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||When it comes to drinking tea from flasks, I'm with you on the point about carrying milk separately (we use a small plastic tonic-water bottle from Waitrose). But I have to disagree with your suggestion of using the flask as a teapot, carrying hot water in it during the walk and adding tea-bags immediately before the moment of consumption. |
1. We all know that water off the boil, however hot, makes an inferior cup of tea (think of all those awful urn-type contraptions and Continental attempts to serve tea - a cup of hottish water with a dry teabag in the saucer, awaiting dunking).
2. If you don't want to consume all your tea at once, or are drinking your first cup slowly, the remainder will get disgustingly stewed.
May I suggest to David Blaxill that he invests a shiny new flask and tries again? I got my boyfriend a jolly nice dark-grey matt one by Lifeventure from Ellis Brigham for Christmas and very pleased with it he is too (despite previously protesting there was nothing wrong with the skanky old one). The reason I say this is that I think sometimes old flasks taint the tea - a build-up of tannin or something. David should then try filling it (pre-warmed with boiling water) with just black tea made in the teapot - adding cold milk just before drinking really does make a difference.
There you go, another excuse to get out the flask icon.
|Nicey replies: Hello Katie,
Actually our flask makes a splendid cup of of tea in the way I've described, and is way hotter than any dodgy old urn thing. Obviously it's not boiling but I would say it produces better tea than some of our heavier teapots, even when correctly warmed.
If Ellis Brigham's flasks are anything like their skis then I'm probably not sufficiently advanced in the art to use one according to the Australian/French/South African guy working there.
I have just finished being surprised at how much I enjoyed your NCOTAASD book ( a Christmas present from a very discerning friend (Hi Jumpy-up-and-down Kathy if you ever get to read this)) and wanted to tell you about an excellent vending machine from my youth.
As a lad of about 10 I used to go to Whitley Bay Ice Rink every Saturday morning. I can still remember the smell that permanently wet wood has. Anyway, they had a vending machine that was old-fashioned even then (about 1965?); you selected the drink of choice by rotating an enormous dial on the front. You could choose from tea, limeade and chicken soup. What the manufacturers never thought of was that young kids would experiment by rotating the dial WHILST it was vending...
||As a recruitment consultant, I think Alexa Didcott & Kerrie-Anne Wright's idea is a fabulous one. We ought to make it part of a rigourous selection process, maybe including a practical. Can't have any weirdos in the company!|
|Nicey replies: Gareth,
That's quite a dangerous line your taking there. Rather than selecting out the weirdoes surely we should embrace them into a tolerant and equal opportunity workplace. Filling in the form would simply mean that nobody would make tea for them, and any normal people starting there would be told about them too.
|Alexa Didcott Kerrie-Anne Wright
We loooooooooooove your website. Alexa received your book for Christmas, she had tears rolling down her face when she read about the non sugar users trying to convert the sugar users!
Anyway, we are all back at work after the break and the usual tea and coffee discussions have ensued. So to clear up matters, we have created a "How do you like it tea proforma"!
We thought you would like to take a look at a sample of the completed tea questionnaires.....ENJOY!
Alexa Didcott & Kerrie-Anne Wright
|Nicey replies: Morning Ladies,
Thats some great initiative there. Presumably you have these all filed next to the kettle for reference. Also you should make sure that it becomes company policy that all new starters have to fill in one of these and browse all the other ones before they are even allowed to use the kettle.
I just pulled out the first one from the fifteen you sent, Wifey and I enjoyed them all however.
Reading your web pages today, a biscuit long-forgotten suddenly popped into my head, but I have no idea what it was called, so naturally I am writing to you for some help in its identification.
It was cookie like in nature, a similar size and consistency as the Maryland, bit instead of chocolate chips, it harbored small chocolate chip sized drops of green and red 'jelly'.
I remember many a time, sitting with my tea, watching blue peter (circa simon groom and 'goldie') and newsround (actually, I always used to go out and make a cup of tea when newsround was on) and carefully sucking the biscuit until I was left with the tiny drops of jelly.
Do you have any idea what it was?
Yours in hope,
Bev (once known as Beverley Biscuit, but thats a long story)
|Nicey replies: Oh yes I definitely had some of those too, your description is spot on. I had assumed they were some sort of Maryland cookie as you say.|