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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.
My husband just bought the soundtrack to “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.” As you probably know, Hob-Nobs are mentioned in the liner notes of the CD, as being an important part of the creative process necessary to write the unforgettably lilting opening song “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.”
Being American, we didn’t know exactly what a HobNob was, although I guessed that it might be a popular British candy. Fifteen seconds into our google search on the VERY FIRST link I clicked on, you folks provided us with not simply an accurate definition of this delicious-sounding cookie, but an actual life-sized photo. I call that “instant gratification.”
Thanks for doing what you do. Cookie lovers everywhere are grateful. This is what the internet was invented for, no question!
|Nicey replies: Yes a rousing Hoorah! for the internet. Now you need to get hold of some HobNobs and a big mug of proper tea to complete your research.
Animal Biscuits Multireview Review
|Seeing your review of animal-shaped biscuits brought back fond memories of the Barnum animal ‘crackers’ of my youth in the good ol’ US of A. I 'm sure the animals inside were secondary to the play value of the box, and I even remember giving a box with my own homemade cardboard animals inside as a birthday gift one year! I have no memory of anticipating the scoffing of the crackers, or at least not until they had been thoroughly mangled and softened in my sweaty little hands and there was nothing better to be done with them. I’m sure they taste vile, as do most of the manufactured biscuits in the US that I have eaten when I visit friends and rellies over there; it's always disappointing to find the foods that you loved as a child are actually quite horrible. With the sterling exception of Fig Newtons of course!|