||Apologies for the WI type question but does anyone know a recipe for fig rolls? I live in the middle of nowhere in Italy and have changed my eating habits accordingly but occasionally things start calling. The home made tomato ketchup for the home made bacon sarnies was ok but decidedly watery. Now I have 3 big fig trees absolutely laden and fig biscuits are something which my kids are being denied in their admittedly idyllic but proper-biscuit lacking lives. They sell them on the internet I've noticed but at fifteen quid postage I would have to hire a divorce lawyer when the bill came. If it helps to get a level of backwater-ness I made gingerbread men last week with some very dried up old powdered ginger (not nice) and no-one for miles had ever heard of ginger before. And when my husband went to America in January they asked how he would manage with the language.....yours in need. Jo.|
|Nicey replies: Hello Jo,
To make commercial fig rolls you need a big machine for extruding them, so what ever you come up with will inevitably have a bit of a homemade look to it. I think your main challenge is to get your figs to resemble the fig paste inside a fig roll, no doubt beginning with drying them. Maybe you'll have to see if the locals have any fig processing tips you can assimilate. After that you are really into jam rolly-polly territory using a sweet pastry that I think you'll find needs some egg yolk in it.
Lidl's Choco Softies Review
In addition to your biscuit review about "mini dickmanns" and your plea for more information about "super dickmanns" i'm happy to help.
Please sit down and hold your breath for a bit because i'd like to present to you the: "super dickmanns - dicker meter" (meaning "big metre").
hopefully someone will get them on a plane for you soon.
best regards from germany - not only the country of schnitzel and beer, but also "super dickmanns".
|Nicey replies: Andreas,
The whole German nation should be very proud indeed of what they have achieved here, please pass on Wifey and I's warmest regards to them.
When out in Camden Town, I picked up a packet of Savoiardi 'Ladyfingers' - an Italian spongefinger style biscuit, which are very moreish. I have however been roundly condemned in the office for purchasing these. I will forward on a photograph of the ladyfinger, if you desire. I could also write a 200 word review.
|Nicey replies: Well I'm sure the people in your office who have been giving you a hard time for buying Italian 'lady fingers' probably have a good point. After you have seen them off you best reclaim your dignity by getting some proper biscuits. You could try and state your case in a review if you think it will help.|
||Dear Nicey and Co|
We will be despatching our younger daughter (aged 14) to the Cantabria area of Spain (Northern coastline) in a few weeks' time, and wondered whether there were any interesting biscuits she could look out for? She visited Washington last October, and returned with a suitcase almost entirely filled with different types of Oreo cookies (including a variety with double-thickness filling). Obviously there will be a distinct lack of nice cups of tea, which she will be unhappy about. Do any of your esteemed correspondents have any suggestions?
Many thanks in anticipation
PS: Had a very nice cup of tea made with fresh goats' milk the other day at a friend's goat farm. The choccy biscuits provided made an admirable accompaniment, apart from when they started to melt in the sun!
|Nicey replies: Alison,
Well everything I've ever had from Spain has been truly grim, so really I just hope hope she survives the episode with out too much biscuit trauma. If she finds something passable to eat in the way of biscuits that would be a major find indeed and worthy of further study.
I'm pleased to hear you know somebody with a goat farm. Wifey and I were once surrounded by goats whilst cycling in France, and I feared for the baguette strapped to the back of my bike, as I ploughed through them. Afterwards I thought that I may never experience that particular emotion (goat bread stealing fear on a bike) ever again.
I'm slightly miffed I don't have a goat icon.
Bahlsen Orange Choco Leibniz Review
A British friend (in London) has just sent me your website address (via an American friend!!). So here am I sitting in Germany feeling EXCEEDINGLY MIFFED that Bahlsen has decided to launch their orange biscuits with you UK residents. I was somewhat mollified that they were launching it in milk choc, cos I would go for "Edelherb" every time and I think it suits orange better anyway. I mean, Terry's red orange is a lot better than the blue one, oder?
I shall drop in for a sit down and a chat more often, now that I know you exist!