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I was prompted to remember this by your poll. I always refuse to call herbal tea 'tea'. Surely a drink must contain tea leaves to qualify for the moniker. What's your view? I think they should be called "herbal tea-like drink infusion", so those expecting actual tea from the misleading label will not be disappointed again. I can see why this might not catch on though...
|Nicey replies: Oh quite. I mean coffee doesn't get all this grief does it? Occasionally chicory or something tries to get involved, but it does have completely random things like stinging nettles, stinky old camomile, rose-hips or blackcurrant leaves passing themselves off as it. If I was tea I would be very indignant, and demand that they only assume the title of "herbal infusion", and use a different shelf entirely in the supermarket.
||Dear Nicey and the Wife,|
Like many people across the country, I am partial to a spot of marmalade on my toast at breakfast. For me, the thing that sets marmalade apart from jam and gives it its appeal is the inclusion of the pieces of orange zest, the bigger the better.
Imagine my surprise when, just last week, my wife brought home some Golden Shred Shredless marmalade (surely an oxymoron), stating that she "doesn't like the bits". In the same shopping trip she also bought some fresh orange juice "with juicy bits".
Women, will we ever understand them???
|Nicey replies: Kieth,
I think this allows me to utilise the seldom seen Jam and Fruit icons
||I have recently being perusing the message board at www.readytogo.net where my fellow fans have been debating their favouite biscuits. The thread contained a link to your site, which I have visited often.|
This discussion on the forum resulted in someone naming a "cookie" as their favourite biscuit, because of its "gooey centre". Surely this can't be right! What are your opinions on the matter. If I may be so bold I would also like to ask if you are going to compose a retrospective of my favourite childhood biscuit - the Trio. Altogether now "TTTTRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOO" etc.
I've tired myself out now - better have a sit down and a nice cup of tea, with a 2" pie of Rich Tea.
I look forward to your reply
Regards and best wishes
|Nicey replies: David,
Of course they are free to enjoy that gooey centered cookie, they might also enjoy eating large quantities of uncooked cake mixture. Calling them biscuits is however effectively surrendering our culture identity to America, a bit like giving up BBC One in favour of Sky One. As for the Trio we still get the occasional sighting in the wild, the last occurred in North East Belfast about eighteen months ago. Alas no pictures were obtained.
I have got into the decadent habit of taking advantage of the £59 First Class return deal on GNER trains to travel to Edinburgh and back each August, figuring that the amount of tea and biscuits I can consume both in the First Class Lounge at Kings Cross before take-off and on-train will pay for the upgrade from standard Class. Plus, there's the advantage of comfier seats and (usual) lack of small children and screaming babies. Imagine my disappointment on finding only two varieties of biscuit on offer: Scottish Shortcake and Yorkshire Parkin (a treacle-flavoured oatmeal biscuit). I was only offered 3 packs (can't remember exactly how many in a pack, probably three) each way, and the tea refills were few and far between -- perhaps there was a staff shortage? It's the long way round with Virgin for me next year!
|Nicey replies: Fred
Oh dear that's my GNER - Fruit Shewsbury assumption thrown into disarray then.
Ringtons Ginger Snap Review
|Can you settle an argument? I contend that the term Ginger Snap is a generic one, which encompasses all biscuits which may call themselves Ginger Nut. Other members of my team claim that it is the other way round, and that a Ginger Nut is the general term, and that Ginger Snap is a brand name. Who is right?|
|Nicey replies: No Ginger Snap is not a brand name. I have always seen them as interchangeable terms. However, I would see a Ginger Snap implying a thinner and more delicate biscuit moving towards the Brandy Snap's thin brittle toffee. Mind you the last 'ginger snap' we got to grips with was a fair size dwarfing the Ginger Nuts along side it, although it wasn't durable as them.|