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I maybe a bit old fashioned but to me a biscuit is designed by it's manufacturers to be eaten in it's original state. If you don't like the biscuit as God (or McVities) has intended then choose a different biscuit, there's plenty out there. Add to that the fact there are also many plain crackers etc designed to have all manner of gubbins spread on them and there is frankly no reason to soil a delicious rich tea or marie with anything. I'm from the biscuit old school and proud.
My sister is called Victoria if that helps?
|Nicey replies: Yes that does help|
I just have to let you (and through you, the world) know that the finest combination known to man, or at least to me, is two plain chocolate digestives sandwiched together with peanut butter (crunchy, if poss). Obviously, for the avoidance of chocolatey fingers, the biscuits should be arranged with their chocolate-covered sides pointing inwards.
Incidentally, I share an office with someone who assures me that cheese and chocolate spread is a divine combination, and she has even gone so far as to bring me in cheese and chocolate spread sandwiches in an attempt to demonstrate this 'fact'. Whilst this is an obviously misguided approach, it does lead me to wonder if a similar choc digestive strategy could be employed with cheese as the filling ...
best wishes, as ever,
|Nicey replies: Anybody else called Victoria want to add to this discussion I wonder?|
Just wanted to add to the 'spread poll' currently on the site after Stuart Pearce's email. My siblings and I used to make buttercream icing (much better than just butter!), or even just water icing to spread on otherwise plain biscuits (our faves, and cupboard staples were digestives, Rich Teas and sometimes malted milks). If we were feeling really adventurous and willing to wait a couple of seconds longer we might have added some food colouring, really hiking up the sugar/E number intake and guaranteeing us bouncing off the walls soon after. I would also like to say that ordinary chocolate spread was another common one for me, being allergic to nuts and therefore nutella!
Tunnocks Wafer Review
|Dear Nicey, |
Like previous contributors to your site I stumbled across it via the 4,000,000 Tunnocks Caramel Wafer biscuit question. Before visiting your site I could never imagine these fine Tea-time accompanyments selling more than just a few but the ratio per Scotsman heory has made me a believer.
Moving on I would like to ask if the DIY or home modified biscuit is a valid addition to your discussions. I remember when I was a small lad a chocolate digestive or any chocolate covered biscuit was a treat and not for the average tea-break. My brother and I using the little brains we had decided to 'spice' up the humble Rich Tea by covering them with Chocolate spread. We graduated onto nutella and Jam thus negating the expensive biscuit ban imposed by our mater. Could you suggest any other spreads that could be used in this manner as I am sure that there are many an ankle biscuit biter out there suffering this type of biscuit embargo.
Thanks for the excellent site.
|Nicey replies: Sounds like a good idea for a poll|
The almost-hubby and I just got back from New York, and I wanted to alert any readers to a fantastic oasis of tea in the desert that is coffee-drinking America. It's a little tea room called Alice's Tea Cup, where they serve many varieties of tea, along with scones (which were very nice too), cakes and more brunchy, american-type things. The waitresses were wearing glitter make up and fairy wings when we were there. The best thing though, was that their tea pots had a little sponge attachment under the spout (held on with an elastic around the lid with a butterfly on) to catch the drips. I have never seen such a thing before so if anyone could point me in the right direction for these here I would be very grateful!
On an unrelated subject, I hear that Fortnum's is planning a Chocolate Bath Oliver-style biscuit for the Autumn.
Best regards as always,
|Nicey replies: Morning Rachael,
Thanks for all that useful reconnaissance this is the second place we have heard of now in New York where it possible to get a nice cup of tea so it does seem to be the tea drinking capital of the USA. There will be a lot of excited people waiting on the Fortnums development.