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I wonder if you or your readers can help. Once upon a time I used to be able to buy one of the most delicious delicacies - the Traffic Light Cake. This close cousin to the Empire Biscuit was formed of two shortcake biscuits with some creamy middle. The top biscuit had three holes in and in each hole was a dollop of jam (OK, jam stuff, not the real thing, this isn't health food) in red, amber and green.
I haven't seen one of these for many years in the midlands and only found the specimen in the photo in a small bakery in Street. Sorry about the smear of jam, that's what you get for bulk buying and stuffing them all in the same bag.
What happened ? Why did this valuable aid to learning the highway code vanish ? Is any politician willing to make it an election issue ?
At the risk of being shot down in flames of derision and contempt, I'm finally sticking my head above the parapet and expressing my astonishment at finding on your estimable site no mention of two extremely toothsome treats of my close acquaintance. Made by some esoteric outfit calling themselves The Biscuit Collection, and seemingly fairly widely available in supermarkets, (local branches of Sainsbury & Aldi to name but two widely diverse extremes of the retail spectrum) the treasures to which I refer are Apple Pie Cookies and their slightly less memorable stablemate Brownie Cookies.
Yes, I'm aware the unfortunate presence of the C word does them no favours with you and your many discerning contributors, but it's hard to avoid in a climate of US Cultural Imperialism and Carpet Marketing. However I truly believe these to be little gems and deserving of your attention. I'd defend their undoubted biscuity qualities before the highest court in the land.
I may of course have entirely missed an extended correspondence on the matter, and I can't help an uneasy qualm arising at Adam's oblique reference to 'those bloody awful Apple and Cinnamon jobbies from Asda', but I would welcome your expert assessment of these unsung delights at some juncture.
I can't imagine you'd have a problem tracking them down, but just in case the packet states that they're produced in the EC for JP Associates, St John's House, Exton, EX3 0PL. I very much look forward to the type of balanced and objective review on which your devoted readers can always rely.
Yours in hopeful anticipation
|Nicey replies: Hi Mart,
The things Adam was referring to were something else. A small batch of experimental biscuits which were so troubling that they even made it into our book, getting a mention in the section about keeping strongly flavoured and experimental biscuits away from innocent and law abiding biscuits. They were only around for about eight months.
As for the ones you mention, we have not had them yet so I'll keep a look out for them.
My wife was bought your book at Christmas and it was my favourite present.
I must tell you of a memorable moment on holiday in Tunisia, back in February 1988. I was looking in the window of what must be described as a pastry shop in the historic town of Karaiouan. Displayed were a variety of delicacies but unmistakably in the middle were-hand made fig rolls sitting on a tray with a coating of syrup (imagine baklava in a Turkish cafe or restaurant.
It struck me then that in the days of empire British biscuit makers must have surely gained their inspiration from this country in which figs are grown in profusion.
They were very nice but of course lacked the practicality of a Jacobs pack which can be easily consumed anytime anywhere.
|Nicey replies: Yes it makes sense on every level. Perhaps this is why George Lucas was drawn to to Tunisia as a location for filming Starwars, given that its widely accepted (well me and Alice Gorman after I talked her round ) that Fig Rolls are perfect biscuits for space travel.|
If you had asked, we Canadians can get plenty of Bourbon biscuits. As happened more than 60 years ago, the forces and resources of Canada could have been put to use saving the Mother country from the tide of Evil ... or, er, biscuit riots at least.
Thanks for the great website,
Have you ever managed to do this : My first time ever !
Warm the pot nicely of course
Realise there is no tea left in the caddy
Open a new full pack and tip the whole contents into the tea pot ( instead of the caddy ! )
Reboil the water and fill the teapot with water !
Suddenly as you stir the tea its occurs to you something is wrong !
|Nicey replies: Perhaps it's best if you don't operate heavy machinery for a while, or drive, or make tea.