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|D Lawnland Esq
||Dear Mr Nicey,|
I occasionally drop in to your site to cheer me up. What I like is its jolliness and, in a world beset by issues its refreshing to read something that is not terribly controversial (although I notice Wifey is becoming ever bolder in her views - keep an eye on that).
Now, on to tea and biscuits. Our domestic situation is a little bit complicated because we enjoy both Earl Grey and ordinary. Don't get me wrong, we're not posh or anything, we down the EG in big mugs just like builders, but generally the ordinary tea is for visitors, and we either forget and serve them EG and it isn't always appreciated, or we remember and have to ask them what they want and it all becomes difficult trying to remember who wants what.
I note that you are a family organisation. We, too, have rapidly-growing children and, not without a modicum of parental pride, I can say that they have all taken to tea-drinking with great enthusiasm. Not only that, but when they are in the mood, they will actually MAKE a cup of tea for me and Mum. It doesn't get much better than that on a Sunday afternoon. However, much as it pleases me to see the little ones developing their appreciation, I would like to see their appreciation of the contents of the biscuit tin developing a bit less rapidly. They are increasingly partaking of the biscuits WITHOUT the benefit of tea.
In a hard-pressed economy, it can be deeply shocking to one's soul to fill a biscuit tin Saturday morning with a choice selection of Digestives, Custard Creams and Malted Milks, only to open the same tin early Sunday evening to see just a few sad crumbs. Leaves you with a gray heart.
What is to be done? Can one obtain lockable biscuit tins? My wife's general philosophy in the past was to buy not-very-fancy biscuits, like Rich Tea, in order to discourage temptation. But how does that help me? Once I left the home of my own parents I was, I thought, liberated from the 2-biscuits-only rationing system of my youth. How ironic. Currently I am forced to secrete my own stash of luxury biscuits in "Dad's Cupboard", where no child must goeth. Then, of course, to scoff down Boasters in front of the TV whilst the young ones have to make do with Asda Smart Price Nice doesn't help my image as Caring Father.
I think this issue requires wider debate. How are the hard-working parents and guardians of this country to implement a workable policy to regulate the flow of biscuits fairly, and without prejudice, to all members of the household?
D Lawnland Esq.
|Nicey replies: Yes I see the problems, although you already seem to have taken steps to address some of the issues. The core problem seems to be the rapid emptying of the biscuit barrel and premature loss of biscuits. As for palming off the younger members of staff with cheaper biscuits, don't worry about it as they only have themselves to blame for this.
I would suggest simply upping your purchase of entry level biscuits. Plain shortcakes, triple packs of mixed biscuits that sort of thing (but not the really cheap ones). They'll still take a hammering but you shouldn't feel so distressed, and you should be able to keep a pack or two to replenish the barrel. By all means get some decent ones in and keep the packs in a secure location, only produce them for immediate sharing with those nice family cuppas.
Unfortunately the NCOTAASD younger members of staff are still too junior to make our tea despite Wifey's frequent suggestions at 7.30am that they go and make it.
congratulations on a splendid website. I just thought i'd pop you an email to say thank you for writing such an entertaining book. i'm an english literature student and this was the first book i've actually read all this year. which includes case studies and books i'm meant to have to of read for the course itself.
|Nicey replies: I think that has made me proud.|
Nabisco Nutter Butter Review
|Whilst reading biccy reviews, I found the above-mentioned biscuit. I think you owe it to other biscuit lovers to let them know that this isn't the only Nutter Butter variety available.|
Nabisco (no matter how hard they try to convince me of the 'homemade goodness' of their biscuits, I know they're a huge conglomerate) also make Nutter Butter Creme (sic) Patties. Even better than the peanut shaped biscuit, this is a slightly sweet wafer, filled with a smooth peanutty filling. They come as three large slabs in a tray, marked off as pillows - rather like a strip of ravioli.
The downside of eating them is the wafer - when very fresh, the wafer shatters easily, and one can become covered with crumbs quite fast. Also, wafers plus dampness equals a less than palatable bite, so these slabs need to be decanted to a tin for ideal storage (like so many North American biscuits, they come wrapped in thin cellophane).
These biscuits aren't available here in Canada, but thank goodness for cross-border shopping to the States. A lovely treat, and entirely moreish.
(an equal opportunity biscuit eater - I've just had three Maryland choc chip and hazelnut rounds with my tea)
|Nicey replies: They sound very closely related to the stuff that finally saw off Elvis.|
||As an ardent tea and biscuit fan living in the biscuit wasteland that is the American south I love visiting your site. I am sending a "recipe" of sorts for Liz who asked about chai. I found combining 1 bag of Bigelow Oolong tea, and one bag of Celestial Seasonings "Bengal Spice", made a decent chai. The Bengal Spice has all the proper chai spices, especially the pepper-very warming-and it is often left out in the pre-packaged sweet chai drinks. If you are a cardamom lover (another spice often deleted due to its cost) throw in an extra pod or two, or a pinch of the fresh ground powder. Top your cup of chai with milk, soy milk, rice milk or for a special treat almond milk. Hope this serves as a good starting point for Liz and any other chai do-it-yourself-ers.|
PS- Down here tea and biscuits refers to hideously oversweetened ice tea and doughy white bread dumplings that go in your box of takeaway fried chicken.
|Nicey replies: Yep, what ever it takes for you folks to survive, as I have said we drink PG Tips.
I saw the feature of you and your book on This Morning, this week; I was most interested, amused and thrilled...
As an avid fan of biscuits, I was hoping you might be able to help me...I have been trying to find out where I can buy a good old fashioned biscuit barrel (tin) - the ones with the beans in the lid, to keep the biscuits fresh...
My mother has one, I think it was a wedding gift...But it hasn't been the same biscuit enjoyment since I left home (a long time ago!)
If you don't know; what is your best storage advice, please!
|Nicey replies: Well now is the time of year, but mostly now you need to get it indirectly as a container of mixed crackers for cheese. This is where we obtained ours, and I'm sure I saw them in the shops last year. It was either M&S or Sainsbury's. After you have scoffed the crackers you'll have a nice biscuit tin.|