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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).
Just finished the book which I loved and thence to the site which is even better. Forgive me if I'm asking a question that's been asked before but the Guvnor has asked me to ask you what has happened to her favourite Hovis Digestives. Being the main shopper of the house [I drive,she doesn't] I have normally managed to find a pack or two lurking around on my travels but not for some time. Even when on the endangered list they always seemed to make guest appearances around Christmas so I was fairly confident of picking some up recently but never saw any,anywhere. In the end I had to buy a huge plastic box of crackers to secure half a dozen Hovis which were liberated and returned to where she says they truly belong...with the proper biscuits.
I have to confess that I'm not a great Digestive fan but I do like an HD. Is my search in vain ? Have they gone the same way as the Abbey Crunch ?
Brian & Sheena Skipworth
|Nicey replies: Brian,
I'm not aware of any supply issues around the Hovis Digestive, but I think it was about six months ago since I bagged a pack. Perhaps other people have some sightings?
Have been utterly enthralled both by the book and the website. I wonder if the undoubted resutant upsurge in teabag consumption compensates for the fall from those convering to your 'two cups from one bag' advice.
Anyway, my reason for writing is to ask if you can remember the biscuit pictured here in a new guise. I have a hazy memory of these being brought home by the Mummy in my young days and I'm pretty sure they were packaged in some silver paper wrapped about the sort of corrugated cardboard which these days is to be found sat atop the uppermost layer in a box of posh chocolates. This packing was necessary, because these came in Garibaldi-style long megabiscuit format. However, these biscuits being so light and delicate, Garibaldi-style packaging would have presented the user with a bag of crumb and dust. Indeed, whilst one could be quite cavalier in Garibaldi separation, dividing these chappies into their individual form was quite a task; tapping one soundly on the plate, for instance, was likely to reduce the megabiscuit to many thousands of fragments. I'm sure they are of similar constitution to the non-cream part of a Mr Kipling Viennese Whirl.
My wife - who spotted the packet whose scan is attached and brought it home - seems to remember that they were made by Bahlsen, but I'm pretty sure that's not the case. Any light you can throw on the matter would be welcome, since we have postponed a tasting session until we can find out the original name of these biscuits; somehow it seems wrong to tuck in in our current state of 'tip-of-our-tongue'dness.
All the best.
|Nicey replies: Hello Ray,
Right I've never encountered the biscuits of which you speak, they do sound like an import. The remembrance of a foil inner pouch is very indicative of Bahlsen as this would be their 'Tet' packaging. However its likely that other continental manufacturers would have adopted a similar format to the market leader, so its by no means certain.
||Hi - I'm responding to the item saying that Manchester water used to be shipped to Ceylon to taste tea with.|
Did you know that all Ceylon tea tasting has to be in Colombo, i.e. at sea level; the best high grown tea (usually made into broken orange pekoe or BOP) is produced between 4 an 6,000 feet above sea level and kettles boil at a lower temperature, and therefore don't make very good tea.
Apprentice tea growers are known as creepers, hence the local expression 'He's creeping under Mr. Premadasa at the moment.
I have nothing to do with the Ceylon tea industry, just brought up there: I would ask you all please to resolve to drink lots of Ceylon tea in 2005 to help boost the economy of this shattered country.