• 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.

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Will Travel For Biscuits

The lengths, or distance some people will go for a biscuit boggle the mind. This fabulous blog has opened new doorways to the wonderful world of baked goods enjoyed by Europeans, in particular those living in the islands of the United Kingdom. There seems to be much more to the culture of biscuitry there than to the store bought, mass produced counterparts across the pond in the United States, cookies. Curiosity finally got the better of my friend Gail and me. Our tickets are purchased and we will be flying over the big blue body of water to get a taste for ourselves of these fine confections. We hope for a Hobnob, wish for a …. is there one that begins with the letter W? You can fill in the rest of the list, for you know them so much better than we.

As a side trip, we will also be traveling to some sort of fabulous garden type thing in the Malvern Hills. Two innocents abroad is what Gail is calling the journey, intrepid travelers say I, or possibly two innocent broads taking the trip of a lifetime. All for a biscuit. We are ready to take the big bite, are the biscuits ready for us?

The Orange. Frances Garrison


14 Responses

  1. Shall we forget the garden visits then and just go to the local supermarket for you to stock up on biscuits?

  2. Frances, We must try them fresher then World Market~and maybe with tea! I started to say neither of us are cookie crazy, but is that true for you? You like chocolate chip cookies, but~that doesn’t mean you eat them daily. I prefer chocolate and ice cream! But, then I am still thinking cookie=desert! I googled London Bakeries and found several American style bakeries;-) I wonder if their customers are Brits or expat Americans?
    gail PS It’s obvious that I am still digesting this whole cookie phenomena!

    • Surely the biscuits available in the UK will be better than those we taste tested, Gail. They could hardly be worse! I am not a cookie girl either, chocolate, yes. And we must remember to call them biscuits, and pretend we love them, right?

  3. PPS That should read “biscuit phenomena” not cookie…

  4. I think if you’re coming over you should consider investing in a copy of Nice Cup of Tea and a Sit Down to give you some idea about what sort of biscuits you might like to search out…


    The only W that springs to mind is a Wagon Wheel, which isn’t really a biscuit.

  5. Crumbs! And here I was thinking the main reason you were coming was the Malvern show. 😉

  6. It turned out to be quite a bit, rather a bit more than two, Your Royal Commissar. 🙂

  7. I have had the wagon wheels sent from David in Peterborough.
    They sort of remind me of Moon pies of the south. A bit smaller perhaps and not exactly the same but similiar. My favorite
    “biscuit” as you say will always be shortbread!

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