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||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.
Griffin's vs McVities Ginger Nut Review
|Dear Sir or Madam , Having stumbled across your website, I'm amazed that McVities are quoted as makers of Ginger Nuts. Yes , they produce a bicuit with a hint of ginger in it , but in my quest to find a real ginger nut , they rate quite low! I finally found a Ginger Nut that truly lives up to its name. Sold, I admit by a German Supermarket , "LIDL" & made for them by "Parkside". These really DO have ginger in them ,it hits the taste buds after the tiniest bite,! I buy a box of 30 packets at a time to ensure against the store running out of stock. No , I dont eat them all day, I probably eat about 5 or 6 a day , but by bulk buying I never risk having to "make do" with insipid alternatives.|
|Nicey replies: Dennis,
Of course the point about Gingernuts and one of their most endearing features is how different they are between brands, and yet they are all unmistakably Gingernuts. Obviously people look for different things in different orders of importance, on their list of what makes an ideal Gingernut. Its for that reason that we have over ten reviews of different Ginger nuts/snaps/biscuits on the site, and there is plenty of scope for more.
As for Parkside that is simply Lidl's own brand. If you look at the address of their head office you'll see why. I haven't worked out where or which manufacturer makes Lidl's biscuits, but a lot of the evidence does point at Germany. However, given their EU orientated supply chain it could be just about anyplace in Europe - Germany, France, Belguim, Holland, Ireland or the UK. When I see the Parkside brand I do tend to assume that this is a product made specifically for Lidl's UK stores, and thus probably of UK origin.
We shall check out a pack next time we pass through Lidls on a fact finding mission.