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McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
|What an interesting site and nothing but pleasure! I can almost taste the biscuits as they're discussed. |
What about views on dunking and more importantly, HOW to dunk properly. I like McVIts milk chocolate digestives, two together, choccy side in, and DUNK, the choc just oozes out. So yummy!
I was wondering if you, wifey or readers remembered Thin Wines (or Whines, or possibly something else). I was chatting to my brother, Adrian, the other day about them, as they were his faves for dunking in tea back in the 70's. Now he and his daughters have to resort to dunking Jacobs Cream Crackers, which doesn't sound particularly appetising, but, if tried, is surprisingly
not too disgusting.
||As a relative newcomer to your site, I have yet to find any reference to the most fundamental debate in the tea drinking world which is the cup vs mug divide. If all has been resolved, then I apologise for opening old wounds but there is a serious shortage of cup and saucer information on a site dominated by mug-gers.|
Speaking as one who would have to be really desperate for tea and a sit down before I would even entertain the idea of a mug, (yuk!) I feel I ought to point out the top ten advantages of cups and saucers.
1 Most cups are wider at the top than mugs and accommodate a greater range of dunking biscuits without breaking them in two - which is a really upsetting thing to have to do
2 The narrowing shape of cups stops you dunking the biscuit too far and risking total collapse - the ultimate nightmare
3 Saucers are really handy if your nice cup of tea and a sit down is even better with a cigarette. As you have to wash the saucer anyway, it saves finding an ashtray
4 If you don't smoke, you can balance your biscuits on the saucer (don't try it with chocolate ones)
5 When you break the cup, you can save the saucer, (because it might come in useful one day) until you have about 20 odd ones in the cupboard and then you have always got something to give to the jumble sale
6 Bone china cups are thin and keep the tea hot.
7 Cups can be seriously tarty in a way mugs just can't. My favourite is a 50's pearlised, swirly, peach creation with a gold rim bought for £2 in Ponty market.
8 You get noticeably less tea in a cup which means you can justify having two nice cups of tea and a sit down and two cups equal more than a mug
9 Cups and saucers often come with teapots which are wondrous things and make a cup of tea and a sit down into an occasion. (Watch this space - there will be a follow up outburst on teapots vs teabags-in-a-mug)
10 Cups and saucers get mega brownie points from your Nain (Nan to those outside Wales) and other elderly relatives when they come visiting so that they don't notice the rest of the house is like a tip
11 (Sorry, getting carried away) Quite simply, coffee comes in mugs (and also in jam jars, buckets, plastic beakers and who the hell cares anyway) NOT tea.
12 This site is clearly not called nicemugofteaandasitdown, so you could probably get done under the Trades Descriptions Act unless you provide serious air space for cup-pers as well as mug-gers
Jen from Pontypridd
|Nicey replies: Jenny,
OK, ok, I'll post your cup rant. We really don't care what people drink their tea out of just so long as they are happy.
Be careful now we know where you live we might come round and get a picture of your tarty mug on our next visit to Ponty. We make special trips there once or twice a year for sit down Faggots and Peas.
I shall now brace myself for a torent of mug-counter-rants.
my collegues and i would like to know what the maximum dunking time is for a Rich Tea biscuit.
As you know it is very frustrating when you lose half the biscuit in your cuppa making it undrinkable
We have tried doubling up the biscuits but this just causes more soggy biscuit problems
Maybe we could all start a campaign for suggested Dunking times to be written on ALL packets of biscuits, not just Rich Tea.
Let me know what you think and if you could answer the original query we would be very grateful.
|Nicey replies: If only it were that simple, however the temperature of the tea is a vital factor, and so guidelines would have to be given for piping hot tea, hot tea, warm tea, barely warm tea and stone cold tea.
I really must do a dunking icon tomorrow.
||Now look here, Nicey,|
Spiffing site and all - best read on the web actually old boy, but we at the TCF (South West branch) feel there are some important, fundamental elements of the tea and biccie way of life being ousted unjustly.
Dunking - not just a preference, a way of life! Dunking forms the backbone of tea and biscuit consumption, providing a sloppy essential quick meal for thousands of members of the TCF for many years. NCOTAASD should be promoting the cause, so there. Nya!
It has come to the attention of the TCF (South West branch) that certain supermarkets have been unscrupiously sabotaging several biccie types in their 'value packs'. Biccies falling to this heinous crime include the custard cream and bourbon, both mutating into small, sad creations and are an insult to the glory of these workhorses of the biscuit kingdom. Oust these imposters! Act now! Boycott value packs and cheapie own brand biscuits! Instigate a full investigation a la Fig Fest of this un-nice cup of tea and a sit down behaviour! Call in MacIntyre & Cook, get the boys on
the job of reporting!
Finally, we at the TCF (South West branch) would like to point out that certain in-depth reports on NCOTAASD have confused snacks as biscuits; Penguins being the obvious interloper. Additionally, we at TCF (South West branch) would like to state our support for Jaffa Cakes being classified,
quite rightly, as a buscuit despite it's composition. It is obviously a luxury biscuit, and a bourgeois one at that, but it still takes precedence over Pengiuns in biscuit barrel roll call any day. Penguins are found in snack machines, Jaffa Cakes are not - end of story. Incidentally, there are those 6 bar things which appear in snack machines - please investigate the situation and report in the near future.
Also, make a note in your diary for discussion on Christmas biscuit tins; topics could include variety, weight, ratio of choccie, foil wrapped and generall naff biscuits, etc.
Now the Science Bit
Professor spills secret of the dripping teapot
A groovy kind of pot
Brits take the biscuit
No more flunking on dunking
Why dunking your biscuit makes scents
TCF (South West branch) supports the Rich Tea Appreciation Movement
|Nicey replies: Thanks for the long and quite bolshy email. Hoorah! for the TCF.
Out of spec Bourbons and Custard creams always cause anxiety amongst the populace at large. However, they do help us appreciate perfection perfect proportion when we encounter that by means of counterpoint.
Christmas Tins, yes, good point.
Oh and thanks for reading all the BBC site for us it saved us the trouble.