• 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.

Worthy of Devotion

cookie boxMallomars.

They are cookies as special and delicious as their lyrical name implies.  The name rolls over the tongue like a twirling dancer.

I seldom have cookies in the house or studio, but October creates a visceral need for me to go out and buy these.  Regional to the New York metropolitan area, Mallomars are seasonal delicacies seldom available elsewhere.  They are one of the great things about the coming winter.  Only available from October to April, popular cookie lore says the chocolate melted during shipping in the warm weather, but most believe it’s a brilliant marketing ploy to keep our addicted cravings high throughout the summer months.

My Mallomar devotion is an experience similar to cookies only baked for certain holidays—they are wound up in my memories of childhood.  Sadly the packaging has changed.  No longer wrapped in yellow cellophane with a bakery style box, Mallomars still earn my loyalty. Eighteen to a box, these confections of graham cracker, marshmallow and chocolate bring sun to the grey winter weather–a cold season treat with a cult following.

So what’s all the fuss about?  The bowler shaped cookie appeals to so many senses that eating just one is impossible.  Hard core devotees, including myself when I was younger, have been known to hoard boxes beyond their disappearance in the spring.  There are numerous discussions devoted to the proper way to consume a Mallomar—the combined bite or the deconstructed bite?  Me, I’m a combined biter—limiting the experience to three cookies at a time, not sharing and carefully closing the box until the next time.  Yum, before I know it spring will be around the corner and I’ll have to wait again.

Susan Cohan

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6 Responses

  1. Oh what i wouldn’t give for a box or 6 of those right now. Sounds a bit like our Tunnock’s Tea Cakes only better.

  2. they really do sound like Tunnocks only more so…my problem is with marshmallow…I love it, but in small doses. 18 to a box sounds like a challenge, unless there’s someone out there who wants to go halfers?

  3. They even look like Tunnocks – but no jam 😦
    We loves a bit of jam in our Tea Cake!

    Only 18 in a box?? Halfers?? You must be joking, they’re not Tunnock’s they’re mine!

  4. Oooo, ive never seen yr selfish side before

  5. Tunnocks is Tunnocks is green eyed monster slobbering all over the chocolate.
    Mwahahaha, they’re mine, all MINE!

  6. I’ll go halfers on Mallomars Mark, sharing = twice the joy.
    I forgot Tunnocks had jam, it’s been far too long….

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