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When we were kids, we spent every Sunday in the summertime at Llangennith beach on the Gower (South Wales). My mothers idea of a picnic was a whole roast chicken, a pressure cooker of potatoes and veg taken straight off the top of the cooker and put into the boot of the car not to be opened until we were ready to eat and an enormous red thermos full of gravy. This would be eaten in the field above the beach obviously for fear of sand. The adults wouldn't actually venture onto the beach at all in fact. There were always warm hard boiled eggs too and angel cake and pink wafers. We had a little camping gaz stove and a kettle for tea. It would take all afternoon to boil. My Gran (bless her) would sit there on her deck chair all day in her Sunday Best Coat and Chapel hat despite the blistering heat (1976 if you're wondering - we might be the wettest place in Britain now but we did have sun once I'm certain).
Ps just eaten a custard (or iced) slice. Is that soggy cream cracker on the bottom? Could they go in the venn diagram between crackers and cakes? Loved the book.
|Nicey replies: Splendid we now have beans, soup and gravy as Thermos contents, but I'm willing to accept weirder ones, porridge perhaps?
As for the bases of Custard slices I had always assumed that this was puff pastry that had been transformed by the immense humidity and pressure exerted by an inch and a quarter of custard, into a strange slighty glassy substance. Perhaps custard slices are a model of some geological processes such as the laying down of sedimentary rocks, or the earth's lithosphere.
Just read your comments on the PG Tips bags. On the bottom of my current box of four score I notice that PG (Unilever) have trade marked the tetrahedral shape of the bag AND the name Pyramid. Surely they can't have it both ways. To add even more confusion I have just had a nice mug of PG Tips tetrahedral shaped pyramid tea, with a "Hand Baked" Current Shrewsbury biscuit. Surely they mean Hand Made, Oven Baked!? It's all too much for me, it's enough to drive anyone to Happy Shopper square bags and a packet of pink wafers.
|Nicey replies: Sound points there Jim. Baking stuff in your hands would almost certainly lead to very a serious burns injury.
On a similar note things that proclaim themselves to be homemade when they are plainly produced in Industrial proportions always get me wondering. Do they have a vast network of homes in which their products are made, involving an exhaustive series of deliveries of raw materials and collection of the finished goods? Or perhaps somebody actually has to reside at the factory premises in order for it to be a home and therefore be able to produce homemade goods?
||Your bloke off to the Antarctic should take ginger biscuits and nibble them slowly to avoid seasickness. Well they are generally suggested to help avoid morning sickness so they might work. Pregnant women are told to lie in bed whilst partner brings in nice cup of tea and a couple of ginger nuts to start the day off well. Let's face it any day that starts with tea and biscuits in bed can't be all bad can it.|
|Nicey replies: Sound advice Paula, I know the Wife would agree with you on the whole tea/staying in bed thing.|