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Thin Arrowroot Review
|Dear ncotaasd staff and fellow readers,|
I have two things I would like to share with you and visitors to your important and critically acclaimed web site and biscuit information forum.
Firstly I write in support of the oft maligned Arrowroot, unfairly, I feel, dismissed in your review as a "dry tasteless dull excuse for a biscuit". I would suggest that to the contrary the Arrowroot represents an important lifelong companion and comfort food. Introduction to the Arrowroot should be at an early age as they make an excellent teething soother and general comforter for babies - in part because of the structural qualities recognized in your report but also for its unique warming vanilla variant taste. Later in life that taste quickly brings back feelings of security, warmth, homeliness and the protective cocoon that was early childhood. What better way to get over another brutal day in the work world than to come home to a ncotaasd with an Arrowroot on the side. And, if that is not enough, later in life we can look forward to the Arrowroot as a valuable easily digested, nourishing diet for convalescence. The active ingredients are reportedly especially useful in bowel complaints, as they have demulcent properties.
For a special treat I slather the top of an Arrowroot with butter - the real stuff - and a large spoonful of jam. This provides a good segue to my second topic, Jam. While on an all too short visit to Turkey this year I acquired a pot of Penguen brand Gul Receli (the u with an umlaut and the c with a cedilla). This, as many of your fine visitors may know, is rose petal jam. Quite how crafty penguins became a corporate logo for a product made in a country with Mediterranean and desert like climates is a mystery ... but I digress. The delicate and exquisite flavour of this Jam is just like good red Turkish delight. Apart from a few teaspoonfuls gobbed onto Arrowroots we used most of it for jam tarts and this, I believe, is the Jam's forte. The tarts made a good conversation piece, at least until tasted after which household members just focused on grabbing the biggest share and greedily scoffing. A final word of warning, the jam does contains small pieces of rose petal which can stubbornly adhere to teeth, but despite this I heartily recommend rose petal jam as a must try for all. Why not try it first on an Arrowroot !
Regards to all.
|Nicey replies: Well I think Turkey should have that high on their lists of reasons for getting into the EU, "Have Turkish delight flavoured jam, made by Penguins". Good plan with the Jam tarts. Well done for sticking up for the Arrowroot it needs friends because out of nearly 2000 votes in our biscuit poll it's still showing a zero as anybody's favourite, and 00.3% people have them regularly.|
||Hi again Nicey, Wifey & etc|
All this talk of Tetley tea reminds me of when my younger daughter (at the time aged about 3 or 4) asked me "Mum, is your tea deadly?" I told her it wasn't that bad, but she said, "No, you know, like on the advert, deadly make tea bags make tea". I reassured her that actually, I used tea leaves anyway, so it wasn't deadly at all. Don't you just love the things youngsters come out with? She doesn't tend to come up with such gems now that she's nearly 16! She was very pleased that I bought her one of the PG Tips Gromit mugs though!
All the best, keep up the good work.
|Nicey replies: Your daughter is a lucky girl to have possession of that Gromit mug, judging by the plaintive emails flooding in here from people desperate to get hold of them. Just in case anybody was wondering, we don't know either. |
Nabisco Nutter Butter Review
|I'm writing in regards to Stuart Mason's e-mail regarding the best biscuit for Die Hard 4. My coworkers and I have had a go at this one and decided that the best dessert item with which to blind one's foes might be some form of biscotti. While I'm not convinced these fall technically within the biscuit range, I'd feel equal to Bruce Willis if I was armed with a biscotti or two, whatever biscuit he was wielding (although being American he'd probably have a cookie; and he'd have plenty of ghastly hard scratchy things to choose from too. Of course I, too, am an American and am therefore guilty of eating cookies AND drinking coffee, but only when I can't get a decent cup of tea). |
We went on to discuss the possibility of fig bars as protective gear, and carefully stacked nutter butters as impromptu shelters for large-scale battles, so you can imagine it was a lively morning at the office. It got rather outlandish at one point, with someone suggesting something involving jam or custard to create floor slippage.
My thanks to Mr. Mason, for generating such a fine distraction!
You tried the new Tetley's Extra Strong. I'm intrigued. Is it just more tea leaves in the bag or have they done something else? I'm off to Morrisons tonight, I may get some and do some investigative work.
|Nicey replies: Morning Jim,
No but I had to have Tetley on the train to London the other day as Terry the bloke with the trolley said that PG have stopped doing plastic train tea. I was mortified.
To my tastes Tetley seem to have access to some pretty strong old tea already so maybe they have just blended a batch for all the teabag squeezers out there who think that you have to wring your teabag bone dry before its done its work. The draw strings on the Tetley bag in my train tea are a testament to Tetley's belief that a teabag should be wrung dry.
Thin Arrowroot Review
I've just discovered the site and have been aggressively advertising it to anyone who will listen to me. Well done, I'm a massive fan.
Anyway, I reckon a workplace debate that raged a few years back may be worth you conducting as an online poll.
Namely - Biscuits as weapons, what would you choose?
Having been recently slashed across the face and cut by my then girlfriend with the broken edge of half a Rich Tea, I originally suggested Rich Tea.
However, many colleagues were touting the strength and ferocity of a Ginger Nut. They claimed that if Bruce Willis was filming Die Hard 4 and had to take out some miscreants with only biscuits as weapons, he'd be looking to take eyes out with a broken Ginger Nut. I had to concede.
Eventually, I came up with some real heavy artillery and suggested a piece of Traditional All Butter Scottish Shortbread. But only a triangular piece, broken off a one of those souvenir shortbread wheels (you know the ones that come in segments like a dartboard?). Using it as a dagger, I'd fancy myself against an ageing Willis and his Ginger Nut. We all agreed that this is probably the hardest biscuit; the Daddy; the top biscuit for a weapon.
I'm now thinking that a new kid might be on the block and the good NCOTAASD crew might be able to ponder this as a poll.
|Nicey replies: Stuart,
Good grief what a violent lifestyle you lead, we rarely get correspondence from people who have been disfigured by half a Rich Tea. In fact yours is the first.
As for Bruce Willis it's been my observation that in Die Hard films he can be repeatedly shot in various parts of his anatomy and yet still run around quite happily, therefore its going to require quite a substantial biscuit to take him down.
I have always thought that the thin Arrowroot would make quite an effective Ninja Star substitute as it's very hard and thin. Perhaps a hail of these might disable Mr Willis long enough for you to see him off with your shortbread petticoat tail (yes that's their proper name which doesn't sound quite so menacing)