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I've been doodling doodles of what biscuits get up to when we aren't looking and I thought you might like to see... one of them features a biscuit in coffee, I hope this doesn't upset you too much :)
|Nicey replies: I think the picture of the Zombie Teddy on your site is actually more worrying.
Fox's Classic Review
Like others, I am a great fan of your biscuit devotional portal who had wondered as to the lacuna confronting lovers of the Fox's Classic.
I enjoyed the Classic, along with many other Fox's creations during a period of biscuit binging of around 1 year or more from 1991-1992. This was during my time at Sheffield University when I would frequently munch through a packet of biscuits whilst losing a game of chess on Tuesday night at the University chess club, Great times!
I started off as a vegetarian, enjoying the multifarious pleasures of the biscuit world, but after converting to veganism, I found that amongst Fox's biscuits, only the original Classic seemed to fit the bill-I say original, because at that time the Classic did not have any cream and was a circular, slightly golden brown, biscuit with a really freshly baked taste. Also, that hint of coconut you mentioned was deliciously apparent. I seem to remember that at the same time a creamy variant was evolving and perhaps in terms of survival of the fittest in the biscuit Universe, the original Classic died out, like a baked Neanderthal, lamented by just a few palaeontologists of the biscuit world. Perhaps one day, during a dig in the Neander valley, vast seams of Fox's Classics will be enearthed in fossilized packs or maybe frozen packs will be dug out from the ice in Siberia, or have gone unnoticed in the stomachs of mammoths?
Along with the Fox's classic I used to love a kind of Co-op wholemeal digestive from my Sheffield days and last year I returned to the city. Imagine my joy when I returned to the co-op in Crookes and found it's packets still evident in their natural environment ! It was like finding a fly trapped in the amber of the Co-op!
I read your section on a couple of Indian biscuits as I am in the sub-continent at the moment. Actually a considerably wider variety of biscuits exist here and I hope on my return to UK (possibly in December if my visa extension is successful). That I can bring back a wider range of these product for your perusal.
I would like to thank you once again for maintaining such a great website.
||My husband will not have a bulbous kettle in the house, no matter how nice a cup of tea it makes. Is this normal?|
Hi there, mister husband here. Here is a classic example of a bulbous kettle Although you can see the water boiling, which is nice, the kettle is still very bulbous. Bulbosity is worsened by opaque, often garish greenish sides.
Googling for this I notice there are a lot of kettles about which are triangular, which is also bad. Some are both bulbous and triangular.
When we bought our last kettle, we were able to find only 1 kettle in some 7 or so shops that was not either a) bulbous or b) triangular, or c) otherwise overdesigned. And even this is IMO a bit flash. Also our first one electrocuted me because water kept leaking into the handle, but that is by the by.
My parents recently bought which is neither bulbous nor flash. I wish it were mine.
I think my wife just wanted to tell someone she thought I was weird, but I would like to propose a poll:
I am not sure if there is any technical merit in bulbous or triangular kettles (maybe they boil faster). When I ask google "is a triangular kettle better" I get "The Beaver Fur Hat" & "Corn Chip Review". I'd be interested to hear if there is any engineering reason for bulbosity, but it will not induce me to buy one.
|Nicey replies: Sarah,
Please pass along to your husband our compliments on some excellent kettle links, and for his efforts with Google and the splendid poll idea.
I'm delighted to see from Glyn's email that I'm not alone in my dunking habit. Putting butter in tea is part of Tibet's cultural legacy to the world and should be embraced by us Westerners.
In fact I'm happy to dunk anything that I could eat with a cup of tea. Victoria sponge cake is a particular favourite, but needs a bit of hand-eye coordination and a fast mug-to-mouth return.
Yours with soggy crumbs all over the table, Lin.
|Nicey replies: Yak's milk butter at that. Some friends of ours about ten years ago walked to the base camp at K2. They camped each night in their state of the art tent and sleeping bags, after a nutritionally balanced re-hydrated meal. Meanwhile their Nepalese guides fashioned a shelter from a few rocks a sheet and stick and brewed up tea with lumps of melted yak butter in it.|
New product alert! The Teastick appears to be the perfect synthesis of tea leaves and spoon.
It's one of those things that I've got an incredible amount of admiration for, yet absolutely no intention of buying.
|Nicey replies: Stuff like that mildly annoys me.|