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||Love your site. Do you have any suggestions where I can find tea bags or boxs with fun, whimsical messages on them. I have a massage studio and serve a variety of tea daily and thought this would be something fun to have for everyone. Thanks, Tammy|
|Nicey replies: Well I'm sure you're all having quite a lot of fun already. I think just having a decent selection of tea bags would bring a smile to most peoples faces, PG, Tetley, Typhoo, Yorkshire and some right on Fairtrade ones would keep most people happy. Then how about a well stocked biscuit tin. Finally a copy of our book to flick through. Failing that you could always just write fun whimsical messages using a black marker pen on the outside of of the boxes you have.|
||I've just tried the Korean spin on instant tea, crystallized ginseng. It's a product of the Dongwon Korean Ginseng Company based in Seoul. I don't get that same steepy goodness from this tea that could be expected from the root itself, and to get the right strength two packets of the stuff should be used (10 to a box). The crystals dissolve instantly with a fizzly sound, producing a thin layer of froth in the cup. I recommend honey as a sweetener if desired, but only in moderate amount so as to not overpower the ginseng. It has a pleasing warmth to it, and soothes the throat in the opposite way of the cool slightly minty Echinacea brews. Although the idea of instant tea may initially put off, it's crystals rather than powder and worth a try simply because it's so convenient and will even dissolve readily in cold water (I prefer it hot, of course).|
|Nicey replies: Washed down with some Purple Yam biscuits no doubt.
I think we'll stick to PG and Digestives.
Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
|While I applauded your positive stance on the joy of Tunnocks Tea Cakes I feel I must offer a health warning, especially with children in mind.|
While no one of sound character would ever think of desecrating a biscuit in this way, children are want to choose fizzy pop as an accompanying beverage rather than tea.
I once witnessed such an abomination when a young child, midway through a Tunnocks Tea Cake, took a heroic swig of pop. The mix of pop and Tea Cake filling caused a reaction of vesuvian proportions. I soon stopped laughing once I realised the scale of mess I had to clear up. I?m sorry to say that the child received a mild to moderate spanking and was band from eating Tunnocks Tea Cakes
|While on holiday last year in in lanzerote,having forgotten to take my usual supply, in the hotel shop I came upon a packet of McVities bourbons in a red packet?|
As far as I am aware McVities don't sell bourbons in individual packets in this country. Am I wrong in this, do they sell McVities bourbons over here or is there a whole world of forgain export biscuits that are shipped out of the country with out our knowledge. whats going on?
ps marie biscuits ( a posh persons rich tea) do they still make them any
|Nicey replies: Its all very complicated really. Basically you have the giant that is United Biscuits, whose main brands in the UK are are McVities, Crawfords and the recently acquired Jacobs. Bourbons and Custard creams here are always Crawfords (as are Marie which you can still get (Sainsburys) green pack ). UB has acquired lots of Spanish biscuit firms since the 1990s and are bringing UK brands over to Spain, many of which are being baked in Spain. They use the McVities brand abroad because it is more recognisable to ex pats. They have tried the reverse bringing Spanish brands over here under the Crawfords name as it happens but it didn't really catch on.
||hi, just finished reading your excellent book and indulging in some biscuit based nostalgia.. however i can't find any mention of the staple issue of the british army (or was at least) the infamous biscuit brown and biscuit fruit. The biscuit fruit was a pretty utilitarian garibaldi and the biscuit brown vaguely like a hard digestive, both packed in drab green foil. I remember a newspaper clipping on a noticeboard that claimed one of the ingredients of biscuit brown was 'seagull extract'.. They also issued the oat biscuit mentioned by others on your website, which can across as a inferior hob nob.|
Keep up the good work!
|Nicey replies: Tim,
Yes I kept the book to biscuits I have direct dealings with. Biscuits Brown and Fruit and Oat blocks are not something I've had the pleasure of. I've had the occasional offer of some, but they have never actually made it to me. Mind you I did have a chat to General Sir Peter de la Billiere back in November about oat blocks which he was quite fond of.