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At work our tea-making facilities have progressed past the plastic stirrer stage to the wooden stirrer. This is a flat stick about 5” long. It’s 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, it’s probably a regression in “green” terms, rather than a progression. And you can’t even measure out your sugar either, because a flat stick doesn’t scoop. It’s all very dispiriting. TGIF …
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.|
I have a much treasured and loved teaspoon which came free (after collecting tokens) from Tetley many many moons ago. It is possibly the most aesthetically pleasing spoon that has ever been and ideal for using as a measuring device when baking, in addition to stirring lovely cups of tea. As a person who frequently moves home I have taken to carrying it in my handbag during moves! I plan to commission a full canteen of cutlery to accompany it when I become a squillionaire. Incidentally, as a six year old, I found a teaspoon on a beach in Rimmini, Italy. I still have it and it is my second favourite spoon because of the fond memories attached to it. Is this a worrying personality defect?
|Nicey replies: Now we know why some ladies require such big handbags. I think your holiday spoon sounds even more lovely than your Tetley spoon so you shall have a bucket and spade icon too.|
With regards spoons, as I am one of those very annoying people who prefers to have a very small amount of sugar in their tea, I am often receiving gifts of very small spoons (e.g. those Italian ones for espresso) from those who find my description of 1/3 of a teaspoon or ¼ of a heaped teaspoon too complicated.
Small spoons are really good for avoiding too much sugar in the tea (yuck), but require a scientific ‘edge of chaos’ stirring technique in order to create enough turbulence to actually stir a nice large cuppa.
So my former colleague’s technique of dipping a tea-dampened ordinary teaspoon into the sugar halfway down its bowl and then stirring my tea with it has to win (as long as no dampness is left in the sugar of course).
|Nicey replies: Hoorah, thanks for getting us off to a good start by bringing in chaos theory in to the discussion.
Stephen our ISP has one of those annoying small teapoons for his sugar. He also compounds the problem by quite happily drinking his tea without sugar if there isn't any.
Leafy Pie and Green Tea Pocky Review
|Hi Nicely & Co.|
1) Perhaps what you have stumbled across with respect to the quince/green tea Pocky is that curious phenomena where an entire population turns a blind eye to the fact that something doesn't taste like it should. For example, in the Western world, we often have strawberry or banana flavour (as opposed to flavoured) products. I can't say I've ever honestly thought they taste like strawberries or bananas. All strawberry flavour products taste the same, so we have clearly agreed in some collective way, that it is the official artificial flavour.
You may have discovered the Japanese official pretend green tea flavour, without having been socially conditioned into believing it yet.
2) Perhaps the chap who thinks a Twix is a biscuit would do well to consider the caramel digestive by way of comparison. In the general taxonomy of sweet things, it's undupitably in the biscuit genus, partly due to the biscuit ratio, and partly through family ties. Also, isn't there a more fully biscuit version of the Twix? Possibly discontinued now, I'm not sure. Then again, consider the Viscount and chums. Or that thing from Fox's, which was under 50% biscuit.
I can dunk my finger into tea. Does that make my finger a biscuit? No, it does not.
Phil (of the Destrooper biscuit review)