• 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.

Fly Me To The Macaroon

Macaroo..oo..oons Macaroons! (to be sung to the tune of Gary Glitter’s ‘Rock and Roll’ great song.. shame about GG..)
So there we were in Paris in need of a coffee and sit down when where should we find ourselves outside but Ladurée’s – probably the Best Macaroon shop in the world ever!


Knowing that ‘Encounter’s with Remarkable Biscuits’ blog would stand us the extortionate price of the coffee in return for the scoop, we pushed past the queuing throng in the shop into their café.  Normally I ask before taking photos but I knew they wouldn’t like it so like the intrepid Sock that I am, I sneaked a quick one in when returning from the upstairs cloakroom


The man with the arrow pointing at his head was not a happy bunny and I got a right old telling off! After I had explained I was the award winning 100% cashmere Sock he stopped frothing at the mouth and calmed down a bit.

I took a picture of a happier bunny in the window


and some boxes of their  marvellous melt-in-the-mouth macaroons.

If they ban you from Ladurée you can always go up the road to Fauchon and buy some of theirs

Arabella Sock

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4 Responses

  1. I am reading a delightful book “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” by Muriel Barberry about a concierge in a grand Parisian apartment building who is not quite what she seems.
    In the book there is a description of an afternoon tea party given by one of the residents from Paris’ highest echelons of society

    “The tea party was perfect. Maman did things just as one should: she used the tea service that Mamie had given her, gold leaf and butterflies and roses; she offered macaroons from Ladurée…”

    It has to be said the macaroons are rather splendid and are a different entity entirely from the dried out cardboardy ones we seem to get in the UK.

  2. Am off to that fair country soon, and you can bechaw bottom dollar I’ll be getting myself macarooned right up.

  3. Oh macaroons havent had those for a while, will add to shopping list with hot crosss buns and easter eggs

  4. Crap book, cracking macaroons!

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