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|Nicey replies: Not sure about the picture with somebody pouring half pint of milk in their tea.|
||Congrats on your enlightening website – the Internet has meaning finally! Myself and Mrs. Myself enjoy v. Much reading your site, a haven for all sane and focussed individuals out there. Unfortunately I have to come clean and inform all that I can no longer drink tea or coffee...... due to a caffeine intolerance (and probably due to drinking far too much of the stuff, it seems that it is possible to have too much of a very good thing).......... and decaf just ain’t up to the mark. Don’t suppose you have any tips on making the perfect hot water then? Any advice would be welcomed, biscuits just don’t dunk the same in hot water!|
Looking forward to trying the Suffolk adventure fruit cake recipe too – will it taste as good in Cornwall?
|Nicey replies: I too have problems with caffeine past 6pm, it keeps me up all night. So I've found the best approach is switch tea brands. Being committed PG Tips drinkers having a cup of their decaf is a little flat. So I usually go for Yorkshire Tea decaf which manages to fool my tastebuds into thinking I'm just having a slightly non-standard cuppa instead of a cup of my usual which has something not right about it.
There is probably a PhD to be had getting to the bottom of that one.
|Hello! I quite enjoyed the NPR interview, and your ability to be neutral rather than snide. However, I do take a slight offense to the idea that nobody in their right mind could enjoy an Oreo. I will admit that it is not the tastiest cookie (biscuit!) in existence; as a matter of fact, I highly prefer digestive biscuits. But growing up in the US, it is a taste that one acquires as a child, and cookies and milk are a solid part of our foklore. The sogginess after dunking in milk (horror of horrors) is actually part of the appeal. We also dunk other cookies as well. In any case, to each his or her own! I am a fan of many, many things British, but Marmite is not one of them. As I always tell my young daughters when they are afraid of eating something new, it is ok not to like it, but try it first! You may be surprised. Food is one of the ways to explore a culture, and it is always good to be open-minded!|
|Nicey replies: I hope I didn't give the impression that nobody would enjoy them as this obviously isn't the case. I know plenty of people in the UK who have tried them and like them a lot. They do seem to be in the minority, however. Nanny Nicey told me just last week about one her friends who enjoys Oreos dipped in peanut butter, which sounds like she has been exploring American culture in a fairly vigourous way.
Here at NCOTAASD we like nothing better than exploring other cultures through the medium of biscuits, and over the years we found some truly interesting, tasty and stimulating things to go with our tea. We've also encountered some pretty awful ones too, but as you say keep an open mind you never know.
|I heard someone from your site interviewed today on National Public Radio, regarding Oreo Cookies. He handled a tricky interview well. It isn't always easy educating Americans about the wider world, even those of a liberal bent with a so called world view. You got the message across gently that they didn't actually invent biscuits and that the rest of the world has varieties vastly superior. That applies to most things, actually.|
I've lived here a long time. now, tried Oreo Cookies when we arrived, didn't like them. My children didn't like them either. I craved Digestive biscuits and a good cup of tea so badly at first I had care packages sent over. Now, of course, this amazing Internet makes buying them online a snap.
You have a delightful, quirky site and I've enjoyed roaming around it for the past couple of hours. No doubt I'll be back and I'm about to send the link to other Ex-pats that I know.
Cheers from Annabel in Denver, Colorado - formerly a Lancashire Lass
|Nicey replies: Yes I recorded that interview last night in the BBC studios here in Cambridge. I brought a flask of tea as theirs is a bit grim.
Any how the Oreo is very obviously a national treasure in the US so it deserves some sensitive handling as a topic when discussing it face to face. I must admit to keeping my head down though in the supermarket when I bought a pack for sampling during the interview. Although the guy in the till didn't share my embarrassment and the engineer at the studio had never even heard of Oreos.
||I found your site today and mention of Chiltonian Biscuits but why has nobody mentioned their Swiss Cream biscuits. As a kid in the 60’s and 70’s I can remember pestering my mother to always buy these. The biscuit use to melt in your mouth, was light as a feather with a light sugar coating and pure white fondant filling. Absolutely delightful! Any other biscuit with ‘Swiss’ in the title these days cannot match these – pure heaven.|
|Nicey replies: These have been mentioned before, but personally I never encountered them. It seems that Chiltonian biscuits were very special indeed, we always mention them when mourning the passing of proper Gariballdi biscuits. I shall create an entry for them in the MIA database.|