I may have missed something but what exactly are the digestive credentials of the digestive biscuit? I've just eaten the best part of a (small) packet and I feel digestively degraded if anything. Outrageous!
|Nicey replies: It was meant to be the relatively large amount of baking soda used in them. Being a carbonate salt it acts as an antacid. However, it is broken down by heat so I've always thought it unlikely that eating Digestives would cure indigestion.|
|I once had a McVitie's digestive, buttered. It was given to me by a dear little old lady. Somewhere near Hastings, I think. It was in about 1973. Doubtless she's passed away now. I shall be eternally grateful to her for the memory. I've tried to replicate the event myself - but, it's true what they say - you can never go back. And anyway - we have Flora Pro-Activ*.|
*Clinically proven to Lower Cholesterol
|Nicey replies: The damage has already been done by the Digestive, so go on buy some proper butter and do the job properly.
|Is it a controversial view (maybe even blasphemous) to suggest that digestive biscuits, like a fine wine, improve with age, especially when stored outside a biscuit tin. This allows them to become moist (a kind of a half way house between eating them "neat" and dipping them in "tea"). This is my firm belief, but was wondering what the accepted wisdom on this matter was?|
|Nicey replies: The accepted wisdom is that the Digestive has been rendered stale and nasty through neglect. I've not encountered anybody before who enjoys stale digestives, however, the Irish Kimberley biscuit tastes a bit stale and odd like a digestive that has been left out overnight in the garden. It is widely believed by me, that you need a special gene to enjoy Kimberleys which only the Irish or their descendents have. Perhaps this could be the explanation.
James replied "Mccaul is an Irish name and my family were originally Irish! I am thourghly impressed by your deductions and all round biscuit/genealogy knowledge."
Lovely to see such a tea-and-biscuit-oriented site. I like to read it whilst actually engaging in sitting down and eating biscuits and drinking tea. It seems proper so to do, somehow.
I was wondering what the biscuit preferences of people's hoofed animals might be. My herd are consistently enamoured of the great and glorious McVities Digestive. They will actually turn their noses up if you try and fob them off with inferior own-brand digestives. I have three sheep, two llamas and two pygmy goats, and they consume a packet of Digestives per day between them. In fact I think that Digestive biccies must be very good indeed for sheep, since Flossie, my eldest, has reached the ovine-Queen-Motherly age of 16 having been fed McVities all her life.
I did try an experiment to see whether the Jacob's sheep would enjoy Jacob's crackers, but they just sneezed and ran away.
Unfortunately they don't seem to like tea. I have offered them tea when they've been having their biscuits, but they don't seem inclined to taste it. Besides, it's hard to find a mug they could hold with their little hoofies.
Does anyone else's herd have strong biscuit preferences? Are there any other brands or types of biscuit which confer longevity on sheep?
(:-) - Yak
Big picture of sheep
|Nicey replies: Fantastic. Almost too excited to type..
I too have some sheep and biscuit experience, also involving the McVities Digestive, about 15 years ago on a walking holiday in Wales, whilst making tea a top a mountain in the drizzle and mist. Several sheep appeared from the mist surrounding the small tumble down dry stone wall structure we were sheltering in. As the Digestives came out they seized the moment and breached our walled defenses setting about our biscuits. We managed to repel them off using our Orange plastic mugs of freshly made PG, but not before they had very cheekily scoffed several biscuits. Woo. All of that seems to tally with your livestock.
|Love your website - but when drinking tea one must just use leaf tea, a china pot (preferably a Brown Betty) and tea strainer. Also one must use the best bone china tea cups with handle facing east and stir clockwise with silver teaspoon. |
I love a good cuppa with a nice crisp digestive (only McVities will do), and not dunked. This is the best comfort food and was used by my mum and now by myself to solve all manner of problems.
All the best, Ruthie
|Nicey replies: Possibly crossed some sort of line here between the particular and the quite scary.