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Tunnocks Tea Cake Review
|Dear Nicey and Wifey|
Firstly, let me say how great it is to see your site continuing to blossom and grow in the way it has, and I really do hope that it continues to do so in the future!
And regarding Tunnock's tea cakes, I'm suprised that no one has said this yet, but their combination of micron thin chocolate, and the soft foamy mallow consistency opens up a whole world of tea table fun (seriously, ALMOST as good as pant toast)!
Firstly, handle the teacake very carefully whilst unwrapping it, you need to have perfectly intact chocolate shell. Then, hold the teacke gently in the palm of your hand, and pressing the nail of your other hand against the shell, twist it gently so that you drill through the chocolate. Then turn the tea cake around, and do the same on the opposite side. then simply put your lips to one of the holes and blow! What results is a creamy white mallow fountain, that comes through the hole, and slowly snakes down the side of the teacake, hours of fun guarunteed (well, guaruntedd for sad cases like me anyway).
For variations on the trick, make lots of little holes on the side and top of the tea cake, for an impressive sychronised mallow display, or only create one hole, and then blow into the teacake untill the chocolate shell pops! Fantastic!
Have fun, and keep up the good work!
|Nicey replies: Well done. What you suggest is probably even messier than a Tim Tam Slam, and is a valuable contribution to biscuit eating culture. Be simultaneously sticky and proud.
||Dear Nicey, Wifey and all|
Firstly, may I add my small voice to the huge numbers of congratulations you receive on the continuing magnificence of your website?
Secondly, I'm in a quandary about how to manage the tea and coffee drinking needs of my team. We currently use a 1.8 litre kettle which just fills up a round of six mugs, which is most handy as there are six people in the office who partake. However, we are shortly to gain two new staff and the capacity of the kettle will clearly not suffice to make one round in one go. I would be very grateful for your advice, or advice from any other reader, as to whether anyone is aware of any reasonably-priced kettles on the market which are large enough to fill up to eight mugs at a time? Is a "two kettle" solution appropriate here, as etiquette and common decency surely preclude making two people wait for a second boiling? Would anyone recommend an urn in this situation?
Do keep up the good work
With many thanks and kind regards to you all
|Nicey replies: Alasdair,
You may require a slight change to your work routines as the approach I've often used to this problem is to 'hang out' in the kitchen for a bit whilst making tea, possibly in the company of somebody agreeable. The most sensible approach is to make two cups for yourselves then make everybody else's. Whilst doing so you will be free to chat about the important issues of the day, possibly even work related if you are particularly driven individuals. Of course most kitchens don't offer seating so it's not going to be an ideal set up. You can use the lack of sit downs to counter accusations of slacking off in the kitchen. If however your new regime is gathering acceptance you might want to consider asking for a couple of bar stools. It is important to remember that time spent away from ones desk talking to others in your company is not wasted time, and provides valuable opportunities to exchange ideas over the kettle.
Other than that you may want to consider one of those water boiler things that go on the wall, but it seems a bit OTT for eight people.
||Re Noah's broken biscuits the Home Bargains chain of shops - www.homebargains.co.uk (or ‘the cheapy shop’ as it’s known in our house) sells broken biscuits in one of those 400g plastic wrapped box efforts – I’ve never had them, but they have pictures of all kinds of biccies on the wrapper, even chocolate coated fingers!|
|Nicey replies: Yes I did think about 'value/pound' shops but decided to keep it simple. Nanny Nicey lives in the cheap shop capital of South Wales, Bridgend (a small market town) which last time I visited it had 6 of them, which included a three story high Wilkinson and a vast purpose built Pound-Stretcher. I'm simultaneously impressed and dismayed by it.
||Thanks for the book, it was a splendid present to myself, and I've finished reading it now. I've just seen kettle survey - mine used to glow red and whistle, but it only whistles on a random basis now, and my favourite mug used to be a Coronation Street one that played the theme tune when you picked it up, but that bit fell out! My dad's kettle - you have to guage when you think it has boiled, and then switch it off, it's very annoying.|
As for things that go with tea, when I was a Sunday School teacher - ooh years' ago in the 1970's, we had to drag the kids on a trip each year on a bus to the seaside. Tea facilities would be booked in a church hall beforehand and made by kind ladies when we got there - made in an urn with water that had been boiled since 5 am probably as it was vile and never hot enough. Anyway, the kids would get what was called a "poke tea", that is, tea in a paper bag. Now before you start thinking how dangerous is that, what they got in a paper bag(poke is scots for bag - I know there are other connotations, but this is sunday school so no smut), would be an elderly sandwich or two, and a cake - either something like currant slice or cream iced fancy, and a chocolate biscuit- usually something like a Tunnocks caramel wafer. We'd take these with us on the coach, all made up ready from the local bakers the night before, so you can see how the sandwiches would be oldish. I have more tea related stuff to tell you, but I'm in the library typing this, and I want to go home for tea now.
hope its interesting, and the website is lovely.
|Nicey replies: Yes,
Nice Bag of Tea and A Sit Down, sounds a bit odd. Also surely if one were actually to drink tea from a paper bag that was its self made from a tea bag, you could get into some kind of fearsome tea related Mobius loop. I want somebody to do that and see if apart from getting their jumper wet as an amusing consequence they also fold reality in on itself. Terrific. Surely this is the plot of the next Hollywood science fiction blockbuster, "The bag of tea bag tea incident".
I feel sure Wifey is going to give me a talking to when she reads this..
||Hello Nicey & Wifey,|
Someone who has known me only a few months, bought me your book for Christmas, and in doing so showed me that he knew pretty much all he needs to know about me!
I read it from cover to cover during the Christmas break, and indeed searched through it whenever i was offered a biscuit to see what it said about each variety offered to me. In fact I now feel that, with this book i am fully entitled to consider myself as partaking in some kind of art form, rather than just taking a load off for a few minutes. And for once i didn't get angry when i was having a public cup of tea and the stupid stainless steel pot poured the tea all over the table, because "the book" (as i refer to it, in much the same way the religious may refer to their bible) describes it as a fact to accept and work around rather than just an annoying incident! So thank you for highlighting the importance of this traditional past time and allowing us all to look within ourselves and acknowledge the beauty of the tea break. And to remind us to make sure we do it well! In fact as it's nearly 4 O'Clock, i believe it is time for me to have a tea break.