Not the Tim Tam surely…


Say it is isn’t so.   The Sydney Lord Mayor, it seems, has banned Tim Tams in case the chocolate is produced using child labour.  Not only Tim Tams, but also bottled water, fat-rich cakes, dairy desserts and “bad” fish species.  That’s it- no more Sydney Town Council functions for me.

But where to get a good nosh-up at a function these days?  Some ten years ago, in a dual-sector university where I worked, Arnott’s Cream Assorted were loftily derided by higher-ed staff as “TAFE biscuits”.  Nothing but danish pastries and blueberry mini muffins would do. Now we all  pounce avidly upon the Monte Carlo and- even better still- the Kingston with servile gratitude at such bounty.

Mind you, in my day ANY sort of chocolate biscuit was luxury, child labour or not.  I come from good home-cooking stock and can rustle up  chocolate chip biscuits, chocolate brownies, date loaf and my special lemon slice with nary a thought.  In fact, I am becoming increasingly aware, faced with tables of ‘bring a plate’ suppers all bearing their Coles labels, that home cooked biscuits and cakes are becoming quite endangered.

I have breathed Melbourne air for over fifty years and have never yet done a Tim Tam dunk.

At my age, I think it would be rather undignified.

3 responses to “Not the Tim Tam surely…

  1. My partner is the baker in our house. Which reminds me, I must go and get one of her double choc-chip cookies for my supper. But you’re right – not many people bother, which is a shame because the supermarket ones don’t have good ingredients, what with the transfats, flavourings etc.

  2. Ohhh, missed this posting earlier until Andrew (high Riser) pointed it out.
    Def home baked bikkies are much better than store bought stuff filled with gazillions of cheap nasties 😉

  3. Wow, I think that Clover’s trademark choker necklaces have been cutting off the blood supply to her head rendering her hypoxic. As one enmeshed in the cashstrapped NSW health system I am totally gobsmacked that Sydney City Council has enough funds to even think of supplying Tim Tams to events. Publically funded Tim Tams have never been seen in a public hospital in my working lifetime (12 years and counting). In the Good Old Days we used to get Arnott’s Assorted Creams. Of course such luscious bounty has not been seen in years. They were long ago replaced by Arnotts Family Assortment. These too are now sadly extinct and have not been seen in years. Last week someone from the kitchen walked down to the department with 2 arrowroots biscuits wrapped in glad wrap “for the diabetic patient”. Yesterday the kitchen told us that Emergency Patients couldn’t have meals anymore, they could only have sandwiches. And SCC has the luxury of banning Tim Tams….

    I must applaud their stance on appropriate fish however.

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