• 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.

Would You Like A Drink With That Biscuit ?

DSC05321Today was a glorious day, not a weekend day yet I was treated to a trip to the local cafe and bought a coffee. It was somewhat of a celebration for my husband and me but I won’t blow my own trumpet or indeed bore you by telling you the reason (i). Anywho, I had a lovely coffee as usual but a different Biscuit, one I had never tried before, one I had never seen nor heard of before….a ‘chocolate-espresso-shortbread biscuit’. They were bought because they were made locally and we like to support that, but also, they were 40p for a little bag of 5 and had been placed very strategically at eye level.

I was and am still slightly miffed by this biscuit, though I have provided a photo to show that it was not frightening to look at. Oh it tasted nice don’t get me wrong, we still have 2 in the kitchen for later and will eat them merrily. My problem came in that the said article was both a biscuit AND a drink at the same time. I mean there I was ‘eating’ an espresso, not dunking my biscuit into one but instead leaving my coffee to cool at one side, teaspoon in the mug to help the process along. Yet still having coffee, I shudder.

Andrew (my hubby) did dunk a bit of his and nothing terrible occurred to him (ii) but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. He didn’t seem blown away by the experience either though, he could neither taste the espresso or the chocolate and just got a burny mouth instead.  I would like to know what the specialist biscuity personnel of this most exceptional of blogs think about this issue. Should we mix our biscuits and drinks before we even take them out of their packaging? Is dunking acceptable in public when sitting down and using cups and saucers? Is 40p too cheap for 5 biscuits in a cafe?

(i) We had just got our photos taken for winning Best Kept Allotment 2009.

(ii) I fear the chaos theory may apply here; did he inadvertently cause an earthquake or something half way round the world by his carefree actions?

Carrie Gault

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6 Responses

  1. Sounds to me like the creator of this chimera has also experienced the problem of whether to dunk in public. The solution would appear to be this pre-dunked and dried biscuit that simply needs rehydrating by holding it over the steam of the espresso without the need for any further dunkage.
    I would applaud this scientific breakthrough were it not for the simple fact that it is clearly an abomination.
    You Husband is very brave in subjecting this monstrosity to a submerging and is probably, albeit inadvertently, responsible for the repeated failure of the large Hadron Collider.

    On the plus side,40p for 5 sounds like a bargain.

  2. Yes, oh wise one, with time to mull it over I do think I ate some sort of frankenstein like adomination, though I seem to have had no lasting side effects.
    The Hadron Collider on the other hand is trying to make a bloody black hole so maybe my hubby, inadvertently saved the planet!

  3. Peopel are mad. Why would you want something the same flavour as the thing yr having it with? Like raspberry sauce with raspberry ice cream, whats the point?

  4. I believe this may be the slippery slope of a decline towards entire meals being encapsulated in a biscuit for easy transportation and quick consumption purposes as our society descends into the slough of despond and…

    …Cont on Page 2 column 3

    • This is excellent news.. The brand new shiny future promised us by childhood episodes of The Jetsons and other cutting edge science fiction has arrived. Soon all our food will be in pill or biscuit form. Three course gourmet dining will come in foil wrapped parcels.Cookery (and in particular Ainsley Harriot and Gary Rhodes) will be a forgotten skill. We should all be thrilled.

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