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||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.
Lotus Caramelised Biscuits Review
|Hello Nicey and Wifey, |
For Christmas, my boyfriend and I received your book from my parents. Now as sitting down with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit is a way of life for us, we were amazed to find that we had been missing out on a number of biscuits featured in the book (which may become our bible). Whilst filling my shopping basket with biscuits to try in my local Asda, I came across the Lotus biscuits and threw them in (I already had 5 different packets so another one couldn't hurt). And yes, the whole packet was consumed in one go. I believe that, like the Rich Tea, these are SO MUCH BETTER when dunked. They also seem to react well to the whole range of tea (my boyfriend has tea no milk no sugar and I have milky with 2 sugars so we pretty much cover the spectrum), so I think they may have become my new favourite biscuit.
I just wanted to share that with you.
Holly and ummm.... Boyfy.
PS Where do you stand on cats? They are an essential part of our cup of tea/sit down/biscuits routine, as is the playstation, and a blanket in winter.
PPS I love your book and website.
|Nicey replies: For many years I had a black cat called Brian, who assisted me with sit downs. His signature welcome was to jump on to your lap, stand up on his back paws and place a front paw on each clavicle then affectionately head butt your chin. It was wise to move one's mug or cup out of the way when this happened.|
When I was so much younger and the world was a nicer place my mum would take me to the Co-op and buy a bag of broken biscuits.
Where can I get them now? I would love to re-live those times with this value-for-money treat. Although, of course, I wouldn't want them to dig mummy up. Just the biscuits would be O.K.
Do they only make unbreakable biscuits these days?
|Nicey replies: Seek you the biscuit aisle in Iceland (the frozen food store not the mid atlantic island).