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||Nice site, Nicey, especially if you happen to love tea and/or biscuits. I bet any site for coffee and donut lovers is rubbish by comparison, and not nice-and-sit-downable at all.|
I saw an inquiry from Julie Hardcastle about brightly coloured round biscuits from the 70's. Could you let her know they were called Funny Faces (I think). Not sure who made them or when they stopped, but hopefully, she can now sleep a bit easier in her bed.
I'd also like to tell you about the kettle I recently bought. It's glass, so you can see the water boiling. How cool is that?
|Nicey replies: We have a kettle like that where I work and due to the hard water it looks like one of those snowstorm shaky things when you make tea.|
Visited your lovely website today for the first time, and was truly impressed. Surely, no man before you has sacrificed his time so freely for so few. I am one of those few.
And I have a story to tell...
... a story about a biscuit shrouded in mystery: The Chocolate Garibaldi.
It appeared in our biscuit tin (a lovely square 50s job with a rosy-faced young boy on the lid) in the early 80s when I was a just a lad. No more than 2 or 3 packets.
I can taste them now... the crunchy shiny garibaldi biscuit, the "squashed flies" that got satisfyingly stuck between your teeth and the thick layer of milk chocolate that melted so deliciously in a steaming cup of milky sweet PG. Ahhh... happy memories indeed.
And then just as quickly as they appeared, they were gone...Those halcyon days lasted but a fleeting moment...
Imagine the tears - the *sorrow* - that filled my young heart. Imagine if you will the desparate mother searching every aisle of every supermarket, minimarket and local corner shop for just *one more packet*.
But alas... they had gone for ever. A homemade batch was produced but they
were never the same, the secret formula eluded my mothers efforts.
Were they real? Were they biscuits from another (more perfect) dimension? Were they part of an evil plan formulated by vengeful biscuit makers? Why, for the love of God, why were they sent to earth? To enlighten? To torment? Alas I fear we shall now never know.
I know I am not alone -- google refers to two other "chocolate garibaldi". But there the trail ends?
If you could help me to trace this mystery of my childhood I would certainly be a happier, better adjusted person.
All the best
PS. An autobiographical aside: Biscuits in the blood. My great-grandfather was a director of Huntley and Palmers in Reading, perhaps one of the greatest biscuit factories of the 20th century. Check out this lovely little ditty from the Reading Collection website
Huntley & Palmers song: "For Every Mealtime There's a Biscuit"
"First stop Reading, Take your seats please!"
We're off to Reading, Hooray, Hooray
At Huntley and Palmers to spend the day
We're longing to reach this wonderful town
To taste their biscuits so crisp and brown.
All hot from the oven before us displayed
We see how these world famous biscuits are made
And now for our breakfast, dinner and tea
The biscuits we must have are H and P.
|Nicey replies: I have only had chocolate covered Garibaldis once, and that was back in the mid 1970s, and I think they were home made. Even so they were possibly the most exciting and impressive biscuit I had experienced up until that point, which is how come I can recall it. It was at a village fate.
Alas I haven't ever seen them in packets. Perhaps Crawfords could do some that would be good!!
Good stuff about the now departed H and P, of course Reading is better known nowadays as that Berkshire town just outside Microsoft and Oracle.
My recent Quest to find a packet of Tesco's Strawberry Cheesecake flavour Dessert Creams has been accomplished in the most unlikely of locations : Sainsburys.
A foraging session revealed a packet of Sainsburys own brand Dessert Creams in Strawberry Cheesecake variety (pictured), and was met with considerable rejoicing and some bafflement. The pack is essentially identical, containing eight Dessert Creams held in place with a plastic tray, and the design also seems identical to Tesco's, except for the omission of the raised swirl device on each shortcake biscuit. These also seem a trifle harder than Tesco's, although more scientific testing will have to be designed, as the Tesco biscuits have been in the jar over the long weekend.
However, our excitement at the completion of the Quest was overtaken by the immediate discovery of another species of Dessert Cream, nestling right next to Strawberry Cheesecake : Caramel Pecan Cheesecake. I'm going to admit that I haven't even dared open the packet yet, preferring to merely stare at it in awe, but it's possible these biscuits represent the pinnacle of Dessert Cream design, and; quite possibly; the supreme accomplishment of the whole of human history.
Even so, just when I thought a trip to Sainsburys couldn't possibly get more exciting, the wife called my attention to the shelf labelling where a "3 for 2" promotion made me aware of the existence of yet another class of Dessert Cream : Apple and Sultana Cheesecake. My eyes flitted immediately to the shelf but, alas, these Dessert Creams have clearly so far eluded capture, for none were present. Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth.
So in total we're up two new varieties of Dessert Cream with a fifth as yet unaccounted for. Two are exclusive to Tesco's and two are exclusive to Sainsbury's with one neutral variety available in both. Hopefully nicecupofteaandasitdown.com readers will be scrutinizing the shelves of all major supermarkets for these errant consumables and will report back shortly.
does anyone remember a gorgeously wonderful biscuit called Romany? Chocolate round biscuits sandwiched together with a glorious chocolate fudge. My memories of them make me drool, and I can't even recall who made them. They were available in supermarkets till about 7 years ago. They were so nice that my husband suggested naming our first born after them, but feared that this was a bit naff. if they are still available I would love to find out if they were as good as i remember. Aaah, Romany.
I've recently been making frequent expeditions to Tesco's, purveyors of Desert Creams (pictured) in both Apple & Custard and Lemon Meringue flavours. I believe these to be some of the finest biscuits I've ever tasted : two shortbread biscuits sandwich a quantity of flavoured creamy
stuff, harbouring at its core a central bolus of fruit flavoured gunk. The apple and custard variety are exceptionally remarkable - imagine a biscuit with the taste experience of a mouthful of apple crumble, and all for a paltry 59p for 8!
However, Tesco's shelf labelling asserts the existence of a third species of Desert Cream : Strawberry Cheesecake. Despite frequent expeditions, this third variety remains wholly undocumented by science, and I'm beginning to speculate that it's perhaps a fiction of the Tesco's marketing people, to keep me coming back to the store*.
Perhaps the readers of your fine web site will assist me in maintaining constant 24 hour surveillance on all Tesco outlets in the nation until a pack has been obtained.
* A bit like those chocolate-chip Garibaldis a few years back.
|Nicey replies: Yes I've eyed them from a distance. We'll have to give them a go at some point. Hoorah for the Quest!|