|A work colleague advised me to eat McVities Digestives with crunchy peanut butter. Has to be McVities has to be Sunpat, but most importantly has to be crunchy peanut butter.|
I used to weight 8 stone, but given my regular need of this biscuit fix I'm not any longer. Should I sue, or wire my jaw closed?
|Nicey replies: Unless you want to be discovered deceased sitting on your kahzie you probably want to moderate your intake, if not try deep frying them in batter.
|Andrew and Nicky Morgan
You can imagine the dreadful fright the wife and I got last weekend when an Avon & Somerset Police envelope plopped through our letterbox onto the mat. Having already banged-to-rights by an undercover speed-detector van I thought 'Oh! Here we go again! The wife has been pushing the Volvo about 40 again!'.
So You can imagine the further dreadful fright I got when I spotted the vehicle in question was my own faithful Citroen Berlingo (Hey! What's that? It's a car - no, it's an MPV etc etc). 'Gnnn' was my first reaction and I felt a twinge in the wallet. But reading on it turned out that Plod was merely sending me a friendly warning.
'It was noticed that you had a toolbox on display in your vehicle' the letter said. 'What? Never!' I said. I don't have a toolbox. In the back of my Berlingo is a portable table, 2 folding chairs, a kettle, a box of Taylor's of Harrowgate Gold Blend tea bags and a tupperware cake storage box.
It was then that the full horror came to bear.
Plod was referring to my 'makings' - my portable gas stove! Tucked snugly away in its black storage box the average thug would have mistaken it for a drill or lathe or other such heavy industrial equipment.
You can imagine the feeling of relief that swept over us. We certainly got off lightly there! Considering my car is always left open and the fact that we leave various goodies around to avoid stealing our kettle. The yobbos can take my cd stereo, the son's Gameboy, our Bush In-car DVD player or my digital camera. But heaven forbid anybody should ever steal the makings.
How we laughed!
Andrew & Nicky Morgan
We are quite happy with our kettle which we've had for over a year. The base rotates, which is good as you don't have to be too accurate when clutching at the handle when tea is urgently needed. The on/off switch has a nice red glowing light and clicks pleasantly, and the bottom of the kettle is a big flat element - easy to clean and fast to boil. It is also fun to watch the water boil; we haven't had a glass kettle before but this is an entertaining feature.
Sadly the glass has a disadvantage in hard water areas - it gets scaley. We use a wire fuzzball whatsit but it can only do so much. We do find that the kettle self-cleans to some extent though - the scale only grows so much at the most-used, bottom of the kettle, and then subsequent boils do not seem to add to the scale thickness. I sometimes scrub the scale out. You can always watch the water bubbling away though.
We've attached a picture - I'm afraid it hasn't been recently cleaned!
Laura (who worries that she doesn't clean the scale out enough) and Paul (who doesn't)
|Nicey replies: I expect if you boil half a cup of white vinegar in it from time to time along with some water, it will see off your scale.
we were sitting around at work have the age old "what single biscuit would you take to a desert island...?" discussion when we discovered your website.
Very pleased with it - I had a look in the archive but there seems to be quite an important ommission - Jacob's Lemon Puff.
Look forward to seeing it some time soon....
p.s. by the way my "desert island" biscuit would be Custard Creams - any brand.
|Nicey replies: The lemon puff omission is quite deliberate, if you get our book you'll find out why. I think I would take one of those large packs of digestives to a desert Island as they would probably supply the most sustenance, and really taste doesn't enter in to it as just about any biscuit is going to be brilliant under those circumstances.
Its a bit like when the entire NCOTAASD crew stayed in the Travel Inn in Guilford over the summer. We had enough tea in our room but only one pack of complementary Bourbons. So I had to undertake a covert mission to top up our supplies from the maids trolley up the corridor, to the tune of a another three packs. Normally we can take or leave Bourbons, but these proved to be scrumptious.
Having recently discovered your page the office I work in has become one of complete serenity. If things ever get tough, the tough have a nice cup of tea and a sit down. We've even started calling it "a nice cup of tea" rather than simply tea and we all take it in turns to make nice cups of tea (bad ones go straight back).
We've also started a pink wafer fan club. I'm sure we can get some lovely pics soon
P.S. Our biscuit recommendation of the week is Clotted Cream Shortbread from Devon.
|Nicey replies: Lovely|