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I should like to add my dissatisfaction at fruit teas to that of Penelope Reid. Fruit teas smell *amazing*, prompting you to ask the owner of the cup for a taste. However, they inevitably taste like they've been watered down with approximately three million parts water to one part fruit and, like a similarly diluted homeopathic remedy, totally fail to satisfy.
|Nicey replies: Yes and I have just realised that I can use the 'fruit' and the 'tea' icon for this.
||Fruit tea! whats the point of that then? my workplace canteen is only offering flavoured teas at the moment. They offer no caffeine or dunking possibilities, so how can these tepid ribena like offerings possibly share the nomenclature of the honest cuppa? Any ideas? I believe we should|
implement tighter controls on the use of the word 'tea' in descriptions of warm water based beverages to avoid further torment.
Your Humble Follower,
|Nicey replies: You're right of course|
|MessRoom P2 South Croydon
||Can you recommend a biscuit that is rich in both sustenance and taste, because the life of a paramedic can be one of low blood sugar and the need for high energy. Taste is a big issue as you need something to look forward to whilst doing various shift work patterns and in my opinion there is nothing quite like half a packet of good quality bourbons with a lovely cup of tea, whereas my colleague opts for the malted milk (both of which in our opinion is better than taking the wife upstairs). In order to get you into the mindset of a paramedic... picture the scene... It's raining, someone is quite seriously injured, people are crying, screaming and generally looking at you for guidance and inspiration and all you can think about is what biscuit shall I purchase from the all night Tesco's. The only thing that gets you through is the thought of getting this poor chap back to biscuit eating status.|
We will give you a new biscuit idea if it makes you rich just a mention on the packet will do. The Space Dust Biscuit, Shortbread base with copious amounts of space dust. This is not a biscuit for the faint hearted, pregnant females, anyone with a history of heart disease or those fitted with pacemakers.
P.s. Please don't mentionLincolnsor Nice as these are crummy incarnations of the devil himself.
Yours truly, W.H. Warlord and R.Mellie
|Nicey replies: Well I'm most inclined to send you off to a Sainsbury's rather than Tescos to get a pack of their own brand Fruit Digestives. These are substantial biscuits which come in a big pack and a have a malty fruity taste that will bring you back for more, I'm intending a review at some point.
If you have to go to Tesco's then your choice is not as great, as their own brand stuff is fairly standard fare, and you have to really relly on branded biscuits. I would keep a look out for special offers on such things as McVitie's Caramels and HobNobs, as there is nothing like a bargain to add to the enjoyment.
|MessRoom P2 South Croydon
||We at the London Ambulance Service have recently discovered your site and were amazed to find other people with the same love of biscuits that we have. After extensive research we have found that you can apply psychology to groups of the community and guess their favourite biscuit. People generally fall into 3 groups these are...|
There is also another group of philistines who always say "Jaffa Cakes" this usually results in an explanation that theJaffacake though tasty is not a biscuit but a cake. If they still continue to complain we then take actions to remove them from the Ambulance.
We have also invented an exciting new game which involves gaining biscuits from various households that we go to and then awarding points for biscuits gained, e.g. rich tea 1 point and the Garibaldi is a mighty 10 points due to its rarity with the general public. Bonus points are awarded for Mcvities branding.
Thanks for what you have done for us
W.H. Warlord and R. Mellie.
|Nicey replies: Its good to know that Ambulance service have such a well grounded and common sense approach to biscuits. I'm pleased to see that you hold the Garibaldi in such high regard.|
|A T Lewney
i like to cook, and i like to bake, biscuits and cakes (tho really im crap at anything thats not sponge, but thats ok, cause i dont like fruity cake anyway much) but ive never come accross xanthan gum, can i ask you or her or whoever, what it is and can i get it in my local londis/spar/moronisons etc? and whats it used for other than the recipe provided, it all sounds very exotic
|Nicey replies: Good question. Stuff beginning with X is rocket science by definition. I have never seen Xanthan gum for sale, but I have seen it in stuff, Sunny Delight for instance as you might expect contains it (I once read the ingredients of Sunny Delight to try and figure out if it was indeed as sinister as it appears to be). Whether or not they simply added it because it begins with X and they were working through the alphabet in some kind of sick ingredient stunt or maybe it is to do with 'mouth feel' which I think is the term for industrial chemists would use when building vats of Sunny Delight. Maybe it is part of the emulsification of the vegetable oil in the solution of sugar, and chemicals which is central to the production of Sunny Delight. Perhaps it is a by product of the production of Sunny Delight, which spontaneously gives rise to stuff that begins with X, and Sunny Delight itself is presumably a by product of detergent manufacturing.
You could try Holland and Barrett.