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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!
||A topic close to the cockles.|
At work our tea-making facilities have progressed past the plastic stirrer stage to the wooden stirrer. This is a flat stick about 5Ē long. Itís recyclable, but it gets put in the only bin around, which is the one with all the unrecyclable stuff in it. So thinking about it, itís probably a regression in ďgreenĒ terms, rather than a progression. And you canít even measure out your sugar either, because a flat stick doesnít scoop. Itís all very dispiriting. TGIF Ö
I'm very much aware of the importance of suitable spoons. At my workplace I am the proud wielder of a small piece of Sheffield's finest known affectionately as the Spoon of Justice (TM). It's a bit tannin-stained, it's not imbued with any magical powers, nor will it banish demons (except the spoon-phobic ones) yet it is an utensil of which I am highly fond.
It's strange to think that one can be fond of a teaspoon, yet it does play an important part in the most crucial ritual of anyone's day - making a cup of tea. Maybe that's looking too deeply into the subject... I'd better go for a lie down!
Cheers and good health to you and the staff.
|Nicey replies: I always have a stick of justice for poking BBQs at NCOTAASD HQ, but I've never had a spoon of justice, I'm very envious.|