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Dad's Cookies Review
|Playbox cookies - ah they were such a favorite - weren't our tastebuds simple! sometimes I would carefully lick at the inpenetrable icing for awhile to slowly remove the design.... yes, back before video games.... Someone could make a small fortune bringing back this classic..... oh, perhaps I shouldn't have said that.....|
Dads cookies - I was flying from California to Toronto, Canada in 1985... five hours in the air and a lovely older lady sitting beside me to chat with. She brought out her knitting (back before knitting needles were a threat to our safety!) and shared a few "how to knit" lessons with me inflight... even letting me work on the lovely piece she was making.... and we chatted. It turned out she was the "Mom" so to speak of the "Dad" whose recipe it was for the hallowed cookie.... Me, sitting with such a celebrity... but I had to ask "The cookies just don't taste the same as they did when I was a child.. do they?".
She smiled and responded "When my husband sold the recipe (in his retirement years) it gave the company full right to change the recipe in any way they wished....." and she was surprised and praised my discerning tastebuds....
That's my story - and I'm sticking to it. It was lovely to chat and share a cup of tea with you.
|Nicey replies: Thanks for sharing that brush with biscuit celebrities with us.|
Khong Guan creamy chocolate biscuits Review
I agree with your assessment of the Khong Guan chocolate biscuits - their chocolatiness is dubious, to say the least. Having made the mistake of buying them at a Chinese supermarket here, however, I summoned the courage to try some other Khong Guan products, generally with more satisfactory results:
KG Banana Cream - despite the artificiality of the flavouring and some questionable additives for colour (turmeric?!), really tasty
KG Custard Creams - good custard flavour, but filling is possibly either too generous or not the right consistency, as it tends to escape at the sides and stick to one's fingers
KG Orange Creams - as with the banana, the flavouring is decidedly artificial (really more orange *fragrance* than anything else) yet strangely addictive.
KG Sultana Biscuits - unfortunately many of these had shattered during shipping and they really need more sultanas in them, but it's as close as we'll get to Garibaldis here.
Hope this is useful to someone.
|Nicey replies: Thanks Larry,
I think the basic nub of what you are saying is that we managed to try the really grotty ones.
I stumbled across your website today, and while at first, I really couldn't be bothered looking, I felt this urge of curiosity creep in and thought, oh what the hell, whatís the worst that could happen? I actually quite liked your site, refreshingly amusing and fun to read after a mind bogglingly boring and repetitive day at my desk in work.
I particularly liked your statement to spelling geeks!
As to your tea policy, tad disappointed, tea experts you might be, but please please please, milk first, THEN tea (show some dedication to the cause and pour the water onto a RAISED tea bag (and your fingers while holding the tea bag aloft) or better still, just use leaf tea in a pot and strain it into a cup with milk already in it! Ceramic, before you ask. Canadians have a thing for using tin tea pots - philistines! ;-)
Ok, not I am sounding like a geek (a mad tea geek, I canít spell for toffee!).
All fun aside, I really liked clicking through your website, it was written with great humor Ė thank you
Good work, and keep it up!
|Nicey replies: Fighting our corner I think pouring water over a tea bag to rinse the tea from it is definitely errant and slightly dangerous behaviour as tea needs steeping not washing.
Other than that ideological difference we seem to be on good terms and thanks for dropping by.
||Dear Nicey (hi Wifey too)|
Your site is an acknowledged leader in all things dunkable, and I often refer to it when arguing the cake vs biscuit issue with workmates. Now a new one has arisen (issue that is, not workmate).
A Canadian has joined our team and is insisting on calling bisuits 'cookies'. Now we're not dim, we acknowledge that cookie is a valid word, but for a large (c4 inch diameter), soft, chocolate chip type of creation. Not a digestive or Oreo type affair.
Can you help? Are there international guidelines, a sort of biscuit convention or anything? Or is she just wrong?
Yours in anticipation
|Nicey replies: Well we should respect other peoples cultures and traditions just as we would ask them to respect ours. She can certainly carry on calling them cookies as is her cultural heritage. She should however understand that nobody will know what she is going on about, as they are called biscuits here, and that she will run the very real risk of being left out of sharing the really good biscuits if she can't call them by the correct name.
Our next door neighbour is Canadian and he frequently makes the effort to call biscuits biscuits. (Woo I just wrote biscuits twice!)
Dad's Cookies Review
|hi! Bought your book and love it, though I'm Canadian there are so many similar cookies between Canada and England (thank you Peek Frean!). FYI, Dad's Cookies can be shipped to the UK via canadaonly.ca. I was looking for the Dad's chocolate chip in a white dough, which are hard to find in Canada now, though the oatmeal are still easy to find. |
My personal madeleine are those gorgeous Playbox(?) cookies I had when I was little, but no one seems to remember: square, coverered in hard, coloured, thick icing with a picture stencilled on (clock, etc.). Tasted divine!! Were they Engish or Canadian? Thought they were Peek Frean (strange, the Peek Frean brand name is still used in Canada but not in UK).
|Nicey replies: We certainly remember the late Playbox biscuit, which other NCOTAASD readers mention frequently too, and have an entry in our Paleolithic Biscuits section which has a nice picture of a Playbox tin.
Peek Frean in Canada was a conseqence of the thriving export business in British biscuits to the now commonwealth nations in the early part of the 20th century. Peek Frean based in Bermondsey South London, built a bakery in 1949 in O'Conner Drive, East York, Toronto, and started supplying 'fresh baked' biscuits into the local Canadian market. When Peek Frean, Huntley and Palmer then Jacobs merged to form Associated Biscuits the brand began to take a bit of a back seat in the UK as iconic products from all three jostled for attention. However in Canada which lacked this sibling rivalry Peek Frean continued to be the recognised brand. Take overs by Nabisco, then Danone kept the names both here in the UK and in Canada. The last set take overs saw Danone selling Peek Freans Canada back to the Kraft Group who owns Nabisco too.