• 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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  • 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 Four)

The final stop on our tour is Australia. Here you can find several biscuits, but the crowning glory is the Tim Tam. On first taste, this chocolate-covered sandwich biscuit seems nice yet dull. The biscuit is a bit like cardboard, and the similar Penguin is far superior in this respect. But wait, there is a special trick to eating this biscuit, and it involves dunking in hot tea (the Tim Tam, that is!).

Place the Tim Tam horizontally. Bite a corner from end, on the diagonal, for greatest tea imbibement (not a real word, but it should be).  Place the bitten corner delicately in the top portion of a hot cup of tea, and suck through the other bitten end. As soon as the tea is felt on the tongue, whip the Tim Tam out of the mug and ingest before it falls apart. It is truly orgasmic, as one pop starlet once described the experience.

I can barely imagine the sheer ecstasy a dunked Tim Tam would have given a starving spice trader, back in the 1600’s. We truly live in a very fortunate, blissful point in history.

Rob Stacewicz

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4 Responses

  1. Natalie Imbruglia teaches how to do a Tim Tam Slam;

  2. No bad.
    But I would have preferred Kylie.

  3. With or without kitten?

    Rob, I feel my education hasbeen lacking somewhat up to this point in time!

  4. Clive Owen would have done a better job.

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