• 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 Three)

MangoAfter voyaging across the biscuit-less Atlantic, our tour finds itself in Africa. South Africa is a country fairly rich in biscuit history, mainly thanks to past connections with Europe. Fans of Farley’s Rusks, might be a bit too embarrassed to go to a shop to buy some, as they are really meant for the under-4’s. Ouma Biscuits are very similar a South African speciality, and are rather nice. Fortunately they are marketed solely for the adult consumer. Somewhat uninteresting, Red Label Lemon Cream Biscuits are a rather non-biscuity biscuit. More of a water cracker, with a slightly lemony flavour filling. It could perhaps be considered the poorer cousin of the humble Custard Cream.

On the subject of Custard Creams, has anyone tried any of the flavoured variants? I was quite keen on the coconut, but orange was horrible. Imagine my surprise, when shopping at a supermarket in Mozambique; I came across this packet of mango flavour custard creams! At some £2 GBP ($3.30 USD), they should have been better. Although we were hungry, we ate a few and threw the rest away. As an aside, there were several bottles of cordial in varying fluorescent shades, which looked and tasted, on dilution, like the results of some school chemistry experiment. Yuck. I digress…

To Be Continued….

Robert Stacewicz

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4 Responses

  1. I think that flavoured custard creams may be yet another by product of the colonial era.

  2. …makes me feel a tad bilious just thinking about them

  3. The flavour was so strong that it was almost like eating perfume. Grab the bucket Mr. D!

  4. Oh my goodness, we had those mango creams while we were touring Africa in 2006. They were never as expensive as £2 a packet. They were very popular with the group — until we came to Namibia and discovered cherry creams… with fizzy bits in the cream.

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