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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|
On the subject of fruit and herb 'teas'. The French have a separate words for them - they are "tisane"s - pronounced "tizan".
Why don't we adopt this? It'll save all the argy bargey from us real tea drinkers.
Now, decaff. is quite another problem.
|Nicey replies: Morning Sue,
Yes I've seen that written on French Herbal teas but due to lack of interest, hadn't taken it onboard. It sounds like an excellent plan, not only does it give them their own rather daft name but it associates them with the French which historically has is always handy if you are looking to blame somebody for something.
Reading some of Wifey's thoughts (in the book) regarding her attempts to drink some weird fruity stuff when she was pregnant it reminded me of something I get really wound up about. "Fruit tea drinkers". Calling something that does not contain any actual tea leaves, tea. It's been covered before I know (handy search feature), but it's gotten worse. The other day a work colleague brought in some root ginger. You may not want to read on at this point. He then crushed the ginger added hot water and called it Ginger Tea. You know me, I didn't duck the issue and confronted him head on. It turns out that these "Fruit Tea" people are not so passionate in their defence of tea slander as I am in trying to eliminate it. I let it lie after we'd agreed on the term "Hot Drink Infusion". A very wishy washy generic term but importantly for me lacking in the word tea. So i'd just like to make a plea to anyone who encounters this issue. Don't ignore the problem, it is already way out of hand. Confront and educate.
|Nicey replies: Jim,
Very timely, as I suspect I might get asked about that on the Paul O'Grady show this afternoon. I'm with you, if it hasn't got tea in it then what's it doing calling its self tea. I'm a reasonable man if there is some tea in there then thats OK, otherwise 'hot drink infusion' as you suggest would seem fine.