|Not really very exciting for you I guess, but my mother enjoyed your book which I bought for her last year so much that she felt inspired to send me this email on her return from Australia!|
"Proof that your book is right - Ozzie wagon wheels are much bigger than ours! Thought you might like to know that.
Love - Mum"
|Nicey replies: Actually very exciting, as we haven't seen an Australian Wagon Wheel since they were taken over by Arnotts. Also well laid out graphic international biscuit comparisons are always, always interesting and informative. Well done to your Mum for sharing that with us all.
We fitted Nanny Nicey up with a digital camera this Christmas and whilst she did take lots of fine pictures on our recent high altitude French biscuit hunt, she did manage to take this one of some bins, because she thought they were unusual.