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|Hello Nicey and Wifey,|
I just stumbled upon your web-site and I don't know if you or any of your fellow enthusiasts can help me out?
Does anyone remember the plastic loose-leaf tea dispenser that used to be stuck on the side of the kitchen cupboard above the teapot in virtually every kitchen in the country? They were a sort of inverted cone with a horizontal, spring loaded plunger affair on the front near the bottom. When pressed this would deliver a set amount of tea into the pot, (it was something like one press per person and one for the pot). They came in various colour combinations, with opaque bottoms and lids and a tinted clear-ish plastic centre, so you could see how much tea you had left. I'm beginning to suspect a global conspiracy - I can distinctly remember being a small child and being allowed to push the button, but my parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties and various 'old' people I may have known are all denying they ever owned such a thing!
Can they still be bought? I've been trying this new internet thingy but it seems as clueless as everyone else I've asked.
Any help or advice gratefully received.
ps Lincoln biscuits are the best - good tea-absorbtion but compact & sturdy enough not to collapse en-route to your mouth. I called them 'bubble-biscuits' when I were a lad.
|Nicey replies: I did see one of those in my youth but I can't quite remember where. I have a feeling that a course of regressive hypnotherapy would soon have it out of me, but would this be a appropriate use of such a thing?
A big hoorah for Lincoln biscuits they are much misunderstood.
|I like the Lincoln biscuit it's a great mid morning snack, five or six with a cup if coffee go down a treat. They're sweet but not sickly and don't give me ideas above my station.|
As great biscuit eater I enjoyed reading the revues on your website. I am sad to say that some supermarkets are not stocking Lincoln anymore re an article in the newspaper. They want to make way for more popular brands, presumably ones with more artificial additives and cartoon characters on the pack.
Long live the Lincoln.
While my husband and I were shopping for fathers day presents in David Jones (a fairly upmarket department store here in Australia) we saw and bought a packet of "strawberry biscuits". They were in a cardboard packet with a big picture of strawberries on it, but no picture of the biscuits. The ingredients listed strawberry flavour, and the packet said there were four biscuits in the pack. This sounded like rather luxury level biscuits to us, and we were eager to try them.
When we opened them, though, we found four (not five) Lincoln biscuits. As far as I know these aren't regularly available here in Aus, but I recognised them from your site which I'd been browsing the day before. Like you say in your review, the most exciting thing about them is the pattern of dots on the top.
So what I'm wondering is, are Lincoln biscuits normally strawberry flavoured? Is strawberry flavour one of the standard Lincoln ingredients? Not that it was very noticeable in ours.
Anyway, thanks for a very enjoyable website.
|Nicey replies: Liz,
Whoa, these biscuits are bringing me down. First off, four is a miserably small number isn't it? Typically that's seen as the amount for a small individiually wrapped serving (sorry to use a dodgy transatlantic term), as exemplified by the Oreo or even our own Penguin MIni Splatz. However, there is usually a bunch of said servings in the box not just four biscuits in total.
As for the strawberries I think there are some mixed metaphors going on here. Strawberry shortcake is a sandwich of shortcake (sort of as it's an American recipe) with fresh strawberries and cream. Fair enough. Lincoln biscuits are a shortcake biscuit, a fairly dull and unassuming one at that. They wouldn't even dream of getting a cream filling let alone fraternising with Strawberries. As for these biscuits only tasting slightly of strawberry despite there being pictures of them on the box, well that's enough to make your blood boil.
I await the emails telling me about Lincoln creams, now I've said that I'm sure there was such a thing.
|I have a particularly nasty association with Lincoln biscuits which I would like to share.|
Like most kids, my brother and sisters and I were always on the scrounge for biscuits and sweets. Chocolate biscuits were the work of Beelzebub, and disapeared too quickly for my mother's liking. Sick and tired of our constant pleas for interesting biccies, my mother decided that we obviously all had worms and invested in some worm powder which she duly administered to us all. No excuses were allowed.
I don't know if anyone can remember what worm powder tasted like in the 60s but it was foul. Supposedly 'rapsberry' flavoured, it cam in little orange sachets and was the most disgusting, chemical, pungent concoction I ever tasted.
Under my mother's beady eye, I was told to hold my nose and tip it back, which I duly did. Then my mother passed me a biscuit to 'take the taste away'. It was a Lincoln biscuit.
I bit into the biscuit and a couple of minutes later, threw the whole lot up, worm powder, Lincoln biscuit and all.
I can never even look at a green packet of those bobbly, boring biscuits without the painful memory resurfacing. They are the sort of non-descript, unadventurous biscuits that nobody likes and people buy just so they won't be tempted to eat biscuits. Or worse still to take the taste away of something filthy.
I say stop these travesties of the biscuit tin! Ban them NOW!
Yours in biscuitry
|I have discovered your site much to my relief.|
On the subject of Lincoln biscuits - the mysterious dots that seems to have foxed the best brains in the country I can reveal. Or at least I can give a reason for. I had an abusive upbringing. As a small child, my mother sought the most bland biscuits to furnish the biscuit tin in an attempt to make them last more than two days. After my siblings and I evolved to love bland biscuits, came the rationing. I believe it was three a day. One such experiment was the Lincoln. In order to make them last, I would nibble the
biscuit dot by dot with my tiny teeth. The effect of doing this, much like savouring the small drops of a fine wine, were to exacerbate the melodious flavours of the Lincoln. Ahh, how it would dissolve into a gritty caramel wash, the minute particles exciting a taste bud here, diffusing the back of the throat in a streak of sweet pleasure, or the unexpected stimulus of the underside of the tongue. Sometimes I would leave the biscuit in mid nibble for the afternoon, but always when it got perilously low in mass, the whole lot was gobbled in a fit of rabid gluttony lest the remains cascade disastrously down one's front.
I hope that helps.