• The Tenuous Purpose

    This Blog is built - not, as some might expect, on a flimsy whim but on a strong and single minded principle.

    That principle concerns Biscuits and their position in the world.

    We are really very keen on biscuits.
    As are many of you out there.
    We think.

    We wish to create an archive of Arrowroot, a backlog of Bourbons and a catalogue of Chocolate Fingers. Anybody can contribute an entry - or dispute somebody else's - provided they are not dull.
    Even Americans who perhaps don't really have the heritage of biscuitry that we are fortunate to have here.

    Or maybe they do and we are unaware of the full glory of the cookie.

    We realise that this whole subject is admirably and concisely dealt with by that excellent and unbeatable website A Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down. Our feeble efforts will be as the kicking of a gadfly in the face of their wisdom and experience but we hope that we may have a small contribution to make.

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    James Alexander-Sinclair of Blackpitts
    Gardener, Blogger, Journalist, Lecturer etc, etc. Much of his life is spent loafing around other people’s gardens issuing directives and generally cluttering up the place. However, like the great Mr Kipling, he does (occasionally) make exceptionally good gardens. (Although even Mr Kipling messed up a bit with the Carrot and Walnut Mini Classics.)

    Mark Diacono of Otter Farm
    He does sterling work growing many inappropriate plants in Devon. He dedicates a great deal of time and effort nurturing a plethora of plants that are (mostly) totally unsuited to our climate. His is a life of such extreme eccentric dedication that to start a Blog about Biscuits seems perfectly normal. He treads gently in the footsteps of people like the great William Buckland,a professor of Geology who claimed that he could tell location by tasting the local topsoil.

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Sugary Ring of Fire

Biscuit  632I have a problem with biscuits.  It’s not that I don’t like them it’s to do with the amount I consume in a sitting which often leaves me feeling sick and not wanting any of that particular variety for some time.  I have ODd on most biscuit types at some point in my life, the only one that is impossible to tire of is of course the McVitie’s chocolate digestive.  It didn’t happen so much when I built my own gardens, the exercise burnt off excess, but these days the sedentary lifestyle as a designer means that there is a price to pay for gluttony.

But to celebrate the birth of the biscuit blog I recently bought a packet of Fox’s party rings.  I haven’t eaten them since I was about six years old but remember  the taste being slightly synthetic which is weird for someone weaned on Angel Delight, sherbet-filled flying saucers and Smash.

There are twenty biscuits in a packet of Fox’s Party Rings and I showed remarkable restraint by eating only eleven (and giving two away) before visiting the osteopath this morning for a prolapsed disc.  On returning, two (unremarkable but synchronous) things came to mind: a) that the biscuits are somewhat similar in form to said prolapsed disc and b), how the form managed to creep into my subconscious and onto my drawing board this afternoon.  Whether or not the biscuit inspired sketches will get further than the concept stage remains to be seen but I will remind the potentially unimpressed client to be grateful that I wasn’t eating gingerbread men.

Cleve West

10 Responses

  1. Cleve – there would seem to be a consistency to your design ideas c.f. http://twitpic.com/d0itp
    or can you be guilty of self-plagiarism ?

  2. While merely gazing at your pic of those frightfully revolting looking biccies I felt holes appearing in my teeth. Thanks! No, really!

  3. So nice to see someone who still draws – doubt the result would have been the same if you had been using CAD.

    Perhaps it was some form of confectionery that inspired Dairmud Gavin’s Chelsea Gardens?

  4. These are closely related, both in colour and potential dental devastation, to the Playbox biscuit.
    Which is a whole new seam of 1960s biscuitry that needs exploration….

  5. I used to like those – a real treat at a birthday party. Unlike Iced Gems, which merely perforated your mouth with their sucrose spikes.

  6. Party rings – gross! An embarassment to the biscuit world.

  7. I remember liking them as a child, but I probably wouldn’t have them again, even for nostalgic reasons.

    I remember being impressed circa 1990, that the expiry was marked as “AUG 2018”. There’s a lot to be said about the economic importance of such products…

  8. Perhaps, given its influence on the design process, we could set up a ThinkingBiscuits Group to encourage and develop a broader, more enquiring attitude to biscuits?. This will encompass the aesthetic of biscuits, the philosophy of biscuits, and what biscuits mean or can offer.

  9. Party rings are a fashion/ design disaster think childrens party and the hell that goes with them…

  10. Sorry I forgot to ask: do they glow in the dark?

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