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Just finished the book which I loved and thence to the site which is even better. Forgive me if I'm asking a question that's been asked before but the Guvnor has asked me to ask you what has happened to her favourite Hovis Digestives. Being the main shopper of the house [I drive,she doesn't] I have normally managed to find a pack or two lurking around on my travels but not for some time. Even when on the endangered list they always seemed to make guest appearances around Christmas so I was fairly confident of picking some up recently but never saw any,anywhere. In the end I had to buy a huge plastic box of crackers to secure half a dozen Hovis which were liberated and returned to where she says they truly belong...with the proper biscuits.
I have to confess that I'm not a great Digestive fan but I do like an HD. Is my search in vain ? Have they gone the same way as the Abbey Crunch ?
Brian & Sheena Skipworth
|Nicey replies: Brian,
I'm not aware of any supply issues around the Hovis Digestive, but I think it was about six months ago since I bagged a pack. Perhaps other people have some sightings?
Fruit Shortcake Review
I though I would share my little problem with just you (and possibly hundreds of others) in case you have any ideas on how to help me. Like most parents, I have children - three of them to be exact - and, like most children, they like biscuits and cake. My problem, in a nutshell, is what do I buy to put in the biscuit tin? Before you suggest anything, bear in mind that I visit Tesco's once a week and I need the biscuits that I buy to be consumed in roughly one week, so that the biscuit tin is almost empty by day 7.
This is not a simple problem to solve. If I buy Jaffa Cakes, then they will all be gone within 30 minutes of putting them in the tin, sometimes even before I have unloaded the shoppping from the car. Likewise Custard Creams and Hob Nobs. However, if I buy Ginger Nuts, it is quite possible for only a few to be eaten during the week, meaning I have a biscuit-tin overflow situation when I come to replenish the tin with the latest buy. I have found Fruit Shortcakes to be an acceptable compromise between speed of consumption and biscuit-tin stock levels, but surely there must be another way? Perhaps once of those things people use for feeding cats and dogs, whereby a flap is released under the control of a timer?
Hope you can help,
PS Currently trying out Arrowroot
|Nicey replies: Paul,
This is a terrible responsibility to bear as young minds are very impressionable, and they will hold you to account over the decisions you make now in later life. Certainly if you have reached the stage of experimenting with Thin Arrowroots then things have gotten quite out of hand. I suggest you try a time honoured traditional system that utilises two tins. The best tin contains the biscuits that you don't give out lightly, and that are to be savoured. Produce the best tin on special occasions or when some great feat has been accomplished, such as a very long walk or joint effort washing the car. The biscuits in this tin will acquire a certain stature and respect.
Secondly you have your everyday tin in which you place shortcake, digestives, oaty biscuits and plain dunkers. I would have thought a fruit biscuit would be as glamourous as you wish to get here, and its important to draw a strict line in the sand. This is fairly much the course of action that you have adopted. Now it becomes a issue of biscuit management which is often aided by a very high shelf in the larder or cupboard, and supervised access to the tin.
The best tin should be smaller than the everyday tin. The two tin approach should instill a sense of values in your children who will then be able to help you choose biscuits to go in each tin, and through this learn true biscuit appreciation.
Its just an idea.
I came across this article in the online version of the Oldham Chronicle My first thoughts were how smashing Eccles Cakes are, and wondering whether they would be appropriate for packing into soldier's ration packs, perhaps even replacing the oatmeal block. By the end of the story I was almost in tears though as the couple relived their darkest tea-deprived moments. One can only imagine the sheer pluck required to get through the ordeal.
|Nicey replies: What an inspiring tale of pensioners forced to eat Eccles cakes to survive. I hope they don't tend get them from Greggs bakers as it might not turn out so well next time, in view of their recent decision to withdraw Eccles cakes from sale.|
||Biscuits or cakes?|
I asked a friend when we were discussing the contentious issue of the jaffa cake and she said that she thought oatcakes could f*ck off. I felt that this was a little harsh and asked other friends what they thought. None were kind to the oatcake. One even said that they were a pariah forced traverse the shopping aisles in their oaty doom. Another said that oatcakes were flapjack zombies.
Does anyone else like oatcakes? Am I alone?
Cake or biscuit?
|Nicey replies: Yes that was a bit uncalled for. Still the Oatcake can be quite confusing as it looks like a biscuit and is called a cake, but clearly is really some form of cracker. There are sound historical reasons for all of this, mostly to do with living in Scotland a very long time ago. Still I like oatcakes but tend to munch them with some nice grapes and some tasty cheese and a nice glass of wine. Once again this is plainly not their original intended purpose.
So in summary, Cake or Biscuit?, no Cracker.
On the subject of fruit and herb 'teas'. The French have a separate words for them - they are "tisane"s - pronounced "tizan".
Why don't we adopt this? It'll save all the argy bargey from us real tea drinkers.
Now, decaff. is quite another problem.
|Nicey replies: Morning Sue,
Yes I've seen that written on French Herbal teas but due to lack of interest, hadn't taken it onboard. It sounds like an excellent plan, not only does it give them their own rather daft name but it associates them with the French which historically has is always handy if you are looking to blame somebody for something.