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||Growing up in Kent, 'bun' was always ambiguous - currant bun (bought from Fine Fare) or iced bun in a paper case (home made).|
Later on, in Leicester, a simple round white bread roll was a barm (not a barm cake as they say further north).
Further north still, the other half's Bradford roots lead her to call a mug a 'pot', so a pot of tea from her could be anything (and frequently is, as she doesn't understand tea)
Mind you, Europeanisation has led to our local Sainsbury's stocking Danish pastries made in Belgium and Belgian Buns made in the UK. Only needs Chelsea buns or Bakewell pudding made in Denmark to complete the circle. Think of the miles of truck movements they could save.
Language is a slippery thing.
I took these pics of a strange mutant chocolate fudge biscuit. (Farmbake brand here in NZ) At first I was taken aback by the shear cruelty of mother nature, but soon found an inner beauty and elegance I could have only imagined. This "evolutionary freak" gets to the bottom of the tallest mug. Is this oddball a freak of the dunking world, or an evolutionary step?
|Nicey replies: Tim,
I'm sure you're right and these hapless freaks represent some sort of giant leap forward. It's a such a pity that they look like dog turds.
I wonder if you could solve a puzzle for me? When I was a kid back in the 70s/80s there were some biscuits that had a spooky / ghostly theme to them. Each pack contained an number of biscuits that were coloured in various garish shades - green, red and yellow if I remember correctly - and each was associated with a spooky character. They were probably stuffed to the gills with sugar and additives, but I loved them regardless (or maybe because) of this fact.
Could you put me out of my misery and tell me what they were called, please?
|Nicey replies: They have been mentioned before.. but we don't remember their name.
||I have just come across your website, and I would very much like to complain.|
I feel you are being very unjust towards the Pink Wafers, as they are a tremendous biscuit, and were always the first to go in any biscuit selection box that was at conferences I attend, in my house (or any of my friends houses for that matter).
I therefore, would like you to retract this harmful comment to the greatly under-appreciated biscuit of the 20th and 21st Century, and place a public apology on your website to the Pink Wafer biscuits.
Even an article on the wonders of Pink Wafer biscuits, displaying that your opinion of them is only a very small percentage of the biscuit eating society, and that they are infact, a widely respected and tasty biscuit.
I Bid you Good day sir, and hope for your speedy reply
|Nicey replies: Brian,
I don't doubt what you say but our poll of nearly 3000 people placed the Pink Wafer way out in front as the most disliked biscuit with 11% of the vote. Mind you could argue that 89% of people don't mind them.
||Hi Nicey, Wifey and YMS|
Very interesting, this bun/cake interpretation. Being a southerner, I'm with you on the definitions. However, what about those "barm cakes" they're always ordering from the caff in Coronation Street? They definitely appear to be a kind of bap or roll with a savoury filling. (I may be going back a few years - haven't actually watched it for ages, but it was in the days when Madge and Alf ran the corner shop).
Then of course, you have things like fish cakes and potato cakes - they definitely don't have sugar in them. Next we'll be onto tarts and pies. And don't get me started on flans - when in Spain, "flan" is actually creme caramel.....
I think we'll just have to accept that we all have different words for things, depending on where we live or grew up, or which tv programmes we watch! All part of the wonderful variety of life, giving us plenty of topics for debate in the office when we have nothing better to do!
Best wishes to all