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|Having read your review on the famous, or to some, infamous, garibaldi. I must say that I agree with the fact that they are a sub section of their own in the biscuit world and as they come in the alleged `kit form`(i.e. you have to break them up), you really feel like a true veteran biscuit muncher, as it requires a little bit of effort to maximise the potential of said biscuit. One might suggest that you could eat all six (the normal amount in one line before broken apart) as a single string, to simply propose such an idea is animalistic and barbaric, would you tackle a leg of lamb before slicing it up into pieces? I think not.|
However, I feel that I must point out from past experiences, that not all garibaldis, once in their singular form, have the abundance of currents that I like. Perhaps it`s just my luck, but I tend to find that one or two from the set are blessed with currents, so much so they could be compared to an eckle`s cake, where as others are hard done by and are always left until last by which time they have often become a little dry and hard, but one does the right thing and eats them, although a little grudgingly.
To conclude, the garibaldis deserve applause for their individuality and praise for their long held domination of the biscuit tin, but continuity in the input of currents in the biscuit is something that it lacks, some say `familiarity breeds contempt,` i might agree in certain circumstances, but here, it would be nice to have the abundance of currents in every single bit, that so many of us love.
Henry Morgan, an avid consumer of biscuits and tea.
|Nicey replies: Henry,
I've never found current distribution to be a problem. Either, I'm eating different Garibaldis to you or my expectations of dried fruits in biscuits are much more relaxed than yours. Surely there is the thrill of getting the odd really currenty one. If they were all like that it would take away some of the fun, not that I'd notice perhaps.
|A tribute to Garibaldi biscuits.|
When our family goes camping we always pack plenty of Garibaldi biscuits. They're robust enough to withstand the journey rammed into the boot of the car, all the family enjoy them and, most importantly of all, if you inadvertently leave them outside the tent after an evening of star gazing (which requires biscuits of course) they still taste good with your morning cuppa (although you no longer need to dunk them !).
|Nicey replies: Yay! for biscuits and stargazing.|
|There is a small park at the end of Via Garibaldi in Venice, in the Castello Est. This park was built by Napoleon, and before the gates stands a statue of the man who inspired my favourite biscuits.|
Garibaldi's are the best. The biscuit is spicy, the raisins full of flavour, and although you can't make a map of Italy with a normal packet, you can build little houses. Whenever I am in Venice I always take a packet of garibaldi's with me, for a nibble when I sit in the park.
At them moment I am working in New Delhi, when I opened my suitcase my six-year old son had put a packet of Jammy Dodgers in for me. So a cup of tea and a dunked bikky, with the jam hot and melting, starts my day here.
|Nicey replies: Nice point about the little houses|
After unanimously voting the Garibaldi the title of 'Most Underated Biscuit', my colleagues and I inevitably moved on to the link between the biscuit and the Italian hero of 19th century liberal nationalism. Here things became more fractious as two rival theories emerged. The first that
Guiseppe Garibaldi instructed his cook to create a robust, lightweight, durable and high energy foodstuff for an army on the march and the second that an english biscuit manufacturer created the biscuit to celebate Garibaldi's visit to London. My questions to you are therefore:
1. What is the true link between liberator and biscuit ?
2. Are you sure you have spelled Garibaldi correctly in your review ?
3. Is it true that the Garibaldi is the only biscuit certified for space
travel by NASA ?
4. As the Garibaldi is dead fly biscuit and the eccles cake is dead fly pie,
are they somehow related and why are we calling a cake a pie (or vice versa)
Must rush as my tea seems to have cooled.
|Nicey replies: 1) Don't know the interweb didn't help me much either
2) I'm sure I spelt it incorrectly as most people tell me that
3) No I think the fig roll is cleared for use in zero G
4) Yes they are related, and you called it a pie not me
|I must disagree with Jon Beck's email about digestive biscuits being all the same, no matter which brand you buy. Clearly Jon has no idea what he is talking about because as we all know, the only true digestive biscuit is made by McVities. All other brands are inferior alternatives, mainly because they have an artificially sweet taste, hence they are known as the "sweetmeal" variety. Any disgestive fan will be able to spot the difference betwen McVities and other brands blindfolded.|
I would also like to point out to Jon that far from being ignored on this site, Digestives were Biscuit of the Week 03/02/2002 ... and I must say I have to agree with this quote taken from the Digestive's review on Biscuit of the Week :-
"Other people attempt to make digestives but they taste like cardboard compared to the mighty McVities"