• 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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    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.

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Witterings On Biscuits

“Witterings on biscuits during the early years ……………my first consistent memory of biscuits is that they always accompanied 10 o’clock or 11o’clocks as the mid-morning cup of whatever was called in our family. (I guess if we wanted anything at 10.30 we just had to wait!) “Da-ad, 10 o’clocks time” would get shouted down the garden. I have no particular memory of particular varieties other than fig rolls (which I still love but rarely buy), but do remember perfecting the ‘look as though you only have 1 when you have actually managed to palm 2’ technique. A very strict household you know!

A little later the savoury, or cheese biscuit entered my young life. We had ‘supper’ in our household, a meal that always finished with cheese & biscuits. They were kept in a plastic Tupperware box with many varieties to choose from. I think my favourite were Macvita – do they still exist? I hated the ’puffy’ ones as they were known in those far off days. The cheese on the biscuit was often accompanied by marmalade. It is a combination I don’t dare try now in case it does not live up to the remembered status of a culinary classic. By this stage my brother no longer attempted to hide his greed but would make a veritable tower of different biscuits to accompany his sliver of cheese. It was always quite a ritual buttering & then placing in the most appropriate order. I have recently noticed that my son may have inherited this slightly annoying ritualistic trait.

Finally on the subject of children & biscuits, my daughter’s name for this comestible when she was much tinier than she is now was ‘babbits’. This always conjures up the vision of the biscuit being nibbled carefully by someone with two very large front teeth & big floppy ears…..”

B (Ms)


6 Responses

  1. Those ‘puffy’ biscuits for cheese – they were absolutely vile weren’t they? A bit like eating compressed loo roll 😦

  2. The Biscuit blog is worth it if only for the excellent employment of underused words. Reading ‘comestible’ is guaranteed to make the day better isnt it?

  3. Haha, I did have to look comestible up to make sure I had got it right. Didn’t want to appear too ignorant!

  4. We also always had cheese and biscuits for supper with a cup of tea. I’m amazed I ever got to sleep. We must have started and ended the day with tea and biscuits and we quite often had them at dinner time too. I only ever remember them being Jacobs cream crackers or Mcvities digestives.

  5. Comestible – I really can’t wait to get the chance to use that one!

    We were not a cheese and biscuit family, again I feel I have had a poor cultural upbringing, cheese was just eaten in large amounts by my father late at night to the disgust of my mother. Golly I remember those puffy ones, they were always in the house as my mother was always on a diet! I had to eat them, god, pity me 😦 I haven’t had one since, can’t even lookk at the damn things.

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