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||dear nicey and wifey,|
i have just returned from a lovely trip to france with my boyfriend sam, during which time we decided to stock up on some nice biscuits and see how they compare on the continent. I have to say that the dunking capabilities of all 5 breeds that we sampled were horrifying. the biscuits immediately fell apart upon insertion into the tea (obviously a variety of temperatures were sampled.) this created havoc, and i'm sure has put sam slightly off me, as he has witnessed me trying to 'save' several biscuits by shoving the whole soggy mess into my mouth, and in the process getting most of it down my top. Has anyone else noticed that perhaps the structural engineers of the french biscuit world need a bit of a talking to? would value your opinion.
lots of love, ellie french xxx
|Nicey replies: I must admit it's never really occurred to me to dunk a French biscuit, much in the way we don't tend to drive on the proper left hand side of the road when over there, but well done for trying. It does show that our biscuits are much more designed for the British way of life than we might suspect. I'm sure you haven't done any permanent harm to your relationship through your biscuit impropriety. It sounds like the sort situation that most well adjusted blokes would approve of whole heartedly.|
McVities Milk Chocolate Digestive Review
I got into this debate with my work colleagues and am a staunch supporter of the "chocolate-up" method. When I decided to find out whether there is in fact a right or wrong way, I was shocked to find that you had advised that McVities say that the biscuit's upness is immutable and therefore the "chocolate-up" way is technically upside-down.
If that is the case, why do they package them with the chocolate side up in their standing chocolate hobnob packs? Also, if you take a pack of normal chocolate digestives, stand them up so that the end you are told to open is at the top and open that end, the chocolate is always at the top. Is there any way that you can ask them why they package them upside down if this is technically wrong?
|Nicey replies: Yes I think this has all been pointed out to them. None the less the common sense - staring you in the face answer apparently isn't the right one. Its just one of those charming little quirks in the biscuit universe.|
My name's James and... I'm an Oreo fan.
I like Oreos, but I REALLY like the thrill of discovering new variants and brands of "Oreo-style" cookies. I am planning a site to chronicle these cookies for posterity, from the Saudi Arabian "O-La" to the Spanish "Negresco" and the Finnish "Domino". They are all the same - only a bit different. I was wondering if anyone else out there shared and interest and might be able to help with the site or with photos / reviews. Or am I the only one who cares?
Nicey, I know your own preference for this brand, and in a way I agree with everything in your review. But what can I say, I'm hooked.
|Nicey replies: James:
I'm sure you are performing a vital service to humanity, it'll either be a valuable archive or a chilling warning. Let us know when its up and running, and don't forget the Philippine's Hi-Ro and the Spanish Millennium biscuits or those Turkish Tempo biscuits we did the other week.
Whilst sitting at my desk enjoying a nice cup of tea I was going through your archives and come upon an interesting news item about vending machines. It reminds me of my second happiest memory as a child.
I grew up in a village called Hopeman on the Moray Firth and twice yearly we would make a round trip to Inverness to buy clothes and things you couldn't and things you couldn't get in the nearest town, Elgin. One of these visits was always before Christmas. My mother used to use it as an opportunity to visit a sewing shop in Forres, called Sewing Seconds. Normally this would result in endless protestations from my brother, Andrew and I. On this occaision though, we discovered the free vending machine that dispensed, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and unusual combinations if you could press the buttons at the same time. There was about a foot of snow outside and Andrew and I spent a very happy hour writing rude words with hot drinks in the snow.
My happiest childhood memory if you are interested was when our Dad came home with two sledge hammers and told us to knock down the Coal Shed. Oh Happy Days!
I tried your pretty icons and was disppointed that the cheese one came up with no matches. As one who is always on the lookout for good cheese biscuits, I think you should add Carrs Cheese Melts to the site. They are indescribably good to eat, and the non-cheese ones are pretty good too.
|Nicey replies: No matches for what? There are plenty of matches to emails that mention cheese or might be about to mention cheese. I'm not sure if we are ready to be drawn into cracker reviewing as yet, although its not a huge leap of the imagination I'll grant you.|