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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.
||Dear nicey and wifey,|
On the subject of children and tea, I would just like to say it only works if the child's tea is made first. Because if made at the same time as your own and passed to the child, she will pronounce the tea too hot - and still make a leap for your own equally warm cup and spill it as described. And if you wait until their own tea is cool enough to be acceptable, your own will be too cold to be a nice cup any more. So, if you have children, plan your tea making activities well in advance.
Oh, and don't forget to make sure you have suitable cheap biscuits to keep them distracted from your own more special tea-accompaniments. (I'm sorry, but Choco Liebnitz are wasted on a 2 year old)
Yours in fatherly experience
|Nicey replies: I find it handy to make only half a mug and to put in quite a lot of milk, both of which have a cooling effect allowing the younger members of staff to get tucked into their tea almost straight away.|
Bahlsen Afrika Review
I feel that I have to spring to the defence of the exquisite Africa biscuit. This was a staple biscuit where I spent my childhood in the Netherlands and its lack of availability in the UK until recently was a sad loss.
The biscuits are a good size - small enough to pop in your mouth in one shot, rather than wasting time nibbling. The dark chocolate, with crisp, thin wafer is perfect and encourages more scoffing. One area that I do agree with you on is that it is more suited to a nice cup of coffee than tea, although with a sweetened tea it can be a fine accompaniment.
Most excellent biscuit inspired site - I'm off now to put the kettle on and dunk a couple of Jam Sandwich Creams!