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||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.|
||I've tried making my own chai before with a sort of loose mixture, and it ended in a (somewhat tasty) disaster. I've just moved to Wisconsin and it's cold enough to warrant a good cup of chai, something I rarely wanted when I lived farther south. Could you offer some sort of recipe?|
|Nicey replies: Liz,
Sorry we drink PG Tips.
Fig Roll Review
|I'm fairly new to your site, shame on me, so I may have missed out on previous raging debates about fig rolls. Now, I'm quite partial to a cup of tea and a biscuit or two, but am I the only person in the world who thinks that fig rolls are vile? There are very few foody things that I actively dislike, and I like both figs and sponge, but put the two together and yuk! Plonk a pack down in the office and everyone descends on them like a pack of starving dingoes on a fat baby, but even the smell is enough to make my guts do a handstand. Am I alone? Do I need therapy?|
|Nicey replies: The crust on a fig roll is a really more of a sweet pastry than a sponge, unless on the American Fig Newton which is more like sponge that has been battered flat. Don't feel bad about not liking them, think of it as your gift to those of us who love them.|
Waitrose Organic Oaten Review
|Ah so it isnít just me then! Iíve often remarked that the aroma of some digestives has the faint whiff of hamster bedding, most people just look at me as if Iíve gone mad, clearly they are mistaken!|
|Nicey replies: Oh yes we should adopt hamster bedding as biscuit tasting term, if wine tasting can have 'gun flint', 'buttery' and 'cigar box' then we can have 'Hamster Bedding'.|