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||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.
|Firstly, hello very much.|
Secondly, I was never really a big biscuit eater. My first memory of biscuits was from when I was 6. We had Abbey Crunches with our milk, at milk and biscuit time; [and these are probably my favourite biscuits.] When milk and biscuit time ceased to exist, however; my interest in biscuits dissappated. Apart from the occasional party ring, I ate none.
I'm quite a healthy eater now and until very recently, biscuits were out of the equation, and so after discovering your website, I became simply a biscuit enthusiast. Rather like a better on racehorses who doesn't actually like horses. Anyway, after time, I decided to eat one with my tea, it happened to be a HobNob. And I haven't looked back since, well, now actually. I have a biscuit with my tea whenever I feel like it now, and encourage those around me to do so also.
As for tea, I like; Lapsang Souchong, Green tea, peppermint [whilst not strictly a tea], and jasmine. Infusions: camomile and spiced apple, cranberry,rasberry & elderflower and lemon. I always add a smidge of honey to my tea-like beverages as it is simply exquisite.
To conclude; thank you very much for your delicious website.
|Nicey replies: That's good news. Now you just have to start drinking proper tea and everything will be tickty-boo.
||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
For me, the only drinkable tea under *normal circumstances is Earl Grey. This strand of Beverage Special Needs (BSN) is annoying, as despite the UK being host to a significant minority core of die-hard Greys, all too often, the only tea available in cafes, restaurants, friends' homes etc., is still ordinary (common) tea - PG, Typhoo and the like.
This is not the subject of my missive, however. After extensive testing of Other Brands of Earl Grey, it is my view that none of them comes close to the excellence of taste and aroma that is Twinings, the original and best. Supermarket brands generally err on the side of oppressive over-perfuming with the bergamot oil, while Clipper Fair Trade Earl Grey, I am sorry to say, doesn't even taste like tea. Even if it does have a pretty picture of an earring on the box.
Has anyone found an Earl Grey that acts as a serious contender to Twinings?
Best regards, and many thanks for providing a forum for the things that really matter.
*i.e. any time other than when a crucial cup of tea is made by an unfamiliar third party following emotional trauma, fainting, sudden serious accident or military coup.
|Nicey replies: The long and short of it would seem to be that you need to carry round some Twinings Earl Grey teabags with you, as these appear to the ones you like and that your friends etc don't have. Hope that is helpful.
Oh obviously if you are going on a bit of a big trip you'll need more than usual.