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||Dear Nicey and Wifey,|
I am so grateful to you! I have started reading your book, and already it has been of great help in removing some of the stress from my life. For the first time I now feel able to admit that I am a two-mug-per-bag user. I inherited a thrifty streak from my mother, and also have always found that one bag gives two perfectly good mugfulls. But when I have visitors I try to hide the fact that I am giving the bag a surreptitious second dunk. You have given me the courage to “come out”. Thank you.
I am enjoying the book. I look forward to the chapter on Sitting Down. I note that there is a section on sit down technique. This is something I have always felt rather good at, but I hope to learn some hints to improve my technique.
|Nicey replies: That puts me mind of a charming letter I received this week from a gentleman who had been a POW in Italy during WWII. He recounted how his last pinch of precious tea leaves were offered up in an enamel mug to a passing driver of an Italian steam locomotive. The British chaps gestured that would like some hot water in their mugs, with much mutual denouncement of war as a bad thing between both parties. The kind engine driver then used jets of steam to blast out what he took to be bits of old filthy stuff in the bottom of the chaps mug and returned it to him nice and clean and empty. He didn't get another cup of tea for two and a half years.|
Malted Milk Review
I would like to add my voice to the growing mass of dedicated Malted Milk followers, chocolate or otherwise. I echo the comments of James Coghlan that Sainsbury's have to stock these biscuits on the most remote, highest and out-of-the-way selves. This does give the impression that by finding, buying and then eating the biscuits, one has been initiated into a secret and ancient club. Which of course, one has.
I have tried to convert my girlfriend to the quality of the Malked Milk, but she remains a firm cake lover.
|Nicey replies: Yes the Malted Milk is utterly fabulous isn't it, and before anybody else asks which firm cakes does she like?|
thoroughly enjoying the book, and have just discovered this site!
I just wondered what your thoughts are on decaffinated tea? I personally think theres something not right about them - just not the same. Mind you, PG tips decaf actually have caffeine in them, only less than normal, and theyre actually quite tasty and still have something of the 'kick' of proper tea. and i like mine relatively weak but theres still a discernible diference.
P.S. I just had one of those hovis digestives with my PGtips - left over from xmas and still fresh! now thats a damn fine biscuit.
|Nicey replies: I've not actually ventured into decaffeinated tea, and so couldn't say. If its anything like decaf coffee then the solvent based extraction of the caffeine also takes some of the more volatile components of the taste and flavour with it. However, if you need to drink the stuff then its very welcome.|
I am thinking of getting a new kettle and just thought I would look on 'thinternet' to see if I could find a
site where people were talking about such things - thinking it was hopeless - how wrong I was (all this and biscuits too!)
Now I am an avid tea fan - but I do drink 'weak as *!*!* tea' that causes most people to baulk - however I say Ha! I have every right to be a tea lover, even if my tea is a nice fawn colour rather than sunbed dodgy antiques bloke orange!
Having weak tea means that I can taste water (although my boyfriend believes that this is an impossibility because water is just water - duh!) I had some lovely cups of tea in Somerset over christmas and then had to return to our putrid stuff. We live in Hitchin and the water is so hard that if you fill it from the tap for more than two days you end up drinking little hard bits (yeargh) so consequently I lug bottles of water home from work and use them (its only 3 miles away - I don't see how it can be so different but it is?) People say 'buy a water filter' but I hate those things as they use chemicals to remove chemicals and also you have to buy refills (I like to use being 'eco-friendly' as a disguise for being very mean).
Although my friend just got a brita kettle and thinks it is wonderful I was 'anti' for the preceding reasons and also because I hate those two smarmy *!*'s that advertise it!
As we are about to move to a very lovely house boat and I am finally getting a gas oven (joy!) I was thinking of an old fashioned type. But will this be bad for limescale? I was thinking of a le creuset as I thought it might be easier to clean ... incidentally, that is why I am having to buy a new kettle - tired of
paying too much from Mr Sainsbury for descaler (I need it for the shower as well) I went for a dodgy pound shop option. This has left a very dodgy perfume smell in my kettle and I think actually ate at the element - nothing can shift the smell of public loos from my beloved kettle = then some smart !* said that you can use vinegar to descale anyway... what an idiot!
happy dunking everyone
|Nicey replies: Yes you can use clear spirit vinegar which is just dilute Acetic (Ethanoic) Acid, the same stuff that is in most kettle descalers. The Non-fermented condiment variety that you see in some chip shops is synthetic vinegar which has been made chemically rather than by traditional means which involves the action of acetobacter type bacteria on the alcohol in a fermented malt liquor. The non fermented stuff is made primarily by reacting carbon monoxide with methanol in the presence of a catalyst (Monsanto invented that). As such it is well able to clean out your kettle.|
||I was very pleased to see you had mentioned Empire Biscuits, my most favourite of hot beverage accompaniment.|
I thought I could perhapd shed some light on where the name comes form. Before World War 2 they were actually known as 'German Biscuits' but the name was changed to give more of a patriotic feel. Of course - I have no idea where the name 'German Biscuits' came from - I have never been to Germany and can't confirm if they are available there. (this information actually came from Billy Connolly's biography)
Another couple of points:
* The filling tends to be strawberry jam in the kind I buy.
* Supermarket packs have Jelly Tots on top instead of a glace cherry.