|Nancy Bea Miller
||Dear Nicey (and Wifey);|
I loved your book. It was my favorite Christmas present.
If you lived in the U.S. I am sure the title would have been: "Nice Cup of Coffee and a Rush Off" I am a painter who often paints cups of tea, coffee, doughnuts and biscuits (only I call them cookies, being American).
Here is my most recent cup of coffeee painting:
|Nicey replies: Nancy,
Glad to hear you enjoyed the book. Your paintings are very nice too. I suppose if you painted a mug of proper tea and some Jammie Dodgers or Custard Creams it would be a bit like when Monet painted scenes of the Thames, or Turner of the Grand Canal.
Caxton Pink'n'Whites Review
|Having just read your slightly disparaging review of Caxtons Pink 'n' Whites, i felt the urge to inform you of their implicit greatness. I will concede that the taste leaves much to be desired but they yield secret powers! Simply put one on a plate, put the plate in the microwave and nuke it on high for a few minutes. Just watch it. Watch it i say. All will be revealed.|
||Love the site, we all think you're doing a sterling job championing Britainís primary leisure activity.|
I'm probably going over old ground here, but where do you guys stand on the generic size/volume of the Tea Mug? When we go to the pub we all enjoy a weights & measures approved 'pint' of beer, but to my knowledge the government has naively overlooked the question of appropriate tea mug dimensions.
Any help you can proffer to ease my furrowed brow on this important topic will greatly help us understand where we are in this minefield of Tea volume.
|Nicey replies: Yes this is a very important issue, however, unlikely as it seems it is fairly much a an exercise in self regulation. Now when the government says its going to leave things for an industry to to self regulate you can usually read two things into it. One they don't think its much of a problem and two they don't want to spend a penny on it. In the case of mug size however, we all know when we are being handed an undersized mug and will take whatever steps are required to avoid it in the future. If it's being offered to you by an acquaintance or family member then a quick "Your mugs are a bit on the small side!" comment should prevent future run ins with it. Likewise for those ungainly oversized things that look like small saucepans, one is in danger of acquiring an RSI from drinking from. That's to say nothing of the very real danger of slipping falling forward and immersing one's entire head in scalding hot tea. I think probably the real problem in all of this are those tall thin mugs made from thinner porcelain. There seems to be a sub culture around these, and I'm afraid that Nanny Nicey has gone over to the dark side in her dotage. We acquired one from the Macmillan Cancer Relief and she has taken to it preferring a smaller cuppa, when joining in with Wifey's relentless tea schedule.|
||To add to Phil Parker's Empire Biscuits review. These excellent biscuits are available in England. I have|
spent many a National Express coach trip happily munching on them. The Bakers Oven in Leeds Coach Station and Sheffield will happily sell you 1 or more for the great price of 31p. Itís like getting 2 biscuits for the price of 1. They are the best for travelling due too their solid consistency and they fill you up.
|Nicey replies: Ahh the majesty of coach travel|
I received a call at work the other day from Mr Liveinabin to say that he had been to the supermarket but had forgotten to buy biscuits! Him and his friend where busy playing on the Atari and there were only three biscuits in the house!
So off I went to Sainsburys to see what I could find. All I could see on the whole were lots of signs saying that due to flooding biscuit supplies were low. I had warned Mr Livinabin of this and the lacking of bourbons but he wasn't too worried. What I did find though (and the reason for this long winded e-mail) were plenty of Bourbons, Custard creams and malted milks made by Elkes. Mr Liveinabin was very excited as they were the custard creams he had as a child being a local company to his folks. In fact he tried to convince me that Elkes had invented the custard cream.
Just thought you might like to know that all is not lost and this little known company are getting a shot at the big time!
|Nicey replies: Evening Mrs Liveinabin,
Yes I had factored in that Elkes would still be knocking out their various cream filled biscuits. They do however make those wonky 3:2 ratio bourbons and a good few years ago we had a run in with a pack of them which were truly non-standard in all aspects. This has meant that I have afforded Elkes biscuits a wide birth since then. However in the meantime they have become part of Northern Foods who own Fox's, and so there have been quite a few new brooms at work. I may pluck up the courage to re-investigate.