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||Dear Nicey et al,|
On the subject of more people drinking coffee over tea, I think some blame must be lain on the office environment. Where I work, there isn't a kitchen, only vending machines. I can't get through the day without several hot drinks so I have to make due with this vile abomination - however, and this is my point, that even truely foul vending machine coffee tastes a damn sight better than the utterly disgusting and insipid liquid that tries to pass itself off as tea in these things!!
I have to make up my tea ration when I get home by drinking it out of a HUGE mug!
|Nicey replies: Excellent, I've just blown the dust off the vending machine icon.|
||Dear Nicey, Wifey and the Younger Members of Staff|
It appears that disaster is upon us and tea is now being outsold by coffee as reported by the Guardian. Is there any hope for humanity? Apparently it is due to the rise in herbal tea drinking...
|Nicey replies: That story seems to be laying the blame with the 20-30 year olds for not drinking enough tea, but in these circumstances I blame the parents too. My niece who will soon be 18 up till now hasn't drunk tea, coffee or anything much really (water and squash I suppose). She realised that to make her way in this world she has to drink tea. Therefore she has taught herself how to do this in the last six months. Naturally we are all very pleased and somewhat relieved. Especially my sister who feels she is somewhat off the hook now, re raising a non-tea drinking daughter.
We can all do our bit to help by making sure that everybody who should be drinking tea does so. Gentle persuasion such denial of access to biscuits unless drinking tea can help. Personally I think it's morally just to insist tea drinking is mandatory in all new employees, unless they can produce some medical reason why not. It should be on CVs in the beverages section, just above qualifications. Coffee drinking can just about be tolerated as most coffee drinkers are tea drinkers in waiting. People who just drink fizzy pop should be strongly encouraged to tea, or emigrate to some country where this is acceptable.
People who just drink herbal tea need to sort it out and start drinking proper tea (again medical exceptions will be grudgingly accepted as long as they accompanied by a 'I'd rather drink proper tea if I could').
There that's not too unreasonable is it?
Malted Milk Review
To further the Malted Milk discussion… I’m sure I used to nibble around a gate and a cow! I am familiar of the big cow little cow motif but am surprised and slightly concerned at the state of my memory that no-one else seems to be aware of the cow and gate combo.
Have you come across any brands with this design? I’m thinking as far back as the mid-eighties!
Hoping I’m not bonkers,
|Nicey replies: Hannah,
Churns cow, cow gate and cow cow. Hope that clears it up for you.
McVitie's Milk Chocolate and Orange Digestive Review
A dull trip to somerfield was enlivened no end with the discovery of mint chocolate digestives! I didn't know such a thing existed, and the hubby and I had no trouble seeing off an entire packet in the lull between getting home and having dinner. They were reminiscent of Viscounts, which I am very fond of but can't eat without hearing my mother's disapproving tone. I haven't tried the orange digestives but didn't like the caramel ones at all. Mint ones, however, rock! Are they limited edition or likely to stick around a while?
Regards as ever,
|Nicey replies: Hello Rachael,
Yes I mentioned them at the end of the last newsletter, they were announced back in April but have only just hit the shops. Something about the Mint ones makes them seem much more fully realised to me than the Orange ones. They have that certain indefinable air of maturity which I felt was lacking from the Orange digestives, which seemed experimental by comparison. The Mint ones seem to have a much more substantial texture to their digestive and as you say the mint flavour is excellently executed. I must check back with the Orange ones again to see if their digestive has changed from the very early versions I tried.
The good news is that Mint Chocolate Digestives look to be a permanent addition to the range.
I read your reply to feedback from Melanie about Saltines and your subsequent suggestion to try matzah (pl. matzot or matzos), and the fact they taste ‘grim’. Jewish people traditionally eat matzah at Passover – it is known as ‘the bread of affliction’!
You make matzah less afflicting by spreading soften butter and homemade jam on it! Beware though, this will surely bung on the calories no end!
Incidentally I would like to recommend the Rakusen kosher Digestive biccie (available plain and in choccy variants), it tastes great, dunks well, and even goes well with a little cream cheese on top!
|Nicey replies: Indeed, a liberal coating of butter and jam is going to perk most things up, including a cardboard box. I thought that her diet may we'll preclude spreading butter and jam all over anything a bit unappetising she may be required to eat.
Mind you maybe there is indeed a new wonder diet lurking in there. The 'Butter and Jam' diet where you can eat only unpleasant and nasty stuff but you are allowed to smoother it in butter and jam.