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||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,|
I thought you might like to know that your website, viewed by many to be a 'bit of fun', has proved to be a valuable tool to my degree. As part of a recent module, I had to compare two companies within an industry, and I chose to look at McVitie's and Fox's. Having discussed this with a friend (thank you Dr Dicks), he lead me to look at your website. It proved to be invaluable in my all too frequent moments of 'work avoidance', as I could convince myself that hours spent looking at your site was in fact essential and thoroughly relevant research.
The end result was a mark of 83% for my coursework, which had improved my overall average greatly. So thank you to all at NCOTAASD for your brilliant site (which I of course referenced in my bibliography) and keep up the good work. And to any sceptics out there, read these pages carefully... they and their knowledge could lead to great things....
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.
||I have just been introduced to your site and can see that I am going to become an addict. On the subject of tea-making facilities in the USA - a few days after moving to America one of my neighbours invited me over for a visit. She poured herself a cup of coffee (freshly roasted and ground Blue Mountain beans, lightly steamed milk) but insisted on making me a cup of tea, since "that's what you English like, right?" - cup, tea bag, teaspoon, HOT WATER OUT OF TAP! Quite unspeakably vile.|
Of course, being English, I drank it.
|Nicey replies: If you plan on seeing this neighbor ever again then you are best off sorting this matter out. Either that or bung her a cup of 'Mellow Birds' instant coffee whitened with Coffee Mate when she visits you, made with tap water of course, that should put the wind up her.|
Morning Coffee Review
Thoroughly enjoy the site. I have spent many an hour at work secretly reading through the pages and feel that my knowledge of the biscuit world has greatly increased.
What I can find very little discussion on, however, is the therapeutic qualities of the humble biscuit. Indeed in these days when hard drugs are available on almost every street corner (except for the one outside our local village post office), the far less dangerous and illegal qualities of small baked treats are often ignored. I myself find the sugary qualities of a custard cream (strangely the cheaper the brand the better) to be most uplifting in times of depression. When feeling unwell but struggling into work anyway (as only us men can do) I find the power of a penguin alongside my PG tips 'One Cup' helps the day speed along nicely. When tucked up in bed, snuffling with man-flu, nothing can beat the healing powers of a 'Nice' (except maybe a slice of marmite on toast brought up to you on a little plate and cut up into triangles). On the flip side when feeling 'over-happy' a single Rich Tea can bring you straight back down to earth.
What I would like to know is does anyone else have any 'little favourites' that they rely on in times of need ?
None of these little 'treatments' will lead to a stay in The Priory, nor will they give you a nose like Daniella Westbrook. Eastern cultures have their own mystical remedies and potions. What I say is do us Brits have to look any further than the snacks aisle of Asda to find our own home-grown equivalents.
Keep on munching !
P.S. My own version of wifey would like to know whats going on with 'Morning Coffees' these days. They are the closest thing to a treat that her latest fad diet will allow and none of our local supermarkets seem to stock them anymore ? Have they gone AWOL or is the a shortage hitting the Lancashire area ?
|Nicey replies: There are some people who imagine that Arrowroot biscuits are some kind of aid to wobbly tum, but I think you are probably referring to the ability of a biscuit or two and a cuppa to set you right. In which case we tend to go about that all the time.
Yes there does seem to be a nation wide Morning Coffee crisis, which I have been assuming is related to on going problems at the United Biscuits plant in Carlisle since the flooding at new year.