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Kimberley and Chocolate Kimberley Review
I was interested to note the recent emails concerning our Russian cousins' drinking of tea with jam, and would like to tell Nicky Bramley about my Polish experience: one of the jams of choice which was added to tea in that fine country, by my unfine fellow-at-the-time, was rose jam. It had petals and everything (when I say 'everything' I exclude thorns and hips and leaves and stalks and roots). Rose jam is also a popular choice in Poland's famous doughnuts, which are merrily scoffed in a pre-Lenten fashion (a la pancakes), as is cheese. But that is another - and quite dangerous - matter. Imagine those petals floating up in your tea! Very pretty.
PS I am currently downing vats of tea (milked, not jammed) in order to rid my mouth of the unpleasant sensation of a Jacobs Kimberley. How can these atrocities be permitted in this day and age?
||Wow, Iíd love to know what type of jam is used in Russian tea.|
Strawberry? Lumps of strawberry hunkered at the bottom of the cup
Raspberry? A layer of pips to sieve through your teeth when you get to the bottom
Rhubarb? Stringy floaters
Blackcurrant? Little bouncy purple balls popping to the surface from time to time
Arenít other countries wonderful?
|Nicey replies: Yes it does raise many questions, doesn't it?|
I'm glad that you have decent jam at NCOTAASD HQ - this means you can try drinking tea Russian style. I lived in Russia a few years ago and when I first came across tea-with-jam, I thought "Yuck!" - until I tried it. It's easy to make - make ordinary black tea the way you like it best, then stir in a generous teaspoonful of good-quality, preferably home-made jam. Don't add milk, and obviously you won't need sugar.
Incidentally, the Russians don't always drink tea like this, just when they have people round for tea. The jam (in Russian, varenie) is provided in bowls and people also put it on slices of bread - and it's always home-made and extremely nice.
I do hope you like this new tea-drinking experience. I'm going to go and eat some biscuits now.
|Nicey replies: That is so much more impressive than fruit tea.|
||Yes, these biscuits are delicious but when are they going to get rid of the trans fats in most of them? You have to make your own if you want something that won't make your arteries choked up with fat.|
|Nicey replies: Yes some manufacturers are now starting to address this issue, with recipes being altered accordingly. As they are being required by law to reduce salt it makes it difficult for them to make 'New healthier!' claims unless they tackle the trans-fat at the same time.
What we are seeing as a result is many biscuits becoming much crumblier as they exchange hardened fat for vegetable oil.
|I like the Lincoln biscuit it's a great mid morning snack, five or six with a cup if coffee go down a treat. They're sweet but not sickly and don't give me ideas above my station.|
As great biscuit eater I enjoyed reading the revues on your website. I am sad to say that some supermarkets are not stocking Lincoln anymore re an article in the newspaper. They want to make way for more popular brands, presumably ones with more artificial additives and cartoon characters on the pack.
Long live the Lincoln.