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I'm delighted to see from Glyn's email that I'm not alone in my dunking habit. Putting butter in tea is part of Tibet's cultural legacy to the world and should be embraced by us Westerners.
In fact I'm happy to dunk anything that I could eat with a cup of tea. Victoria sponge cake is a particular favourite, but needs a bit of hand-eye coordination and a fast mug-to-mouth return.
Yours with soggy crumbs all over the table, Lin.
|Nicey replies: Yak's milk butter at that. Some friends of ours about ten years ago walked to the base camp at K2. They camped each night in their state of the art tent and sleeping bags, after a nutritionally balanced re-hydrated meal. Meanwhile their Nepalese guides fashioned a shelter from a few rocks a sheet and stick and brewed up tea with lumps of melted yak butter in it.|
Morning Coffee Review
Thoroughly enjoy the site. I have spent many an hour at work secretly reading through the pages and feel that my knowledge of the biscuit world has greatly increased.
What I can find very little discussion on, however, is the therapeutic qualities of the humble biscuit. Indeed in these days when hard drugs are available on almost every street corner (except for the one outside our local village post office), the far less dangerous and illegal qualities of small baked treats are often ignored. I myself find the sugary qualities of a custard cream (strangely the cheaper the brand the better) to be most uplifting in times of depression. When feeling unwell but struggling into work anyway (as only us men can do) I find the power of a penguin alongside my PG tips 'One Cup' helps the day speed along nicely. When tucked up in bed, snuffling with man-flu, nothing can beat the healing powers of a 'Nice' (except maybe a slice of marmite on toast brought up to you on a little plate and cut up into triangles). On the flip side when feeling 'over-happy' a single Rich Tea can bring you straight back down to earth.
What I would like to know is does anyone else have any 'little favourites' that they rely on in times of need ?
None of these little 'treatments' will lead to a stay in The Priory, nor will they give you a nose like Daniella Westbrook. Eastern cultures have their own mystical remedies and potions. What I say is do us Brits have to look any further than the snacks aisle of Asda to find our own home-grown equivalents.
Keep on munching !
P.S. My own version of wifey would like to know whats going on with 'Morning Coffees' these days. They are the closest thing to a treat that her latest fad diet will allow and none of our local supermarkets seem to stock them anymore ? Have they gone AWOL or is the a shortage hitting the Lancashire area ?
|Nicey replies: There are some people who imagine that Arrowroot biscuits are some kind of aid to wobbly tum, but I think you are probably referring to the ability of a biscuit or two and a cuppa to set you right. In which case we tend to go about that all the time.
Yes there does seem to be a nation wide Morning Coffee crisis, which I have been assuming is related to on going problems at the United Biscuits plant in Carlisle since the flooding at new year.
||Dear Nicey and the wife,|
Having looked through your feedback, I notice that there are many items relating to various cakes and biscuits but very little correspondence on the subject of toast.
I imagine that for most people, the phrase "A nice cup of tea and a sit down" evokes an image of afternoon tea. This is perfectly understandable as the 3 o'clock cuppa or a freshly brewed pot on arriving home after work are the most anticipated and well deserved breaks in the average day. On these occasions, a biscuit or a nice piece of cake is exactly the right accompaniment.
There are, however, other tea drinking opportunities, particularly breakfast and supper time, when a slice of toast is more appealing. As a child, one of my favourite culinary treats was hot, buttered toast with a sprinkling of sugar. The toast has to be hot to allow the sugar to melt into the butter. Nowadays, I enjoy toast with butter or marmalade for breakfast. Speciality jams are also provided for the younger members of the household.
For supper, I will occasionally top my toast with peanut butter or something more exotic such as cheese (with a dash of Lea & Perrin's), pilchards, plum tomatoes or mushrooms with cream.
Perhaps you could provide a survey on the best "toast topper", including butter, jam, marmalade, peanut butter, marmite (yuck!), mashed banana etc.
As you can see from this short list of options, toast is extremely versatile and should note be ignored.
p.s. Possibe new icon alert.
|Nicey replies: Kieth,
Our mate Nick Parker wrote a splendid book on toast, he also ran the London marathon last Sunday.
Of course Toast falls within the gamut of tea and sitting down activity. Wifey likes tea before, during and after Toast in the morning. Wifey sticks rigidly to Marmite or cheese. I like Bovril, Marmalade, sometimes a spot of jam occasionally Peanut Butter with sweet pickle or fresh ground black pepper. A spot of Heinz Tomato Ketchup is very good also. The whole team enjoys Sardines on toast and we feel strongly that more people should eat Sardines on toast.
I'll try a sweet toppings poll first, but I think I know the outcome already.
Big Woos for the icon fest nature of this message
||CAN I HAVE A NICE CUP OF TEA AND A BANANA PLEASE NICEY? JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I WOULDN'T BE BREAKING ANY RULES.|
|Nicey replies: Of course, as you're pregnant you have a license to eat anything at any time and I'm sure biscuits will get a look in at some point.
When the Wife was pregnant with younger member of staff No 1, she had a big Spinach craving, and I was sent to get the only Spinach growing in the garden, a gnarly looking specimen which randomly had appeared from some compost placed under the privet bushes in the front garden. This was boiled up and she had it on toast, Hoorah!