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|Hello Nicey and Wifey,|
Just read your book and it was brilliant. My husband was relieved I had finished it though as I kept reading bits out to him which didn`t go down too well if he was watching any cricket
To name all biscuits would have been too much for you to do I agree but I seem to remember a biscuit called \" Duchess\" they were oval shaped with a criss cross pattern on top and the name on? Some of my friends think I am mistaken, hoping you may have heard of them?
Thanks J Ward
|Nicey replies: Hello Joan,
Well those are two very distinctive features yo mention. From time to time people mention a shortcake style biscuit with a raised pattern of square ridges on and I recall these too. However these were round, very much like a retooled Lincoln.
Perhaps some of our readers recall your biscuit.
Tregroes Toffee Waffles Review
|Hello There Fellow Biscuit Appreciaters|
I am fairly new to your great site, I am sure it is a valuable reference source for all enthusiasts.
I am an expat living in Holland and I would like to share information on one of the products that is common here. I may be mistaken but I never encountered anything like this growing up in the UK.
The product I speak of may actually not even qualify as a biscuit. The european rulings on categorisation of confectionary I am not 100% familiar with. Here, it seems everything that comes at elevenses with your tea or coffee, be it a pastry based product, biscuit or cake is \"koek\".
The clue to its id may lie in its name :\"siroopwafel\" or \"stroopwafel\". The appearance of the item, the criss-cross/square design on the surface certainly lends itself to a waffle identity, but it is further baked to give it a more biscuit texture. However, the 2 waffle discs actually form a sealed sandwich (Breville style) around a layer of firm caramel/syrup, which imparts a chewy texture to the \"biscuit\" upon eating. I liken the texture of it to the chocolate digestives which have been reinforced with a sublayer of caramel.
A popular way it is enjoyed here (although it seems to me the ritual is dying out in the younger generation), is that when your tea arrives (most likely coffee here), you place the biscuit like a lid over the top of the mug for a minute or 2 and the heat from the drink subsequently softens the internal caramel layer prior to eating.
My guess is that each biscuit contains the daily calorific requirements of the average coalminer, but in practice it is seldom easy to put less than 2 away in any session.
I hope the above link works, this is one of the best images I could find to support my email. As you can see from these images, despite being an everyday item, they can also be given as gifts in special packaging and tins. They are often baked on the street in city centres and the smell is fantastic, I have now come to associate this smell with Christmas, as they step up production at that time of year to feed all the Christmas shoppers.
I am sending this info because I would be interested in seeing if there is/was an equivalent product and ritual in my home country, and where it\'s status lies as a biscuit or otherwise.
Good Luck with the Site
Regards, Ian, Holland
|Nicey replies: Hello Ian,
Indeed there is a source of authentic Stroop waffles in the UK and we reviewed them a while back. Interesting your comment about coal miners as they are made in South Wales, albeit the South West rather than the valleys. Their site has information about who stocks them and where you can get them.
||Hi Nicey and all @ ANCTSD,|
I'm sure you've picked up on, and are currently gathering the fallout from this Cake v biscuit story as we speak / write / er…e-mail
Surely, this has implications for consumers, producers, the tax persons and many birds / pets around the UK - a full on debate in the Commons / Lords should be undertaken to tackle this, the great biscuit / cake debate, once and for all - as it's rumbled on long enough…
How are Tunnock's reacting to the news?
Are there any implications in the Jaffa 'cake' debate?
Will customers be reimbursed for the 'mis-classification' of these biscuits?
Are there any implications in the 'reclassify cannabis' debate?
I hope you can get to the bottom of the possible implications for all of us tea and biscuit (and occasional cake) fans.
Yours (eating a Bahlsen Dip It! - Milk Crispy type)
|Nicey replies: We'll I've just written a bit for the Guardian on this!|
What a wonderful website. My darling mother and I were in the Roys of Wroxham superstore, Nr the Norfolk Broads, Norwich, when I came across your book entitled Nicey and Wifey.
Now as a female known as Niecey, it was intriguing to come across a Nicey (male!).
So, without further ado, I picked up the book, and have now visited your site. Splendid tea and biscuits too.
So from Niecey a hello to Nicey and wifey. There's nothing better than a dunky biscuit I say!
|Nicey replies: I'm thrilled that you bought your book at Roy's of Wroxham. When we used to go to the Norfolk broads on camping holidays in the 1970s we would occasionally visit Wroxham. My sister and I were amazed that seemingly every shop in Wroxham regardless of what it sold was a 'Roy's'. It was as if we had stumbled into a parallel world in which Roy was all powerful
||Dear Nicey,Wifey and YMOS|
On Wednesday afternoon, my husband and I came back to Korea after staying for three nights and four days in our motherland, Japan.
Sad to say, when we arrived at Haneda Airport(Tokyo), there was no lady with a green tea trolley to greet us, but Tokyo was so beautiful because the lovely pink-coloured cherry blossoms were in full bloom.
In Tokyo, my husband seemed to be busy visiting several offices on business.
As for me, I was busy dropping by corner shops enjoying biscuit hunting, as you guess.
And we flew back to Korea with a lot of biscuits I had gained in Tokyo, including a box of twenty "Black Thunder" biscuits, which are one of my favourite Japanese biscuits.
Well, I am a lady who love inexpensive,mass-produced biscuits that are available at corner shops and common supermarkets.
However, in remembrance of our brief retro life in Tokyo, I ventured to try to buy four extravagant biscuits at WEST shop.
The WEST shop is a confectioner well-known for its even finer and high end biscuits in Japan.
Actually, even a single biscuit cost me at 168JPY (about 0.82GBP / 1.64USD).
Interestingly, the confectioner calls its biscuits "Dry Cake", while it calls its fresh cakes (such as cheesecake, sponge cake covered with whipped cream and cream puff) just "Cake".
And it is fact that those 4 "Dry Cake" biscuits I bought were drier than Tunnock teacake and Jaffa Cake.
Anyway, I am very happy that I was able to get such gems of biscuits as well as common biscuits in Japan.
By the way, what lets me down is that I was not able to discover a gem of contemporary literature: Japanese version of NCOTAASD book in Japan. It seemed to me that your Japanese book has not been released in Japan, yet.
I do hope I will get it next time we fly to Japan.
Hiromi Miura (Seoul Korea)
|Nicey replies: Hello Hiromi,
It sounds like you had a lovely time back in Tokyo, even if you didn't get your cup of green tea at the airport..
Of course the main reason for our book being published in Japanese is so that you can read it. I've pointed this out at length to all concerned. Fingers crossed that you'll find it next time.
We have cherry trees all along our road, which have just began to blossom too. Each year they produce masses of black cherries most of which are eaten by birds or fall on to the road. This year Wifey plans to ask permission to grab a few pounds of them and turn them into her new found best drink ever, Cherry flavoured Vodka. NCOTAASD ISP Dr Borrill did this with his cherries and worked very well indeed.