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Brian Skipworth
FruitCheese please
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?

Paul Fowkes
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Fruit Shortcake Review
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.

Paul Coupe
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.

A. Stevenson
CakeFruitCheese please
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.

Sue Northcott
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.