The summer heat has finally gotten to a number of people. One friend literally wilted in the heat while waiting for the bus, the victim of dehydration. Another friend has been suffering from serious nosebleeds and has taken to strapping an ice pack to the back of her head when she goes to work. A colleague’s blood pressure soared to astronomical heights and had to be taken to a hospital ASAP. Eep.
Me, I ended up with a bad case of dizziness that literally floored me Thursday last week and ended up feeling poorly a few days ago when the trains broke down and everyone spilled onto the streets to grab buses home. It has, as far as I know, been the worst summer ever. (Thank goodness, though, that the rains began to pour last night…)
Lucky for me, I decided to beat the heat and the blues with a two-edged sword - Tim Tams; more specifically frozen Tim Tams.
Arnott’s recently put out an Asia-specific version of these popular Aussie biscuits which are best served chilled in the fridge prior to consumption. They are, unfortunately, not as good as the proper shipped-from-Down-Under kind as the chocolate is compound and rather waxy. But, in a pinch as obvious as this, they’ll do - just.
In my personal opinion, these are better frozen rather than just refrigerated. They taste better that way, the cold minimizes the waxiness of the compound choc, and the biscuits are slightly crunchier. The Antipodean, who is currently spending a week or so home in NSW, is of the opinion that I should try freezing real Tim Tams next time; it’s what he does in the summer – and, yes: it is substantially better.
He also noted through the screen that I was munching the Tim Tams along with an iced coffee (again, alas, instant; but what the hell…).
“When you get your hands on a packet of real Tim Tams, babe,” he said, “I’ll teach you the Tim Tam Slam.”
“Promise?” I asked as I munched through the third cookie in the tub.
“Well, kid, you got yourself a deal…”
(But, no: there is no way in hell that you’ll get either of us to try those vile cheese-flavored Tim Tams that are currently the rage in Indonesia. We have our standards, you know!)