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Spoons. Where would we be without them? Many, many moons ago when I was a mere slip of a lad I started work at a local paper mill. Good tea facilities and is probably the place where i became a serious tea drinker! We brought our own mugs to work and i brought a spoon as well. As I was still living at home at the time this spoon was taken from the family cutlery drawer and was part of a cutlery set referred to as the 'Danish' stuff due, no doubt, to the fact that my parents had bought it when my
father worked in Denmark in 1963.
Anyway, the spoon itself was of extremely rugged construction with a decent sized bowl and, most importantly, a rib around the handle which offered the sort of rigidity required to give the tea-bag a really good squeeze! And it was comfortable to handle.
This spoon sort of followed me when I joined the RAF and journeyed the world with me as the Government invited me to participate in their latest war (the full range, mind you, from the Falklands to Iraq, with most of the others in between). As you can imagine I grew quite fond of said spoon and when it came to moving house in early 2003 I duly put aside the requisites for tea for us and the removal men. Imagine my horror when, at the end of the day, spoon could not be found!
What to do when you can't trust someone with your spoon?
I may have to resort to raiding my parents cutlery drawer (again!) when I next go and visit.
By the way, the best fruit shortbread biccies were made by NAAFI.
Trev the biscuit boy
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
|Hello Nicey and Wifey|
It was very of Andy Ley to ask after me. I am delighted to report that the Tunnocks Tea Cake Fountain Experiment was an enormous success. I carefully chose the correct time of day and atmospheric conditions and asked a doctor to be present. I pierced two small holes in the teacake exactly 180 degrees apart. I used a straightened paperclip. This gives exactly the right amount of control over the size of the hole you are making. I also have lots of paperclips on my desk, which is handy. I then carefully raised the teacake, with the holes correctly aligned, to my lips. I blew. I then carefully lowered the teacake and turned it round to examine the hole opposite to the one I had blown in. The medical man and I were enormously gratified to see that a stream of white foamy gooey stuff had emerged from the hole and was snaking down the teacake.
Sadly I have stopped being a high powered lawyer in that particular PLC kind of place and have come to be one in another PLC kind of place where, would you believe it, they stopped giving staff free biscuits and started giving them fruit instead.
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
|Nicey, Wifey, Et al|
Hello again, I thought I would put my two pennys in to the Suitable spoon debate.
The other day I was making a cup of tea, and as i came to stir it, I looked in the draw to find there were no clean teaspoons. Now normally in such situations I would steal the dedicated sugar spoon my mum keeps in the sugar bowl (it's not allowed to go any closer than an inch above the cup, incase the spoon gets damp, turns the sugar in the bowl damp and lumpy and all human life ceases to exist, or something like that) however it seemed that someone (probably my brother) had already done this.
With no spoon in sight, and my cupp fast approaching stewing stage, I scrabbled madly in the draw, only to stumble across a Heinz Baby Basic spoon that my nephew uses when he comes to visit (by Basic spoons are brightly coloured bendy rubber things that young kids can safely stick in their eye without fear of going blind).
With no other viable alternative in site I grabbed this spoon expecting disaster, yet as i placed the spoon into the mug and proceeded to stir, I noticed that the slight give in the spoon was making it stir the tea far more efficently than a metal spoon, and whats more, the spoon would bend out of the way of the tea bag instead of snagging on the bag and dragging it around the mug. The end result was a tasty cuppa, it would seem that with the spoon bending away from the tea bag, the tea had more room to move, and blended with the water far more effectively.
So there you go, what I was expecting to be a thouroughly unsuitable spoon, actually made a lovely cuppa!
P.S. Jane Purdon that I'm dying to know how you got on with the Tunnocks tea cake fountain, please enlighten us (well, me, I'm probably the only one sad enough to want to know)
|Nicey replies: I have been known to take the younger members of staff's former dinner spoons on picnics to deploy with the NCOTAASD thermos flask. They have the advantage of being brightly coloured so can be spotted in rucksacks easily. Also we get a nice 'we must be on a picnic' sensation from using lots of plastic gear.|
My question is: Where do all the teaspoons go? I used to bulk buy them and supply the whole workplace rather than waste 20 minutes looking for the last one. One year I supplied 6 dozen, all identifiable due to their shape. Within 6 months not a single one could be found. I have resorted to using knives, table spoons and even forks (as stirrers, they are pretty useless as measurers...) The thing is, despite all my worry, I don't even need a spoon! I take my tea without sugar.
Living in Dover, only 22 miles from the Continent, I suspect the missing spoons are somehow being filched by mysterious foreign-types intent on bringing England to her knees by the destruction of our tea breaks. Only us sugar-frees will stand firm!
|Nicey replies: Ben,
Regard anybody who eats yogurt at lunch time with great suspicion.
I work in a Police Control room - tea is welcome sustenance throughout long shifts and we have all learnt everyone elses preferences for their tea, no matter how quirky (exactly how many types of milk are there now anyway?).
But I digress - it seems to matter not how many tea spoons are supplied/brought in/"borrowed" from other departments kitchens, the poor person entrusted with the task of making the tea will have to spend at least 5 minutes hunting for a spoon.
I have requested an investigation but the powers that be mutter about wasting police time!