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||I'm terribly sorry if this has been asked before, but Twix has been the cause of myriad arguments in my flat. I insist it is a chocolate bar, but my flatmate is adamant that it's a biscuit, for the simple reason that you can dunk it in tea. Surely this is not the only criterion on which it is decided?|
Please can you let me know your judgment in this case? She just won't listen to reason!
|Nicey replies: The Twix does have a piece of biscuit inside it, which gives it a much better claim on being a biscuit than the fact that it can be immersed in tea. However it stalks around in the outer reaches of the Venn Diagram in the union of chocolate bars and chocolate covered biscuits. As such it has a foot in both camps, but its heritage is that of confectionary rather than biscuit, so I'm more than inclined to place it with its confectionary stable mates such as the Mars bar and Malteser.
Actually somebody asked last week if Maltesers were biscuits and I didn't grace them with such a long reply.
Leafy Pie and Green Tea Pocky Review
|Dear Mr Nicey,|
I just thought that you'd like to know what the flavour of those pretzelly things actually is. Verily it is not quince, but rather that old Japanese favourite - green tea!
I do in fact reside in the land of bonkers, have done for nigh on seven years now, and I still find myself being surprised by anything and everything!
PS Loved your book. FANTASTIC!!
PPS I write my own blog about Japan, and about tea (although sadly the latter is in Japanese, ganbatte! = good luck!)
|Nicey replies: Hello Julie,
I have had green tea before but I don't think it can have been the same stuff as the Japanese are using, as the Pocky didn't rekindle any latent memories of it. I'll stick with Quince as the nearest thing in my personal experience but may be try and get hold of some proper green tea, if nothing else to see how near to mark or far off of it these Pocky are.
||Esteemed Mr Nicey,|
A very small dash of cinnamon sugar can add zest to a good black Italian coffee. Being genetically multigustatory, I've been awaiting the arrival of the tea equivalent on the supermarket shelves of the leafy eastern suburbs of beloved Melbourne.
It's here! We're now able to sample, enjoy, nay, relish Twinings Chai, in luxuriously impressive black boxes of 50 teabags. The list of ingredients tells the full, glorious story:
Tea, Ginger Root (10%), Cinnamon Bark (10%), Natural Spice Flavourings including Star Anise and Clove (5%), Natural Flavour (Cinnamon).
You can add milk, if you really feel the need, 'cos that's how it's served in India.
All we need now is the Dilmah version, and, verily our cup runneth over.
I ever remain, kind Sir, and Mrs Wifey, and Smallpersons,
Blissful but ever 'umble,
|Nicey replies: Well I'm not sure about that, but I do fancy a chicken curry now.
||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
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I have recently moved jobs and am in somewhat of a dilemma. My new office has most inadequate tea making facilities. They provide PG Tips, whilst not my favourite, makes a decent brew. Instead of a kettle there is a boiler and worst of all there are no mugs or cups. Everybody uses little plastic cup that are fine for water, but donít work for tea. I like a fine bone china mug with a white inside by preference, but any old mug will do in a storm. I tried hard to get used to it, but after a week of drinking very average tea I have given up and now use the Cafť Nero across the road who do an excellent black coffee.
I am only here for a short time so I donít want to ruffle any feathers by supplying a kettle and bringing my own mug. There is a danger that my new colleagues will think I am looking down my nose at them.
Perhaps you could point me in the right direction before I become a hardened coffee drinker.
Many thanks in advance.
|Nicey replies: Mark,
Not only are little plastic cups bad for the environment but they can also lead to tea spillage, and bring that unwelcome fragrance of injection moulded Polyethylene Terephthalate to your tea. I would make a stand, point out that their tea is not up to scratch and if you upset anyone it's OK because you'll be out of there soon. I would be surprised if a few people didn't rally to your cause.