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Since we spend most of our working day sat on our arses we actually enjoy a nice cup of tea and a stand up. It was during one of our daily tea breaks whilst discussing the various merits of Fox's Butter Crinkle Crunch and the dunking abilities of Rich Tea Fingers that we decided it would be a great idea to create a website dedicated to the pastime of tea drinking and biscuit appreciation. Surfing the net several minutes later looking for some pre-scanned images of biscuits for our new site we stumbled upon your fantastic site and soon realised that you had surpassed anything that we would be capable of. Therefore we'd like to congratulate you on your excellent work in the promotion of all things tea and biscuit and would like you to just give those of us who like a nice cup of tea and a stand up a quick mention. Also would it be possible to provide some advice on sensible dunking technique for various biscuits, as one of our members is experiencing regular "snap-offs" during dunking, perhaps you could provide this for our top ten regulars in our biscuit tin (in no particular order) :-
Fox's Butter Crinkle Crunch
Rich Tea Fingers
Chocolate Malted Milk
|Nicey replies: Ross,
Thats an admirable biscuit tin running list you've got there. Also good to see that you are taking good care of your crinkle crunches. Personally I would like to see a fruit shortcake or maybe a HobNob in there to get a good all round tin.
I'm a bit of a reformed dunker myself, but when I did partake of that habit it really came down to confidence and timing, these can not be gained overnight but must be learnt. Out of the biscuits in your list I would only dunk the Rich teas, Digestives and as rank outsiders the Crinkle crunch. Dunking chocolate biscuits or cream filled biscuits is generally a no-no although I understand that many people do choose to do this. Cow biscuits are much too pretty dunk and should have the cows nibbled out of them. Gingernuts are all about crunch so again I wouldn't choose to dunk them. Of course when dunking any large diameter biscuit such as the digestive, one has a window of opportunity, whilst the tea level in you cup/mug is high enough to let you get the edge in. As the tea level falls much more dunking and nibbling are required to access the tea. Don't feel bad to ignore all of this if it threatens your personal enjoyment of tea and biscuits.
As for the standing up, it sounds a bit foolhardy, and I'm sorry that your working conditions drive you to such outlandish behavior. I hope that this doesn't extend to your enjoyment of tea outside of the workplace, where sitting down is certainly the optimal way to drink it.
Emma and Hattie here, having our very own nice cup of tea and a sit down...in front of a computer screen yes, but its all the same really. Hattie has a monkey round her neck integral to the feeling of today. as avid followers of your gorgeous website we were debating the need for warm winter nights and tea dunking with the biscuit of the week, the fox's butter crinkle crunch (what a long name for such a small thing). Emma has never personally experienced this, however she has experienced the joys of a half melted chocolate digestive dunked in tea, on a cold winters nite, wen ur all alone. this in Hatties opinion does not match the crinkle crunch in any degree. While on the topic of biscuits...my grandparents have many a biscuit canister, and it has become family tradition 2 buy them a new one almost every christmas or for birthday..they cld open a museum. We also have some aged metal ones, covered in flowers, taht are oh so stylish and go with our bright yellow kitsch kitchen cupboards :)
also, i think that the subject of mug size shld be brought up (i mean its all about size isnt it..and in the long run..course it matters). I think that if ur having tea it has 2 be had in a LARGE mug...possibly with a..humurous message on it :) the nature of the message or design is not important but i have experienced tea in two mugs of equal size, one with a company slogan on it, another a plain white bucket sized mug. the ritual of the making and drinking of the tea was, although subtley, enhanced by the slogan, and it makes a lot more of a satisfying cup.
we'd like 2 end this by saying that tea is 2 us, like heroin is 2 junkies...
love and hugs
may ur biscuits be forever dunked...in tea of course
|Nicey replies: I shld like 2 thank u for ur biscuit/biscuit tin/mug thoughts.
My day time mug is a Giant Bee mug, which is particularly effective at enhancing the tea drinking moment. Prior to this I used a Pink Viz mug for many years. TheWife and I enjoy tea from a number of mugs, the least successful of these being a Jar-Jar Binks mug which has strange powers of staining.