||Dear Nicey & Wifey,|
On the subject of Oatcakes, in the North Staffordshire area, 'Oatcakes' are a peculiar, entirely non-biscuit entity, being more of an oaty flavour pancake which can be eaten with various savory fillings including an entire cooked breakfast if you're particularly brave (or so I've been told). Being from Cheshire, I have sampled an oatcake when they've escaped from the Potteries but if any North Staffs NCOTAASD readers would like to tell us more!! The best sort of tea to serve them with is probably the strong 'oily' variety rather than anything fancy like Earl Grey or Darjeeling.
|Nicey replies: You can only have respect for something that wears an entire cooked breakfast as a garnish.
My new wife is from the Highlands of Scotland. As we live in the south of England I like to make her feel at home by putting the used tea bags in the toilet cystern to recreate that peaty colouration in the water.
She loves it.
What a great web address and idea for a website. I haven't been able to look through all of it yet. However I must take you to task over an absolutely vital "ingredient" in a nice cup of tea that is missing from your title. It is the to do with temperature, specifically the word Hot !
A nice cup of tea must be Hot, Hot, Hot !
Thus "NiceHotCupofTeaandAsitDown.com" should be your web address. There's nothing worse than luke warm tea....... Ahhh! Just thought I'd mention it.
Bye for now,
|Nicey replies: Good point but the word nice mandates that the tea is 'correct' in the eye of the beholder, and in your case as with many others is hot.
I came across this article in the online version of the Oldham Chronicle My first thoughts were how smashing Eccles Cakes are, and wondering whether they would be appropriate for packing into soldier's ration packs, perhaps even replacing the oatmeal block. By the end of the story I was almost in tears though as the couple relived their darkest tea-deprived moments. One can only imagine the sheer pluck required to get through the ordeal.
|Nicey replies: What an inspiring tale of pensioners forced to eat Eccles cakes to survive. I hope they don't tend get them from Greggs bakers as it might not turn out so well next time, in view of their recent decision to withdraw Eccles cakes from sale.|
||Biscuits or cakes?|
I asked a friend when we were discussing the contentious issue of the jaffa cake and she said that she thought oatcakes could f*ck off. I felt that this was a little harsh and asked other friends what they thought. None were kind to the oatcake. One even said that they were a pariah forced traverse the shopping aisles in their oaty doom. Another said that oatcakes were flapjack zombies.
Does anyone else like oatcakes? Am I alone?
Cake or biscuit?
|Nicey replies: Yes that was a bit uncalled for. Still the Oatcake can be quite confusing as it looks like a biscuit and is called a cake, but clearly is really some form of cracker. There are sound historical reasons for all of this, mostly to do with living in Scotland a very long time ago. Still I like oatcakes but tend to munch them with some nice grapes and some tasty cheese and a nice glass of wine. Once again this is plainly not their original intended purpose.
So in summary, Cake or Biscuit?, no Cracker.