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||Dear Nicey, Wifey, YMOS and Nanny Nicey|
I wonder if you still remember Dr.You, who is a great professor of Seoul University and has been appealing to Korean People to eat bananas and milk with "Orion choco-pie" biscuits (Korean style "Wagon wheel").
And finally, Orion released Dr.You branded cake in Korea: "Dr.You Dark Chocolate Cake". They come in boxes of 12 / 6 / 4 ,as far as I know. Mine ships twelve cakes individually wrapped.
You may be able to see Dr.You's lovely silhouette printed on the outer box, and it makes me imagine that his cakes are baked in his laboratory rather than the Orion's biscuit factory. The cake is a maroon sponge with a layer of chocolate cream and crushed cashew nuts, and covered with a dark chocolate.
So, now appears to be the era of dark chocolate as Nicey said that Nanny Nicey was saying so.
( Have Plain chocolate Hob Nobs come back on the shelf as Dark Chocolate Hob Nobs ?) In fact I prefer milk chocolate to dark chocolate. Hence, at first I thought that I would have chosen milk chocolate as the covering if I were Dr, You. However it seems to me that he made the proper choice. That's because I guess that the modest, moderate sweetness of the dark chocolate does not spoil the fine, natural taste of the sponge cake made with 100 % wholemeal.
Here, Dr. You recommends us to eat oranges and yogurt with his cakes, but I feel sorry for not feeling like practicing his healthy menu so far.
By the way, recently I obtained a "hard-to-find item": Dr.You stationery set! I don't like to buy family-sized biscuits, and I am not a lady who is lured by free gift to buy biscuits, either. However I ended up purchasing a party-sized "Orion Choco-pie" shipping 24 biscuits in order to get the free gift of Dr.You statinery set.
It consists of an eraser, two pencils, a mechanical pencil, a ruler and a pack of mechanical pencil leads. Now, Dr.You branded "savoury biscuit", "rice chip", "nutrition bar" and "cereal bar" are also available in Korea.
I hope Dr. You will initiate his sweet biscuit project as soon as possible.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
I think any of us would have bought 24 choco-pies to get our hands on a genuine Dr You stationery set, so don't feel bad about that. I haven't spotted Dark Chocolate Hobnobs as yet I'm sure we'll see them soon though.
I think also we can see Dr You's basic plan, it involves fruit, dairy products and chocolate cakes. I hope he surprises us next time round with some strange combinations maybe involving fish or cabbage.
Tregroes Toffee Waffles Review
|Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
I read the e-mail from Ian the other day in which he waxed lyrical about the Stroop Waffles he can get now that he lives in Holland.
I am fortunate enough to be able to buy these in our local independent food co-operative in Northampton, although an expanding waistline forced me to stop buying them.
Unfortunately (for my waistline at least), the local coffee shop where I work started selling the Tregroes waffles yesterday and I had to have some with my coffee this morning just to initiate the other team members into the art of warming them on top of a beverage to soften the caramel prior to consumption.
This was very well received and I may have to introduce them to the Tim Tam slam next week as this is also a new concept for them.
|Nicey replies: Keith,
You know it was a very similar set of circumstances, that is the initiation of colleagues into various biscuits that led to the setting up of NCOTAASD all those years ago. I'm sure your altruistic virtues will be shining bright too as you clear the supermarket shelves of educational biscuits.
||Yes, clear memories of Duchess biscuits - but not oval, they were round with a serious serrated edge.|
Made by Scribbans Kemp near Grimsby - they were a staple `luxury` biscuit of my granny in the 60`s
|Nicey replies: Thanks Steve, this is all new to me.|
Futher to a previous rant about the tea from our machine at work, in which I complained of it smelling like mushroom soup, I can confirm that it has improved considerably, to the point that it is now my beverage of choice.
Thank goodness for that!
Itís still not as good as a proper cup of tea, but itís close enough that you suspect that a tea-leaf may have been involved in itís creation, rather than a fungus.
|Nicey replies: Mark,
Thanks for the heads up on that.
Thought you might like to have a look at something I spotted at the Ideal Home Show last week. Love both your blog and the book!
|Nicey replies: Sigh.. another one of those lovely designer chappies has come to the aid of all us hapless tea drinkers and dunkers with some woeful bit of tat that is supposed to turn our lives around. Doesn't it ever cross these peoples minds that if you like to dunk biscuits in your tea then you might have actually become semi proficient at it and not require some basket device in your cup. Besides which its your tea, its not some kiddies paddling pool filled with plastic toys.
Honestly there is only one thing worse that the designers who can't see over the brim of their own tea cup for inspiration, and thats the web-designers wishing for somebody else to make them a cup of tea cause they are too busy / bone idle to make it themselves. Not so busy that they can't while away a few days/weeks knocking out some web page thingy that is going to choose somebody next to them to go and make it.
Recently Cravendale Milk got in touch to say they were working on a super secret tea related web application, and were we interested. I said yes but I hope its not one of those 'Who's turn is it to make the tea?' sort of things as they had been done to death. They went quiet for two months.. then came back to us saying, yes it was indeed a 'Who's turn is it to make the tea sort of thing' and it was all but ready to go. If they had asked we could have given them our painfully distilled wisdom about why these things are a all a bit useless and given the amount languishing out there un-used a really sure fire way of paying some web-designer to a load of cash to re-invent a particularly un-necessary wheel.
Well here it is. Their innovation is that it doesn't let you send the 'make the tea' message again for another 2 minutes after you have just sent it. I just thought of two ways round that just this second. As always it chooses people at random, rather than in order, and it's completely unaware of people's days off, holidays etc. As I said they only had to ask.