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I've just stubbled across your website after riffling through reviews on amazon and how wonderful that you have written a book on this wonderful aspect of our life -tea! I have just finished a cuppa and managed 3 digestive biscuits out of it - lots of dunking this morning. I wanted to send a quick email to invite you to watch my film Tea Total on my website. I wasn't a tea drinker at the time but through extensive research in tea rooms I am happy to say that now I'm converted. I made the animation 3 yrs ago at university and it's had a great response so I hope you enjoy it. It's only a short film (2 mins), so perfect to watch with a brew or even perhaps while the kettle boils?!
I look fwd to reading your book.
|Nicey replies: Lucy,
Hoorah! We have a special icon for just this eventuality the "This is a film about tea!" icon.
Our cake trolley at EDS Swansea raised £212.28. The company was kind enough donate some cash to ensure that all staff got a free Welsh cake to celebrate St David's Day. Meant I was huddling over the bakestone for a good few hours, but it was worthwhile. My fellow bakers helped me out and we had a great showing with bara brith, lemon drizzle cake, loads of nice things like caramel slices and rocky road, fairy and butterfly cakes, and the best jam and cream scones I've ever tasted. I had intended to take a photo for you, but the gannets descended as soon as the cakes appeared. We all had a good time, but by the end of the day some of us were feeling poorer and ever so slightly queasy.
I went along to the Saint David's Day parade in Cardiff on the Saturday and I though it was really good. Not up to St. Patrick's Day in Dublin yet, but certainly enough to make your heart swell with pride.
|Nicey replies: Sue,
Glad to hear you made lots of tea and cake propelled dosh for your Charity. Well done to all your baking colleagues too.
Team NCOTAASD are just back from a week in the Alps, where the YMOS did very good impressions of small helmet wearing projectiles re-entering the earth's atmosphere. Wifey can officially now no longer keep up with them and is adapting her skiing style accordingly to a more sitting down with a hot chocolate whilst I go off and find ever steeper things for the YMOS to tackle.
On the way back yesterday morning we found ourselves on Paris's Gare du Nord at 6:00 am where I was forced to drink Liptons Yellow label tea in a paper cup of hot water and milk, for 2.40 Euros. Wifey has always wanted a romantic weekend in Paris, and arriving at 5:30 am after a night spent trying to sleep and a vinyl covered shelf surrounded by ski socks didn't seem to count. Not even one little tiny bit, although we did spot the odd glimpse of the Eiffel Tower on the way out.
So I better go and get that Guinness and see if we can celebrate St Patrick's Day in some style
||I know that you don't usually publish recipes but here is my recipe for pink wafers.|
Ingredients: cardboard, pink felt-tip pen, glue.
method: Colour cardboard pink using felt-tips. Lightly corrugate and paste together in layers.
Voila! All the taste and texture of pink wafer biscuits.
|Nicey replies: First thank you for noting that we don't usually publish recipes, and secondly this is just the sort of thing that gets the Pink Wafer supporters out on the streets protesting in angry mobs.|
|Pete aka Sadistician
I love tea (as the title of this email may suggest slightly), and I also produce music... Hence or otherwise I have made a tune all about Tea! You can download it from www.thecentrifuge.co.uk if you're interested. Let me know what you think if do...! The track is called 'Tea Fetish' and features my mate's mum...!
Pete aka Sadistician
P.s I was watching an episode of 'Father Ted' recently,and it involved a visiting preist being offered the choice of 'biscuit or cake' with his tea... What would you go for? (given the prerequisite of having to choose one or the other...?)
|Nicey replies: Hey Pete aka Sadistician,
Well done on the long kettle coming to the boil intro to your song, I enjoyed that part. Your friends mother however sounded a bit like she had been burning the candle at both ends.
In such a situation as cake or biscuit always go with the cake, as you'll get offered the biscuits again after you have finished the cake, in a kind of main course / pudding thing.
Also as it is St Patrick's day well done on bringing up the Farther Ted reference. I must away now to get Wifey her Guinness.
||Dear Nicey (hi Wifey too)|
Your site is an acknowledged leader in all things dunkable, and I often refer to it when arguing the cake vs biscuit issue with workmates. Now a new one has arisen (issue that is, not workmate).
A Canadian has joined our team and is insisting on calling bisuits 'cookies'. Now we're not dim, we acknowledge that cookie is a valid word, but for a large (c4 inch diameter), soft, chocolate chip type of creation. Not a digestive or Oreo type affair.
Can you help? Are there international guidelines, a sort of biscuit convention or anything? Or is she just wrong?
Yours in anticipation
|Nicey replies: Well we should respect other peoples cultures and traditions just as we would ask them to respect ours. She can certainly carry on calling them cookies as is her cultural heritage. She should however understand that nobody will know what she is going on about, as they are called biscuits here, and that she will run the very real risk of being left out of sharing the really good biscuits if she can't call them by the correct name.
Our next door neighbour is Canadian and he frequently makes the effort to call biscuits biscuits. (Woo I just wrote biscuits twice!)