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McVities Light Range Review
First time I have mailed – but , ah, your website brightens my life like an all-chocolate KitKat finger. Whether that’s a reflection on NCOTAASD or my life… well.
Anyway. I was absolutely forced to address the emergence of these low fat biscuits. All I can say is…
IT’S A BISCUIT. If you want to look like Gillian McKeith go and have a sprout with your tea (which would most definitely be of the brilliantly classified blanket ‘unproper’ variety anyway, although probably something along the lines of fennel and rare bileberry). Why exactly you would want to look like a wizened vending-machine teabag anyway is questionable, but judging by the obviously hitherto-repressed little jets of vitriol bursting up here I think I’d better leave it at that.
Once again. It’s a biscuit. Come on, nation. Let them have their naughtiness. Let something be full fat, full danger, full fun. It’s a sad day when choosing a standard-calorie garibaldi becomes a sign of recklessly antisocial pro-obesity-and-social-downfall derring-do.
Up the biscuits. Molls xx
|Nicey replies: I find them interesting because they are a bit different eating wise.|
||Nicey and Wifey,|
I feel I must at once comment on your picture of a mug of tea on the home page under the heading 'Lovely Tarts'.
Call that tea??
The colour is of the stuff served up in a back street transport cafe. It should have a depth of colour that tells the drinker that he/she is about to drink a premium Assam, not a supermarket own brand.
Also i have to remark on the amount of milk that has been used, i guess at least 25ml by the colour. It should surely be no more than 10ml-15ml.
I trust that you will be putting this right, and that it is just a temporary erring on an otherwise excellent web site.
Flt Cmmdr Andrew Hawksworth (rtd)
|Nicey replies: I could cope with a bacon doorstep and a mug of back street transport cafe tea right now. As for the tea, well you obviously like yours a bit different to ours, although I admit the lighting on that shot makes it look a tad milky.|
Fox's Brandysnaps Review
Just wanted to share my thoughts on the brandy snap - although I like them crispy like you, my favourite is when they have been left in in the open air for a day or so and they go a bit 'off'. This leaves them with a nice chewy consistency.
Mmmm - but only at Christmas. It's very naughty to eat them at any other time of the year!
By the way I live in New Zealand now and I really miss our biscuits from home. The biscuit aisle here is very short and not very imaginative. What I wouldn't give for a hobnob or two! It's not that their bad -there's just not much selection really and we miss the simple perfection of things like chocolate digestives.
But I'm pleased to report that the long-lost tradition of morning tea is still alive and kicking in the workplace here. Kiwis love nothing more than an excuse to stop work and have a cuppa and an Anzac (now there's a nice biscuit for you!) or a cake.
||Sorry to contradict your obviously vast knowledge of tea/biscuit affairs but their is a slight error about one foodstuff's categorization. Recently there was a legal disbute about whether a jaffa cake was a biscuit or a cake. The 'tax man' told the good people of mcvitees that as the jaffa was clearly a cake they would need to pay more V.A.T. For the sake of not having to pay extra the case was brought to court by Mcvitees to permentaly brand the jaffa as a lower V.A.T foodstuff (a biscuit). The case was eventually settled classifying jaffa cakes as a biscuit and therefore mcvitees had to pay less. Im sorry i dont know how they achieved this in court but i got the jist of the case from a freind who is currently studying law.|
|Nicey replies: Sorry but you or your friend have that almost completely backwards.
Perhaps you might want to refer to either our book or the proceedings of the 1991 VAT tribunal case 6344, as we did.
Yours even more Sincerely
Long time no speak. I've just been on a month long road trip in the States and I have to say that the tea situation is very grave across the pond. I was subject to a near disaster while taking breakfast in Washington DC and this was down to the classification of teas on the menu. I ordered some eggs, home fries and a tea. What could possibly go wrong? I was presented with a glass of Ice Tea. Silly me for not ordering "Hot Tea". The chaos didn't end there. I was then given a list of teas to choose from. "Have you got any normal tea?" I asked. "No".
I had to resort to Earl Grey.
This experience made me resort to going to the supermarket to buy some tea bags. (Yes, I know I should have taken some PG over with me but I forgot). The only normal tea they had was Twinings, drinkable so it had to do. They also had Tetleys but only decaffinated as well as a multitude of different fruit, colour, herb, twig, bark, mud and other "teas" as they call them.
Now i'm back in the UK and spent the first two days back getting my fix of reliable old PG Tips. I've been averaging about 9 cups a day since i've got back (a good 3 or 4 more than before). I'm hoping to cut back slightly as i'm sure it's not good to drink that much.
There are a lot of good things about the States, but tea is not one of them.
|Nicey replies: Hello Jim,
Good to hear from you. There is a certain book with your name in the acknowledgements that opens with a chapter on this self same dire scenario. We'll have an extra cuppa here at NCOTAASD HQ to show our support at what must be a very difficult time for you.