In Marcel Proust’s novel In Search of Lost Time, one of the childhood memories sets in while the author is eating a madeleine dunked in hot tea. Let’s all make a cup of tea, grab our favorite biscuit and make it our daily ritual.
The English afternoon tea tradition began in London, at The Langham Hotel in 1865. The legend says that the 7th Duchess of Bedford experienced a sinking feeling in the middle of one afternoon and asked for tea with some bread and butter to be delivered to her private room. She enjoyed this ritual so much that she started inviting friends to join her for Afternoon Tea. The ritual also included sandwiches, muffins, cakes, and biscuits. Nowadays, tea and biscuits are a way of life, and British people have even had an idea to give every person flying into Britain a free cup of tea and a biscuit. You wouldn’t refuse that at the airport, would you?
Milk and biscuits? Yes, please.
But how do we stop Oreos from crumbling and falling apart when dipped in milk? There are many wrong ways to eat Oreo cookies with milk and only one right way, say the experts.
You need to take a fork, stick it in the white part of the Oreo and problem solved. Dunking your cookie in a cold glass of milk is one of the most popular food pairings. Trying to find a good cookie pairing is a challenge. Milk goes great with classic chocolate biscuits such as Rondelini, Lunette, or Haeberlein Metzger, but it just doesn’t really seem suitable for biscuits that contain lemon and lime, or poppy seeds.
Like them with your coffee?
Most people can’t imagine their mornings without a cup of coffee, and many like to enjoy this hot beverage with a biscuit. Why not? In movies, you often see people eating donuts or bagels with coffee, but we believe nothing beats a good old biscuit dunked in a hot black beverage. Upgrade your breakfast with biscuits such as Caramel Biscuit, or HobNobs. Breakfast Biscuits are becoming more and more popular and they are a great way to eat chocolate early in the morning. For your afternoon coffee breaks, be bold – take a few delicious Perle Noire Intense biscuits or Honey Heart.
Christmas – not a holiday without gingerbread men
Every year on Christmas, people leave cookies and milk for Santa Claus. This is an old United States tradition we very much approve of. And if Santa can’t eat them all – we get to enjoy them the next morning. Ancient cooks prepared sweet baked goods to mark significant occasions. Christmas cookies, as we know them today, trace their roots to Medieval European recipes. German lebkuchen (gingerbread) was probably the first cookie traditionally associated with Christmas. So, when we think of Christmas, we think of gingerbread cookies. Ginger is its main ingredient, but instead of just sugar, it also contains molasses and honey. In America, the 21st of November is marked as the National Gingerbread Day.
For more fun Gingerbread fact, click here.