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||My former employers prevented us from having a nice cuppa by confiscating the kettle from our own staff kitchen. The reasoning was that we hadn't been trained in using a kettle - oh dear! As a result we were forced to experience the wrath of the vending machine and the tea tasted strangely of fish. |
I was just sitting here in the US as a Scouser in exile, having a nice cup of tea and a sit down at work, when I came across Peter's email regarding Dundee biscuits.
I remember them clearly as well from my childhood days in Liverpool, and they were gorgeous, huge, chocolatey biscuits! I can't remember the last time I had them, but now they've been mentioned, I remember with fondness their taste.
In the US we can get some decent British biscuits (like chocolate McVitie's and Hob Nobs), but most of what is sold is sub-standard cookie-like efforts. It may be worth your while to take a visit to the US to see the state of the biscuit and tea situation; almost inevitably, you get offered "tea" in dodgy cups with the teabag still in it, and the milk (or, horrors, cream) on the side.
The Americans are, by the way, fascinated by my electric kettle (you know, the type every house in the UK has!) ... they still use whistling kettles on top of the oven - how 19th century!
Anyway, your site is great - a nice way to remember England, and I steer both English and non-English friends to it (for educational purposes, of course).
|Nicey replies: Yes we had a big discussion about electric kettles and America back in September. The conclusions were that even those electric kettles that did exist in the States weren't able to boil water as fast as our Brit kettles due to their weedy 120V electricity. Hoorah! for proper dangerous power supplies. This seemed to explain the barbarous practice of making tea in microwave ovens, prevalent in the US.
As for dodgy American biscuits, Biscuit Enthusiast Mandy has just brought me back a packet of something with peanut butter in, from New York. I have to have a sneaking regard for the Americans ingenuity in getting rid of their mountains of surplus peanut butter. Perhaps anybody driving one of those odd looking Chrysler Roadsters around the UK might want to get the door panels off just in case the Yanks have stashed a few gallons of spare crunchy peanut butter in there.
Abbey Crunch Review
|Firstly I would like to say that I love your site and it has reawakened my interest in biscuits (which is not necessarily a good thing).|
Secondly, I am a strong believer in one tea bag per cup however I respect the right for people to drink their tea however they want. My sister merely waves a tea bag at hot water and adds in half a pint of milk so I have learnt to be understanding of other tea drinkers preferences.
Thirdly, I want to share exciting kettle news. I was recently given a new kettle for my birthday and it has changed my tea drinking. Previously I had to swirl the tea bag around non stop and lift it out fairly fast to avoid horrid scum on the top of the tea (I live in a hard water area). However, I now have a filter kettle and it is amazing. I can leave the tea bag for a good 5 mins to brew and no scum at all! The result is much nicer tea as I can properly taste it. I would recommend this kettle to anyone also suffering in a hard water area. I believe it was from John Lewis.
Finally, Abbey Crunch really is the king of biscuits. My boyfriend found a supplier for me last week as I was getting desperate to have an Abbey Crunch (having forgotten how wonderful they were until you reminded me) and I now have 5 packs lined up ready for a nice cup of tea and a sit down!
||Hoping to stop this terrible thread -- most serious tea drinkers here in the US (myself & husband included) DO have electric kettles - even cordless! I purchased mine online (amazon.com), and have enjoyed it for several years now. Cannot even *remember* how to boil water on the stove! |
Portland (Maine, USA)
|Nicey replies: Hoorah for your cordless US kettle.|
||One possible reason that electric kettles have never become popular in North America is that their mains power is not up to the job. At a voltage of 110V and a socket current limit of 15A, the maximum power available is only about half that from the 240V/13A system found in Britain. It really is quicker to boil water on a stove in the US. |
Time for a cup of tea,
|Nicey replies: Surely NASA or Intel has a solution for this. Can't all the heat coming off all those Pentium chips in all those US PCs be put to good use to boil up water for tea. You can after all fry eggs on them. Come on sort it out the US, its only boiling water.|