||I bought a posh Morphy Richards kettle last year with the last of our wedding present vouchers. It had a special water filter and was shiny and silver. However, it dribbled all the time and broke down after about 8 months. So my husband bought a Le Creuset kettle from the factory shop near his work. It goes on the hob and has no technology to break, not even a whistle! And it doesn't dribble & is a lovely blue. My American colleague tells me that in the States hob kettles are considered posh whereas electric ones are only for students. So if any Americans come round maybe they will be impressed!|
|Nicey replies: Le Creuset stuff rules, plus you get a reasonable workout just moving it around the kitchen.
Arnott's Spicy Fruit Roll Review
|Dear Nicey and Wifey|
I've just been introduced to your site by a former Scottish flatmate of mine here in Australia... We had a mutual love for a nice cup of tea and a sit down... The perfect forum for a good old chat...
I wanted to share a little discovery my husband and I made while on honeymoon last year... While sitting in the foyer of our hotel, we supped a beautiful tea called "Irish Malt", a black Assam tea with a hint of whiskey and caramel... After a letter, a couple of emails and a few phonecalls we managed to discover that it was made by Ronnefeldts... We've since been able to purchase some through an Australian importer and our verdict remains the same... Delicious!
I noticed you have received quite a few comments from Australia where there are many interesting biscuit varieties that I have yet to see on foreign shores... I love Arnott's Spicy Fruit Rolls and Kingstons...
I agree with those of your readers who say they don't understand the interest in Irish Kimberley biscuits... My family and friends always insisted on bringing me packets while I was living in Gibraltar, obviously thinking I was missing the "delicacy"... But to tell you the truth, they really aren't my 'cup of tea'... Although I do have a liking for Mikado's (Arnott's Iced VoVo's are NOT the same!)... My shopping list for family and friends visiting was a large packet of Lyons Gold Label tea - now that was worth waiting for... A nice strong brew after a long day at the office... Perfection!
Keep up the good work
Rachel Lehmann (Irish Aussie)
|Nicey replies: Yes Arnott's Kingstons are infact made under licence using South African manufacturer Baker's recipe for Romany Creams. Perhaps one of the UK manufacturers should have a go at some of these too, especially given that Gypsy creams (which aren't the same really) seem to have disappeared.|
Ginger Nut Review
I read with interest in the Sunday papers recently of a young lady who beat off a knife-wielding attacker with no more that a pack of biscuits.
The biscuits, alas, remain unidentified; however much tea-break speculation has prompted discussions as to the most effective biscuit to wield in the face of danger. We cannot decide between something with a high density to volume ratio such as a Ginger Nut with which to deliver a sharp cautionary blow, or something soft and forgiving that might absorb an impact (perhaps a Tunnock's Tea cake or better still a pack of Wagon Wheels).
We would welcome your views on this important matter.
Chris, David and Steve
|Nicey replies: Very interesting. I think I would go along with you on the Gingernuts for packet combat. For individual biscuit defense I would be lobbing Thin Arrowroots at my adversary.
I watched Midsommer Murders on ITV last night and was struck by how simple it was to spot the killer(s). They'd left two cups of tea and a plate with several biscuits to go about their foul deeds.
I, at least, would have finished the tea before bludgeoning my neighbour to death.
|Nicey replies: Very good point. Probably if they had finished off the tea and biscuits they would have been in a far too agreeable state of mind to go and bump off the neighbours, and probably just settled for the crossword. |
|Lisa, Robin and Holly the cat
||Dear Nicey and Wifey|
I just had to send in a picture of our lovely new kettle which, as well as boiling water jolly fast and filtering it for us, also has a super blue light which illuminates the water inside and some quite spiffy little red lights around the base. These little red lights flash when the "keep warm" feature is used - something we never do as it would be fatal to a nice cup of tea! However, we are particularly fond of the lights as they make a dark dull morning just that little bit brighter.
Lisa, Robin and Holly the cat.
|Nicey replies: Yes we have been getting quite a few proud owners of this particular kettle mailing us. Of course Breville pioneered the use of slightly confusing lights with their sandwich toaster's red and green lights which both meant something apparently.|