• 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.

  • Biscuit Encounters on Twitter

  • The Synod of Biscuitry

    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.

Around The World In 80 Biscuits (Part Two)

Back to the modern day, biscuits and their availability generally disappear at the borders of Europe and the wider world. It is here that the truly pan-continental quest begins. Where does one find a good biscuit?

We will start with the Americas. First off, North America. Whatever you do, don’t ask for a biscuit in America, as you will be served with a savoury-style scone. It has been covered already, but this is about as far as it gets from your common or household Custard Cream. You might ask for an Oreo, which is perhaps the North American equivalent of the Custard Cream, but with a funny taste. If you like the taste of charcoal, you will love Oreos. The rest of North America is dedicated to “cookies” (a biscuit alternative), and so we will continue on our journey.

I have had the recent pleasure of tasting a ‘Samba’ from Venezuela. Very much a chocolate-covered, peanut filled wafer, but very good. This leads me to think that the rest of South America may yield some exciting prospects. Please, if any readers know of a good South American biscuit, please comment or send samples or pay for my flights over and accommodation.

To Be Continued……

Robert Stacewicz

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5 Responses

  1. Can’t say I’ve ever noticed the charcoal taste of Oreos.

    In fact, the only thing I know about Oreos is an unfortunate side effect that I’m too polite to talk about but which has resulted in me not knowingly eating them any more.

    ahem… moving on.

  2. I spent quite a long time in South America and I can honestly say that I cannot remember a single interesting biscuit. There were interesting and exotic cigarettes but not biscuits.
    Mind you for much of the time I had so little money that I lived off bananas, rice and slightly old bread. Even a Rich Tea would have been an unimaginable luxury.

  3. Mr Uku: Never forget that an unfortunate side effect for some can sometimes be interpreted as a medical breakthrough for others.
    The Nobel Prize for Medicine 2010 beckons….

  4. I completely agree about the charcoal taste of the cookie part of an oreo. The thing to do is lick off the icing, so that is what you Brits call custard cream? , then use the cookie as a hockey puck.

  5. I imagine pregnant women with cravings for charcoal would derive some satisfaction from an Oreo cookie.

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