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||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.
Ellen from North Carolina was kind enough to reply to my mild whinge about the absence of kettles in the USA, a topic which I note from your archives has been the subject of heated debate. From my quite extensive researches on two trips in the last year to ten proper cities in the US (i.e. big ones), I found not a single kettle. I did however find urns with spitting taps, coffee-makers substituting as tea-makers, vacuum flasks marked 'hot water' for which you needed an IQ of over 140 to open, plus the seemingly ubiquitous microwave. In fact, I suffered a quite nasty experience in one beautifully appointed house where I opened the microwave and was confronted with an encrusted and seemingly toxic ecosystem. I urge travellers to beware. This is not for the faint-hearted and you must not be complacent.
With kind regards
PS Tip : Betty's in York were giving away packets of Yorkshire Tea yesterday! I got one for the price of a macaroon.
|Nicey replies: I'm very fond of a macaroon now and again.
||Hi there Nicey|
Just leafing throught the Things which used to be on NCOTAASD section when I spotted the Tefal Delphina Kettle - EXACTLY the same model as I have (but in white with a vinyl lid) - and I thought I had to write a quick note to extol the virtues of this water boiling device - yes I grant you it's a bit noisy but goodness does it boil water to withtin an inch of it's life - at the speed of light! - I can't see any experimental circuitry or technology in this kettle - it just boils SO quick - luvly when you REALLY deserve a 'quick cuppa' (unlike most kettles that seem to sense the desperate tea preparation of someone who REALLY needs a cuppa - and then almost torment you with the slowness they suddenly work at!)
That's it really - nice kettle (looks pretty classy in the 'Royal Blue' there) - will keep you informed of any rapid changes in water-boiling abilities
|Nicey replies: Actually the NCOTAASD HQ kettle is also a Tefal Delphina in white, but much quieter than the blue one we showed. By all means keep us informed on your ability to boil water, we like to keep up current affairs|
A friend of mine emailed me the link to your site with a little title "You will LOVE this site"
She was right - it's great! For a long while I have been a campaigner for many more 'nice cups of tea and a sit down' than are currently deemed feasable.
Anyway, I noticed that in your 'Biscuit Quiz' page, there were a disproportionate number of Bourbon pieces left - this is always the case in my house as I can't stand them - never the less, they are always included in my favourite asortment packs.
I am considered a wee bit strange by my friends & family as, even though I do like chocolate, I really hate the taste of chocolate biscuits(chocolate flavoured - chocolate covered (ie milk chocolate hobnob) are fine), chocolate cake, chocolate milkshake etc etc.
I was wondering if THIS might be the community to delve into this affliction and maybe come up with some answers - maybe I'm not alone?!
|Nicey replies: Sean,
I'm going to go out on a limb here, but you are probably very odd in regard to this chocolate biscuit aversion. Perhaps there was a traumatic event in your formative years that included a chocolate biscuit? Given that most people especially those with whom you share a biscuit tin, would see your passing over of the decent chocolate biscuits as a bonus, I wouldn't be rushing out to seek regressive hypnotherapy.