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Love the site! Have been reading the submissions re tea-cosies - I used to use them, but now find them totally redundant, as I am lucky enough to possess the ultimate keeping tea hot accessory - an AGA. The tea pot actually lives on top of the AGA, and is therefore always warm!
The AGA is also brilliant for baking my own recipe choc-chip cookies, which taste best about 30 mins after cooking, preferably with lots of cups of tea.
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I’ve been following with interest the thread of the elusive chocolate garibaldi. I can assure you that the biscuit did exist – in both plain and milk chocolate form! Many years ago in my youth, I had a weekend job at the local Waitrose supermarket, who stocked the cherished biscuit. This was late 70’s/early 80’s. The brand was ‘Chiltonian’, a brand that seems to have gone into obscurity, just like the biscuit. The plain chocolate version was my particular favourite; I always think plain chocolate and dried fruit go together well. The biscuit always worked better if kept in the fridge, just to keep the chocolate on the firm side. It also made separating the next biscuit from the garibaldi strip a little easier and stopped your fingers getting covered in chocolate.
I’m now living in the States, where any good biscuits are hard to come by, although the Yanks do make some acceptable fig rolls (can’t eat a whole packet of those though!). Like my fellow expat in search of the ‘Dundee’, my electric kettle also raises some eyebrows. It was the last one in the store and the shopkeeper still gave me a discount to take it off his hands. It takes ages to boil using this weak American electricity but it still makes nice cup of tea, with a British tea bag of course. They don’t know what they’re missing!
Keep up the good work,
Lu Mikado Review
|Interesting to hear from Pete Moody about Pocky. Our friends brought some all the way home from Hong Kong for us to try out, not bad we thought, but we won't get any more until they go out there again. Then one day, sheltering from the rain on the way to Asda, I nipped into our little Chinese supermarket in Peterborough and there they were! Chocolate and strawberry varieties, and a savoury type as well. The strawberry ones smell like strawberry, but taste like those little white chocolate mice and leave a fuzzy coating on your tongue. Having said that, I prefer them to the chocolate ones.|
My current biscuit craze came back with me from a visit to Holland - stroopwaffeln or syrup waffles - two thin crispy biscuits with a layer of toffee syrup between. They are hard and chewy at room temperature, but balance them over a hot cup of tea for 10-20 seconds and behold - soft and gloopy on the inside and still crunchy on the outside. When I finished the packet I brought home, I thought again that there would be no more until my next visit. Then again Peterborough does the business! We've had a continental street market, complete with a lovely Dutch lady selling syrup waffles.
People may say uncomplimentary things about Peterborough, but we seem to have an international biscuit trade here - I'm off to see what else I can find!
||hello! your site is truly inspired - and inspiring, i have always loved a nice cup of tea and a biscuit, but your site has got me thinking more about the wonderful world of biscuits....|
I have always been partial to a chocolate digestive but find myself infuriated by the inevitable 'Chocolatey finger syndrome' that comes as a result. Hence i have designed a solution to this problem and include a photo for your perusal. i beleive this simple idea would be warmly received by biscuit lovers everywhere, very simply a small section of the choccy topping is removed, leaving a plain biscuit 'handle' with which to hold the biscuit in safety. Here is a picture to illustrate:
keep up the good work
|Nicey replies: Marc
Yes there are some biscuits which are made a bit like that, sort of quarter dipped. Of course the biscuit you choose from our archive is a Chocolate Caramel, which would be a much more technically demanding project.
Foxs Creations Review
|Marks and Spencer's boxed Christmas biscuits actually ARE Fox's Chocolate Creations, I'm almost sure. Do you know if any other own brand biscuits are actually 'big name'? Anyway they're on special offer at the moment, £1.50 off, which certainly makes these pricey biscuits more economical. Lovely!|
|Nicey replies: Yep its no secret that Foxs (Northern Foods) make biscuits for Marks and Sparks.|