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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.
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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.
||I confess that I am at once both an american and a coffee drinker, and now a fan of your site. You have a way with words and humor that make me miss what I've never known. (I had the same experience once with Turkish Delight and that Narnia book, but that came to a bad end when I finally tried one.) So pat yourselves on the back for a job well done.|
Oh. And on behalf of my entire country, I apologize for that Dr. Who thing we did. Your new one is much better.
|Nicey replies: Scott, I too have had some fairly rubbish Turkish Delight, not the proper pink jelly stuff but more like partially molten green styrofoam. Apparently this was the real stuff as brought back from Turkey by a colleague, and it was green because of its Pistachio content. If this is the stuff which delights them in Turkey I wouldn't like to have to eat mouthfuls of of the stuff they're not fussed on.
Anyhow you shouldn't go wrong with a decent biscuit and a cup of proper tea.
I have just landed my aircraft this morning after a long flight back from Johannesburg. Many hours had to be whiled away as we covered the 5000 miles between South Africa and London... plenty of time for a nice cup of tea and we are always sitting down!
Lo and behold, one of the cabin crew passed me a little individually wrapped biscuit with one of my many cups of tea and, being a dunker, I gave it a go. This was probably the best dunking biscuit I have ever tried and that covers a lot of ground. Quick to take up the moisture but firm enough to keep in one piece the result was a soft and delightful texture. The flavour was a lovely combination of wheat and oats with a strong coconut aftertaste and not spoiled by the altitude.
The biscuit is a Biscotti home baked Italian wonder produced by Biscotti, 21 King St, Duncanville, South Africa. On a rating of 1 to 10 this has to be a 9.7 and I am renown as being a hard marker. If you or anyone in your ken knows where I might get these marvels in the UK I would be forever grateful as it may be weeks before I get back to Jo'burg.