||Recently I had a great need to investigate ‘langue de chat’ biscuits, due to their allegedly superior dunking qualities. My dear friend swears she searches Fulham for these delicacies. Whilst searching for info under your biscuit section, I was surprised to see that biscuits, even for advanced level gourmands, always came in packets. Is that to insulate them in the North? I have a great love of biscuits in tins, and of course they are pretty and reusable tins. The spying of biscuit tins on upper shelves must surely warm the heart of the average advanced biscuit fancier?|
Richard in Shad Thames London
|Nicey replies: I'm doing my utmost to empathise but not really making it. So your basic concern is that posh French biscuits should really be available only in tins? However, I certainly follow your basic premise that biscuit tins are a good thing, and it gives my a good excuse to use our biscuit tin icon.|
Slightly at a tangent but I have been dying to tell someone.
When we first came to France we used to enjoy our biscuits with hot chocolate and were delighted to find our favourite brand was 'Bonky'! Sadly it has disappeared from the shelves long ago. It just seamed very appropriate for a country that makes much of its brandy in a town called Condom!
To make up for the chocolate drinking we have introduced many of our neighbours to the pleasures of tea drinking so I hope we're still on the side of the angels.
||Fig rolls used to frighten me but last week at Carrefour Paris I decided on impulse to add a packet of Boland's of Ireland Fig Rolls to my cart, along with one of Crawford's Garibaldi and McVities Digestive. Yes, English biscuits in France but one do tire of all-butter 'grandmère biscuits eventually. The fig rolls, once we opened and took our first sceptical bite, was enjoyed with great enthusiasm; we had to restrain ourselves from finishing the entire pack at a go but this morning I scoffed the rest. It looks very much like the Jacobs version, maybe it's the same thing. The filling to biscuit ratio is good for me, we're getting some Fugola to compare later.|
|Nicey replies: Bolands are a brand of Jacobs, being like Crawfords to McVities. We had a pack of those several years ago now and were rather stunned / appalled to see whale oil listed as an ingredient.|
Some news you might find interesting. As a boy many years ago I loved the wagon wheels from Burtons.
I now live in Mexico and blow me down if I did not discover a wagon wheel in disguise!
Here they call it the Mamut or (Mammoth in English) and it is produced by a company called Gamesa!
|Nicey replies: I wonder if they ever heard of the Bandit biscuit.
Whilst in France a few weeks ago we gazed upon figures of Mammoths carved into cave walls by Cro Magnon man about 13,000 years ago.
I was somewhat dismayed on reading your Jaffa Judgement article in that I never got to see the Limited Edition McVities Berry Blast Jaffa Cakes which featured a mixture of raspberry and cherry. I live in the channel islands and we are often left out in the cold with regards new things, sometimes taking months before they might filter through to our shores, if indeed we get to see them at all. Seeing as how I'm quite partial to all things raspberry I feel they would have gone down a treat. Does anybody still have some, or does anyone carry sufficient persuasive skills so as to encourage the great McV to re-introduce such marvels?
Keep up the good work.
|Nicey replies: Hello Stefan,
Yes I think Jaffa Cakes have settled back down again. Actually I'm not sure, but the new flavours were certainly around for a few months. They be due a another fiddling about with in another month or two. You can often find Raspberry style Jaffa cakes in Lidl's which emanate from Germany, and certainly their Jaffa cakes are well worth a go. I don't know if that expands your options in any way.
Last year we were close enough to the Channel Islands whilst in Brittany to pick BBC Radio Jersey. We had the great privilege of listening to almost a days phone in devoted to issue of seagulls and what they get up to.