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||More Nice biscuit stuff - Me and my biscuit partner decided recently that they should be given a chance and that maybe they were just mis-understood and very clearly the subject of a hate campaign led by Nicey the biscuit master general. After all, we both clearly remembered eating them as kids. So, we bought a pack, and ate them.|
And were both nearly sick.
|Nicey replies: That was a dangerous and foolhardy stunt at best. Think on.
||Sorry nicey, but I like nice biscuits. They're from Nice in France (pronounced NEICE)|
Pink wafers, however are truly the spawn of satan.I remember when I was a cub scout, doing the bob-a-job & crappy stuff for the church, every church function our group was involved in had the terrible shitty pink things that nobody took (as well as orange Creams - Vile!). so why the hell does every
church fayre / bazaar / jumble sale have these hades based snack?
However I think you need to put a little icon for Cream bicuits, Ie Gypsy Creams (what Richard Whitely from countdown keeps going on about) which are more a coffee biscuit than tea, a viable alternative to Malted milk or Morning Coffee bickies.
Does anyone know a spaniosh biscuit called "Marie Lu"? They're well nice, with a taste almost like custard! Wierd, but ultimately satisfying.
|Nicey replies: Glen,
Someone out there has to like Nice biscuits, or they wouldn't make them, so we'll assume its you till I hear otherwise.
Thanks for the icon suggestion, it sounds sensible and well considered.
||I woke up this morning thinking, "Do Nice biscuits really come from Nice?" We live in Canada now, but my wife is originally from Nice so I asked her, and after we'd sorted out why the frig I was waking her up at half past six on a Sunday - she didn't actually say 'frig', her English is that good now, but I know there are sensitive ears out there amongst biscuiphiles - she thought about it for a minute and said, "What the frig is a Nice biscuit?" So, I set out to find out, and lo and behold I discovered your Internet site. Thank you, a gap well filled. Anyway, my point is this. We all know|
how appalling the French can be when they try, but if we must have a go at them, let's leave it to their predilection to vote for lunatics. On the biscuit front I'd guess the "Nice" is an English creation made especially to undermine the image of France as a land of the sublime. If you really want to face the issue head on, try tackling the Lu Petit Ecolier, dark chocolate. A biscuit as remarkable as it is simple, and yet another reason to have France allowed to remain exactly as it is, unchanged from this point forth, given protected status and declared a world cultural theme park.
|Nicey replies: Glad we could help out with your biscuit query. The main thing to realise about Nice biscuits is they are vile, regardless of who is responsible for them. Your Wife is wise to distance herself from these biscuits by denying all knowledge of them, and all citizens of Nice would be do well to follow her example.
France is indeed a lovely place, I go there when ever possible to ski and drink tea at altitude. In the summer I like nothing better than to visit the Loire, Charante and Vesére valleys, where I have any amount of very enjoyable sit downs. French food and wine is fantastic, they've got some outstanding cakes. I work with a bunch of French folks and one French Canadian, all lovely people and many have developed a taste for digestives, Jammy Dodgers and other fine biscuits.
Regrettably, however French biscuits in general are crap. I've had those Petit Ecolier jobs, Milk Chocolate and Caramel Choc, and indeed refer to them in my Biscuit FAQ, they are an attempt to make Petit Beurre palatable by putting a big old lump of chocolate, on top. They nearly succeeded but the Petit Beurre underneath detracted from it. They also had to stack them in some sort of tray insert thing 4 compartments of 3 if I remember correctly.
Jacob's Orange Club Review
|As a reply to your comment as to the disgusting way the French have treated the club biscuit,I just have to say that the club is still around in all its forms(mint,orange,plain,and raisin)-personally mint was always my favourite.However the layer of mint topping is now so thin you can hardly taste it, and as for the chocolate on the top don't even get me started. Ps pink wafers rule no matter what you say.|
||Just thought I'd fill in a blank on the FAQ bit of your site (www.nicecupofteaandasitdown.com/biscuits) - I don't know how accurate this is, but from what I was told, I've gathered that 'Nice' biscuits are actually named after a place in France, called Nice.|
So, now ya know. :)
|Nicey replies: Yes I've a had a couple of emails on this. Its all part of the French plan to knock out iffy biccys. Presumably living in Nice is so 'nice' that they couldn't be arsed to make a proper biscuit, as there was too much sun bathing and Côte d'Azur fun to be had to me mucking about with biscuit creation.
MAYOR: "We are falling behind in the white heat of cake and biscuit development, Dundee, and Eccles both have cakes, we probably need our own biscuit, something that can bare the name of Nice with pride"
BAKER: "Look, I was mucking about trying to make biscuits out of twigs string and old door mats and it all went a bit wrong, and I wound up with these nasty little jobs."
MAYOR: "Gakkk, those are bloody awful"
BAKER: "Quick drink this Pastis muck it tastes worse"
MAYOR: "I don't really care anymore, so they'll do. Lets go to the beach and get pissed"
BAKER: "Righty ho"