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||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. It’s 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.
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
I am just writing to get your opinion on where waffles fit within the Venn diagram of biscuits. Not the Tregroes waffles you reviewed some time back but ordinary waffles of the type that Americans pour maple syrup on.
Two of my colleagues have given up cakes, biscuits and chocolate for lent, but one of them is claiming that waffles are neither cake nor biscuit and are therefore safe to eat.
I would appreciate a swift reply on this matter as one of my colleagues has a brace of waffles hovering over the toaster as I type and I would hate to think that she was committing some sort of Lenten sin.
|Nicey replies: Hello Keith,
Well they are really not a million miles away from pancakes in their construction, as waffle batter is poured into waffle irons to make them. I would be tempted to treat them in a very similar way to our local Asda which places them in that space between bread and cakes which is occupied by such characters as the Malt loaf, the Lemon and raisin pancake and the Hot cross bun. Mind you on occasion its not unknown for them to leap out into the aisle in a small promotional fixture. Perhaps we need a small circle that overlaps with cakes and bread for things baked on hot surfaces, in which the waffle, crepe, flour tortilla and Welsh cake could all align themselves. I would put the waffle in the bit that overlaps with cakes as it sweet. As waffle scoffing colleague, she is clearly pulling a fast one, if she were truly serious and cared about what people thought she should switch to cream crackers.
In my world a kettle was a kettle, it boils water just like it says on the box. That was until I met with the Hinari JS501SS Jug kettle. Okay it boils water fine...but how can one kettle possibly make that much noise coming up to the boil!! If World War III broke out whilst I was making tea I'd never ever know. Our kitchen trannie won't even go loud enough to be heard over the kettle and any quiet conversation escalates in volume to that of a shouting match. It makes me wonder about Hinari's R&D dept., maybe its sited in a really noisy part of the factory and no one ever noticed the kettle was that noisy.
I'm waiting for it to break down but knowing sods law it'll go on for ever...arghhhh.
Woah. When I could only get a small pack of Bourbons in our local Sainsbury's this week, I was a little miffed, but not unduly concerned. Now I pop to your site, as I do from time to time, and find there may be something more serious afoot. What I would like to point out is that in recent weeks, Aldi has stopped stocking bourbons. They used to keep packs of mixed bourbon/custard creams, which were in perfect proportion for my families biscuit preferences. However, they now only stock custard creams. Has the bourbon problem been in the pipeline for some time? Will it be solved before, indeed, crisis point?
|Nicey replies: I possible explination for the problem lies near to your goodselves with the United Biscuits factory at Carlisle that was damaged by flooding. I'm sure I was once told that Bourbons were made up there. Custard Creams are made at Ashby in the Midlands.|