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Abricot Barquettes Review
Great to see one of my childhood favourites being reviewed on your site. I have many a fond memory of the 'boat biscuits from France'. Please note however that it's best to eat all the sponge first, saving the jam/centre for that special last bite. I prefer the strawberry ones to apricot, and you can also get chocolate ones now, taste like nutella, yummy.
Tim Tam vs Penguin Review
|Hello there Nicey|
I have recently moved from England to Thailand for a 6 month work placement, and I have to say that the wonderful contents of your site keep me dreaming of hours of tea and biscuitty/cake based fun when I return to Blighty. I miss certain biscuits, the Bourbon, the Custard Creme, the Ginger Nut, but especially the classic Penguin. It was whilst perusing through your the archived tomes of your website however that I came across an exciting alternative, the eccentrically named 'Tim Tam'.
So having swotted up the great Tim Tam versus Penguin debate, and being a self-admitted Penguin fan, I was of course eager to try and compare the Tim Tams, so on my next visit to the local shop purchased a few packs. I was pleasantly surprised by the Tim Tam. Initially there is something about the little biscuit that looks a touch dodgy, it's snubbed size and curiously dark choclolate coating expire a sense of foreboding, but on taste you realise that in fact Penguins merely scratch the surface of the true iceberg that is Chocolate Coated Biscuitdom. Penguins just seem bland in comparison with a Tim Tam. Tim Tams come in many different deeply tasty varieties, in my opinion the best are Choco-Chocolate and Choc-Vanilla, but even an Original Tim Tam will more than adequately complete your cup of tea and biscuit combo, and leave you with a smile on your face. And maybe a touch of melted chocolate at the corner of your mouth.
After a few much enjoyed tasting sessions, I bravely decided, as suggested on this very website and on the bold, brown packaging of the Tim Tams themselves, to try the famous 'Tim Tam Slam'. So I bit off 2 opposite corners, and tried a few times to 'enjoy' my cuppa by sucking it through the biscuit, hoping to filter through some chocolatey goodness. But to my horror, the whole experiment went quite magnificently pear-shaped. Never have I experienced a better way of destroying a biscuit and also a cup of tea. Within just a few seconds of 'Slamming' I found that the bottom third of my Tim Tam was already lost to the dark side of bottom sludge. The top of the Tim Tam also melts, as the steam from your tea rebounds off your face, as you are hunched over the cup, desperately slurping. And if you wear glasses, they will undoubtedly steam up too, thus significantly impairing your vision. With only a miniscule amount of tea slurped through the biscuit, I decided to cut my losses and go for the munch. But the Tim Tam itself had become so soft and gooey that it had lost it's unique taste as it denatured into a watery quagmire, hitting my mouth like a festival buffet stand cup of tea. There was nearly a tear in my eye. The results of the experiment were that firstly I felt and looked like a fool, secondly I had ruined my cup of tea, and thirdly I had also destroyed a couple of delightful Tim Tams that could have so easily been dunked and enjoyed in the 'proper' way. I feel quite ashamed and have vowed never to Tim Tam Slam again. Those Australians need to learn I thing or two about ingesting Tea and Biscuits.
I just thought you should know...
PS For a real treat, place your Tim Tams in the freezer ten minutes before you find somewhere for a nice cup of tea and a sit down.
||When I was just 18, and going out with my first real girlfriend I made her granfather (on her father's side) a cup of tea. I was very careful, not too weak, not too strong, a middling amount of milk, all in all a very middle of the road cuppa. On giving it to him he took one look at it and with the words "I can't drink that" poured it straight down the sink untasted. My offence, it transpired, was to use a mug and not a cup and saucer. As you can tell this has riled me since. Was he a kindly, if eccentric, old man; or was he (as I suspect), an evil old Tory bigot? Discuss.|
Abricot Barquettes Review
I long believed your website to be a leading exponent in shoring up Great British traditions such as putting off what you could do now until you've had a sit down, a nice cup of tea and a cake or biscuit to
accompany it. Yet, in your recent write up on Abricot Barquettes, you state that "removing the apricot jam from its small trough then pushing your index finger through the bottom bore a strong resemblance to an airplane."
Please assure me that this reference to "airplane" is a simple typographical error on your part and that the omission of the "o" is not a futile attempt to pander to an American audience.
|Nicey replies: Ian,
We are not big on pandering to anyone really, but we do have more than the occasional run in with spell checkers that are keen on swapping 's' for 'z' and dropping 'u's entirely. Sometimes it sneeks a small victory.
|Hi can you tell me if there is a shortage of bourbon biscuits as i cant get hold of any in my local shops.please help peter.|
|Nicey replies: Not that we are aware of. Try widening your search area to some not exactly local shops. Also they tend to be on the bottom shelf in big supermarkets.