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Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Hello Mr. Nicey,|
I have just had a dig through your archive and found the “Tim Tam vs Penguin” debate.
After living in London for several years, I do have to say that co-workers who tried to convert me to penguins were unsuccessful. Whilst they are pleasant enough (if tim tams aren’t immediately at hand), for me it is still like comparing pot noodles to a lovely home cooked lamb roast. National pride (being Australian myself) has nothing to do with it. The flavour is simply superior in a tim tam.
As a little bit of an update, I thought you might like to know that there has been (yet another) product extension on the range. Amongst the several new flavours available in Melbourne, I saw black forest. According to people that I have spoken to, this is one of the best flavours they have released to date.
Also, to throw a slight spanner in the works over this debate, my lovely wife, who hails from distant New Zealand shores, introduced me to chit chats (produced by Griffin’s). Looking a tad fancier than either penguins or chit chats, they have a zig-zag chocolate line running across the top. I have tried them and reckon that they do give plain tim tams a run for their money. Unfortunately I haven’t found any shops around Melbourne that stock them.
Anyhow, keep up the good work.
|Dear Nicey ,|
I am from India and it was fabulous to see Parle G o. We eat it at office all the time . The Chaiwalla(guy who gets us tea) brings these and they are quite cheap . We just love it . Now they have made them wheat and removed refined flour from it so Parle G is more healthier too . Most of us have grown up on it . It sure is good and i having the 5 th one yummy !
|Nicey replies: Your office sounds terrific.|
I just thought I should keep you and your readers informed of a fearful biscuit with which they could become involved if venturing overseas.
Recently while in Malaysia I had the terrible misfortune to encounter this "biscuit" while searching for something tasty to nibble upon. Actually a type of wafer confection -(yes, I know, always risky) it is all the more dangerous due to it's unfamiliar Malaysian name being entirely impossible to remember. All I can say is that it was clothed in transparent plastic (the warning signs were there).
How to describe this peril?
Ok... imagine a pink wafer that had been banished to the centre of the Sahara for a thousand years. (not a bad idea some would say). In that time it has gained an impressive tan. This is NOT due to chocolate content.
It is so devoid of moisture that even touching it will draw the very moisture from your skin.No doubt its moisture grabbing properties could be put to good use in some field of science, but not that of biscuitology.
In addition, this material has been coated with a couple of coats of brown paint- again this is NOT chocolate.
The resulting item is astoundingly and completely devoid of taste of any sort. How they did it I don't know. It's kind of eery really.
Rest assured that the fine teas of Malaysia are no match for this abhorrency, it is just too dry and too bland to be tamed by a simple beverage.
If you are in that neck of the woods and fancy something wafery and chocolaty try Beng Beng in Thailand which is quite safe.
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
|Hi Nicey, Wifey and YMS|
Did you catch the Tunnocks factory on the telly yesterday? I can't remember which channel it was on, but there were some wonderful ladies involved in the manufacture of the teacackes, and there was film of the chocolate being poured over the top of the biscuit/mallow part - most instructive (actually I think it was supposed to be about the election, but I didn't take any notice of that bit). Marvellous. Let's have more biscuit manufacturing shown on TV, far more instructive than politics. Have you considered asking the leaders of the parties for their opinions on tea and biscuits? I think it could help the Nation decide next week (now maybe if they offered cups of tea and sit downs at the polling stations, they'd get a lot more interest.....)
Best wishes to all,
|Nicey replies: No I'm gutted to say I missed that. Seeing stuff being manufactured is one of the best things on TV. All too often it's confined to childrens programs, in the old days it was Playschool but now we have Tikkabilla which borrows heavily from Playschool. It has a clock with something different underneath each time (the NCOTAASD one always Weetabix under it, but then it is above the kitchen counter). Perhaps even more importantly it has windows (round, square and arched). Is it me or does the really ace stuff always happen through the arched window? The square window is a waste of time, and is only really there to make up the numbers.
Aunt Mabel (really Nurse Gladys Emmanuel), in Come Outside also has her fair share of visits to manufacturing and packaging sites, although she does tend to skip over some very important stages in manufacturing processes, often leaving it for me to explain to the younger members of staff how exactly crisps or some such thing are made. She also flies everywhere in her own light aircraft (with her dog), even to go down the shops which seems excessive as I think she lives not far from Tunbridge Wells.
And while we are on the subject of round windows, why is it that McVities feel it necessary to write the word 'Round' on their Round Rich Teas. Perhaps their roundness isn't self-evident to some people and they require that extra bit of reassurance. I would have thought that the mental prowess involved in being able to read the word 'Round' would presuppose the ability to recognise round things. If it was on there for the blind then it should be in braille like bleach bottles, and again the blind's powers of feeling the shape of round things are probably more highly developed than that of a sighted person.
Then again it might just be there to fill in the blank that would otherwise be there.
It was Teacakes and Politics we were talking about wasn't it? (I suspect I might have lost a few people here)
I just spotted Jim Fussell's question re: whether anybody else out there sniffs their tea bag before making a brew. Well Jim, you're not alone - I'm very partial to a cup of lightly brewed Darjeeling, one of the delights of which (for me anyway) is the wonderfully fresh aroma. I always prolong the experience by sniffing the teabag on my walk to the kitchen (when at work - at home I keep my teabags handily by the kettle!), and whilst waiting for the kettle to boil. The only problem is that recently I've become a bit of a convert to loose tea (thank goodness for Wittards - tea-lovers heaven!) and sniffing loose tea is potentially a life-threatening experience. You have to be very careful not to actually let your nose come in contact with the tea whilst sniffing, as you would with a tea bag - I'll let you imagine the consequences otherwise...
So, go on Nicey - give sniffing a try!
|Nicey replies: Considering that I have great difficulty actually tasting the subtle delights of Darjeeling (and no I don't put milk in it) maybe I would be best off snorting it.