||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.|
Tunnocks Wafer Review
I've just got back from a nice trip to Tobago.† After a couple of days of hurricane Ivan we enjoyed some nice sunshine and plenty of caribbean hospitality.† Anyway, a trip to the hotel shop resulted in me spotting none other than the Tunnock Caramel Wafer for sale.† We've had discussions in the past over their ludicrous claim of how many are sold each week, well, if they're being sold as far afield as Tobago then maybe it could be possible.† Maybe we could initiate a Tunnocks Hunt.† I wonder where the strangest place is that they can be found?
As an additional, we met a very nice couple while holidaying.† They were interested but slightly disturbed by my interest and views on all things biscuit.† Good news for you though as they are very keen to get on the website and†purchase the book.
|Nicey replies: Glad you are back in one piece. I have a pack of the Dark Chocolate Tunnocks Wafers downstairs which you have probably just encouraged me to open. Good work with the book advertising, we are off to see the first copies roll off the presses a week Monday, hopefully we'll have some pictures of that in the next newsletter.|
Rich Tea Review
Here I was, at 11.30pm, sitting in front of the pc gorging myself on rich tea biscuits (a quater of the packet gone, a squidy mass stuck in my teeth). And I decided to type into google, 'rich tea biscuits' (like you do) and lo and behold, your site pops up....and it seems it has been reviewed by The Times newspaper from reading the emails. So this is no mere rubbish I though to myself.
I was now through half a packet of lyons rich tea biscuits....and the worst bit....I am eating them DRY...no tea.
I cannot comment on how I feel now about rich tea biscuits. I fear I may never want another in my life. Nice site, weird way of stumbling on it, sick feeling in my stomach (=21 rich tea biscuits all splurging out as they melt in my gastric juices).
Claire of Epsom, Surrey
|Nicey replies: Claire,
I'm concerned you may be spending too much time on the Internet. A well adjusted person would have gotten up to make some tea after one or two Rich Tea biscuits.