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||Apologies for the WI type question but does anyone know a recipe for fig rolls? I live in the middle of nowhere in Italy and have changed my eating habits accordingly but occasionally things start calling. The home made tomato ketchup for the home made bacon sarnies was ok but decidedly watery. Now I have 3 big fig trees absolutely laden and fig biscuits are something which my kids are being denied in their admittedly idyllic but proper-biscuit lacking lives. They sell them on the internet I've noticed but at fifteen quid postage I would have to hire a divorce lawyer when the bill came. If it helps to get a level of backwater-ness I made gingerbread men last week with some very dried up old powdered ginger (not nice) and no-one for miles had ever heard of ginger before. And when my husband went to America in January they asked how he would manage with the language.....yours in need. Jo.|
|Nicey replies: Hello Jo,
To make commercial fig rolls you need a big machine for extruding them, so what ever you come up with will inevitably have a bit of a homemade look to it. I think your main challenge is to get your figs to resemble the fig paste inside a fig roll, no doubt beginning with drying them. Maybe you'll have to see if the locals have any fig processing tips you can assimilate. After that you are really into jam rolly-polly territory using a sweet pastry that I think you'll find needs some egg yolk in it.
I've noticed you being a bit mean to Lipton's Yellow Label on several occasions now. Granted, it is a bit of a poor brew, but in foreign climes it can be a blessing in disguise, but more usually, the only thing on offer that resembles tea.
I've been saved by it on foreign trips as far afield as Mexico and Thailand. Given the usual choice of Yellow label or chamomile (in the form of a bunch of flowers in one notable case) Lipton's will win every time as far as I'm concerned.
I do wonder if Lipton's tea is really so bad, or it is just that most Britons only ever encounter it abroad with the attendant odd tasting milk they have over there.
PS In Thailand I went so far as to try Nestle's iced tea, for I which apologise and offer only the excuse that the weather really was very, very warm indeed. The iced tea was, alarmingly, rather refreshing.
|Nicey replies: Yes too many catered skiing holidays with enforced Lipton's Yellow Label when the body is crying out for PG.
||Where can I buy Liptons Yellow Label Tea Bags in the UK|
|Nicey replies: Good grief! The same insipid stuff that is foisted upon us the moment we step off of the shores of blighty? Pick some up on your next booze cruise to Calais I would reckon.
||I was on 'business' to the Houses of Parliament about 3 months ago and was offered only those Crawford type packet biscuits - think I had the shortbread ones which quite frankly aren't anything like shortbread. Didn't see any Bronte biccies. Inside Portcullis House there is an atrium and a self-serve cafeteria which evokes train stations and shop-challenged airports! And the only tea was that nasty nearly-hot water stuff from an urn, and my famous name politician bought my mug of tea for me! And no, it didn't seem all that cheap either!|
Inside the House of Lords I was offered a milky tea in a time-served mug, and no biccies but then security is very tight these days! Those days of Mrs Miggins delivering teapots, cups and saucers with jangling cutlery to a leather inlaid desk must be well over. I'm back in October to conclude my business - I'll let you know if those who serve the people in those places without an elected assembly, get served good biccies on the job!
There is now a new and far superior figgy alternative to Fig Newtons in the U.S.: Fig Newman's, the cleverly named cookie made by Paul Newman's food ompany. The cookie part isn't mealy or soggy and the fig part is plentiful and devoid of that weird oversweet chemical-y taste that Newtons have. Newman's are also organic and uses its profits for Paul Newman's charities. Plus, there's a nice photo of him and his daughter on the package.
And of course, when you are in effect donating the price of the box of cookies to charity, God cancels out the carbohydrates. (Are Britons following Atkins as assiduously as Americans these days?)
|Nicey replies: Barbara,
Thanks for reminding me about Fig Newman's, I had forgotten about them. Nanny Nicey is very keen on Mr Newman, and Fig Rolls.
Not sure about Atkins but right now a large part of the UK seems to be eating pumpkin seeds, courtesy of Dr Gillian McKeith.