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||Just looking at your Jammie Dodgers poll, the “bring back the old ones” is winning hands down. But which ‘old ones’? The product has gone through several Doctor Who-style regenerations, of which the most radical was turning the bottom biscuit up-side down (or right-way up depending how you look at it). Up until the early 1980’s, the base biscuit was presented with the flat ‘underside’ facing up, so that the overall profile was a pleasing oval nature. A bit like the classic flying saucer shape. Then the jam was changed from a hard viscous dollop to a softer, more user-friendly variety. However, this made them much more difficult to make as the softer jam didn’t set so quickly and tended to run off the flat surface of the biscuit in a messy non-user-friendly way. The solution was to flip the base biscuit over and mould the top surface so that it had a shallow bowl, guarded by a ring of decorative but unseen embossings. This meant that the pleasing oval profile was no longer achievable, but at least the consumer got a nice soft jam that didn’t leave a sticky trail between teeth and biscuit. The designs on the top biscuit (a variety of cut-out shapes including a celtic cross) were also dropped in favour of a having a heart-shaped hole on every biscuit.|
||Hello Nicey, wifey, and the junior staff members.|
I'm having a bit of a mare with my kettle as it goes... can't remember what make it is, a new one c. 4 months old, chrome look, round base... but it's got a nasty habit of not turning itself off when filled to just below (or above) the fill line... it overflows into the stand which is pretty dangerous in itself and proceeds to turn my kitchen into something resembling a Finnish sauna... Needless to say, it will be replaced in the very near future!
Keep up the thirst-quenching work...
|Nicey replies: Thats all wrong isn't it.|
Excellent piece of research by POST CTI Technical Support Team into supermarket doughnuts, but what about the poor independent baker, struggling in high streets abandoned for "retail parks" by larger firms?
The best doughnuts in the world (according to a scientific survey of one person, me) come from Beaney's bakery under the railway arches in Strood, Kent. On the other hand, a bakery that shall remain nameless (by the bus station in Rotherham) had no jam doughnuts at all. What's that all about? Call yourself a baker's?
Is there a public transport and bakeries theme developing here? Oh dear, rambling now
||Maybe this is why vending machine coffee tastes awful……|
1. CLICK ON THE LINK
2. MOVE YOUR POINTER TO THE COIN SLOT, & PUT THE COIN IN THE VENDING MACHINE
3. CLICK ON A BUTTON TO CHOOSE YOUR DRINK
4. CLICK ON THE CUP WHEN IT IS READY.
5. AND LAST... CLICK ON THE WORD "APRI"
ENJOY! Don't forget to click on "APRI"
|Nicey replies: I'm not sure if I feel closer to the Italians or somehow distanced by that. Mind you its been a long time since I had a vending machine cup of coffee.
Malted Milk Review
I'd just like to put a word in for the Chocolate Malted Milk. Biscuit to the Gods. The only problem with them though is the wrapping. To open it you have to pull the tab which is at least 5 or 6 biscuits down the pack. This forces one to eat all the biscuits above that line and 4 more below to gain an adequate seal with the wrapping for stowage in my biccie tin. Not that it stays in the tin for long. If they ever make it there at all. Thats reserved for the wifeys 'Lincolns'. A biscuit so dreadful that I find it quite absurd that someone went to all that trouble to make a rubbish biscuit.
Thank you for the articles on kettles. Please can you warn people to not heat their cold tea in the microwave. You may, like I did, leave the spoon in. Oh, The horror....