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Biscato Spicy and Plain Digesta Review
I write to you midway through a two week business trip to Egypt. The lack of teaspoons is alarming. In fact, given that I'm in one of the fanciest hotels in Cairo (just next to the pyramids) their ability to produce a suitable spoon for any task is a worry. This morning at breakfast I was presented with a soup spoon to eat my little pot of yoghurt. Teaspoons are only allocated when the waiter comes to pour your coffee, and it is likely to be whisked away should you leave your table to replenish your plate from the breakfast buffet.
I would have trousered a set of eating irons by now to carry around with me however one is frequently required to pass through metal detectors to get to the simplest of objectives and I do not wish to be frisked every time I pass through the hotel reception area.
I am planning to try the breakfast tea tomorrow although I have resisted it thus far as the coffee served is so far removed from any other cup of coffee I have tried that I cannot contemplate what the tea might be like and may be disinclined to give it an honest appraisal. Also the milk served with such beverages is of the hot frothy variety which also makes me somewhat hesitant to see what it would do to the tea.
However, this in no way detracts from my overall enjoyment of the country which, like many places across the world, has it own distinctive charms and idiosyncracies. A word to your readers - bring your own supply of (plastic) teaspoons if planning to visit.
|Nicey replies: Hello again Nick,
You have of course reminded us of Wifey's trip to Cairo the other year. She didn't report any problems with the the supply of teaspoons in Egypt so maybe this is a recent and troubling issue. Anyhow thanks for the tip off.
||Dear Nicey & Wifey,|
After stumbling upon your magnificent web site and subsequently reading many tea related escapades a deeply buried memory came roaring to the surface of my consciousness. As a young boy growing up in South Wales I used to spend most weekends at my Grandparents farm and distinctly remember a peculiar practice that my Grandfather employed while drinking tea. My Grandmother was responsible for the process of making the tea which began by ‘warming’ the cup with boiling water after which the tea (Glengettie leaf as I remember) was poured from a pot which had been kept hot on the stove, milk was added and served with a saucer. While insisting that his tea was delivered on the hotter side of hot my Grandfathers eagerness to drink the tea resulted in him using the saucers surface area to startling effect. He would pour tea from the cup onto the saucer and then proceed to slurp the tea in short sharp bursts. This process was repeated 3 or 4 times and would often leave beads of tea on his stubbly chin which he wiped away with his cotton handkerchief before consuming the remaining tea from the cup in the usual way. As the use of saucers has diminished significantly in recent years I was wondering if this ritual of saucer-slurping is currently practiced, whether anyone has similar memories or, as I fear, consigned to a by-gone age.
Love the site, keep up the good work
|Nicey replies: Gary,
Its my understanding that this was a standard tea drinking procedure for people's Granddads, and its been mentioned to me many a time including unsurprisingly by a London cabbie. It does seem like something that maybe Prince Philip should be doing more often to promote British culture.
Jammie Dodger Review
|Reading your review of Jammie Dodgers, you say "This also makes attempts to part both biscuits somewhat futile, due to the adhesive jam". However following the biccy barrel being replenished, I discovered the elusive technique. Gripping one shortcake biscuit in each hand, one simply twists each biscuit in opposing directions, therefore stretching the jam until breaking point. The method wasn't 100% successful, the bottom biscuit has a tendency to crack if you try to pull the biscuits apart whilst twisting, but the majority of the time, i was successful. The anticlimax to all this however is that the jam is impossible to lick off wach shortcake half, rendering the process rather pointless, unless one desires to stick jammy dodger halves to the wall, in a sort of baked treat dado rail...|
Tunnocks Wafer Review
|Re Tunnocks products. two friends from work and myself visited the factory three years ago,we were made very welcome,and left with a very generous bag of samples.We then visited the Tunnocks tearoom around the corner and had Tunnocks own mutton pie with beans and chips,triffle, scone with butter and jam,and a mug of tea,absolutely delicious.We have made visits to the tearoom every 8 weeks since that first visit and are now on first name terms with the staff.the staff at both the factory and the tearoom are a credit to Tunnocks,it looks like a happy place to work,they are all so very pleasant.|
|Nicey replies: Yes, lookout Disneyland Paris, Tunnocks World is here. I wonder if they do weekend breaks?
Could you put your two penn'orth in please on an office dispute? It isn't a heated dispute - yet.
As you know, Jacobs Family Circle comes in a rectangular box with 2 layers of varied biscuits, each layer of which is a repeat of the other.
A colleague feels very strongly that the second layer should not be started upon until the first is done with. I think that it is fine to start the second layer as long as the first has been removed so that this is obvious.
At the end of the tea break, the second layer can be made up to full from the remains of the first, as far as possible - any gaps in the second layer can be referred to in a short note (no need to be prolix) left on the top of the first layer. This avoids the surge of disappointment when a biscuit eater lifts the first layer expecting to see yummy favourite biscuits, only to be left bereft.
I would welcome your views.
|Nicey replies: What a terrific and important question, well done.
I would definitely align with your colleague. In a free for all situation like an office then all the biscuits must be finished before starting the next layer. Any chipping away at this basic rule with sub-clauses will lead to anarchy. It's much better if every one knows where they stand, and that people excise some self discipline by having a biscuit that they are not madly keen on from time to time in-order to get to the new layer. Learning to eat the duller sorts of biscuits in a selection tin is an important life skill, however the really awful ones that almost nobody likes can be forcibly ditched on the one person who claims to like them in order to get things moving.