• 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.

  • Biscuit Encounters on Twitter

  • 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.

Sorority House Taste Test- Parts One & Two

The results are in! After Traveling For Biscuits to England recently, and tasting the above sampling that was so generously provided by the Commissar and Convenor of EWRB at our temporary place of residence, the Sorority House, a new understanding of British, make that European cookies has been achieved. The selections shown in the image above were swirled, chewed, swallowed and contemplated in order to ascertain a clear winner. There were heated discussions about the findings. Stay tuned for the details as to what was said about which by the participants.

Serious about biscuits

It begins. The official tasting by a few of the Meet At Malvern crew that is. First up is Jaffa Cakes, said to be a favorite of The Head Honcho himself. It might be that HH has entirely different sorts of taste buds than the test subjects for here is what they had to say:

Y-Sickly sweet gunge (unsure of the spelling on this word, but phoentically correct.)

G-Atrocious, rubbery, like stale twinkies. Wrong, similar to toe jam. This removes the excuse of staleness as the problem with a previous taste taste done in the US.

E-Overwhelmingly sweet

Uh oh. Looks like the panel is not amused by these biscuits. Let us try another round, this time Dark Chocolate Hobnobs by McVities:

Y-Sawdust With chocolate

G-No taste after chocolate

E-Couldn’t find the taste, searching for taste (she is so cute!)

The Orange. Frances Garrison

Message From The Commissar:

Please remember that all of the above taste test participants are FOREIGN.

It is a well documented fact that FOREIGN people have seriously DEGRADED taste buds and therefore cannot be trusted.

Everybody knows that Jaffa Cakes are beyond reproach and perform a vital role in the co-alition government. The Foreign Secretary, for example, is a Jaffa Cake (cunningly disguised as William Hague).

I am prepared to allow this sort of dissension once: but only once. Any more of this sort of stuff and I will have to bring in the censors.

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13 Responses

  1. Sing it sister! Those Jaffa cakes were the pitts, the deepest, darkest, blackest pitts. Ewww-worthy yuckiness with bells on. On the other hand the Dutch biccies I so thoughtfully provided went down a treat with all who partook of them, even or do I mean especially, the Commissar himself.

  2. We are very very sorry that your beloved, and governmental Jaffas were so poorly received. I personally did not give them a taste, so am merely the messenger here, but do consider my own taste buds above average.

  3. I have not had these. Apparently it is a good thing? I will ask my friend what he thinks of them. He always says we Americans like things sweeter than Brits. We also must have different tastes as well.

    • Hi Jean, from the taste test, I would steer clear of the Jaffas. But if your friend sends you some, you might as well give them a try. There is no accounting for taste, it seems. 🙂

  4. Well done to the out-of-towners! jaffa Cakes are indeed the devil’s own toe jam.

  5. Jaffa cakes-what is waitng ifor you in heaven, beyond crticism As Orios which just have arrived-better to be used to fill in pot holes

    Jaffa cakes are not ‘European cookies’ but British biscuits

    Thanks Jean for the tip off!

    • Aha, someone to stick up for the poor misrepresented Jaffas. Welcome to the discussion. Just to be clear about taste buds, we have no love for Oreos, finding them like dark stone discs with a nice icing totally wasted inside. Why not just package the icing, we wonder.

  6. Frances this is my friend David who has posted. I knew he would have something to say…

  7. I am told that Jaffa cakes are in the mail. When they arrive I will add my opinion to these. I thought I had heard of and tasted many of the UK’s treats but it seems I have missed this. I shall return.

  8. Jaffa cakes have arrived. Since I like dark chocolate with orange..I like them. The cookie is a bit dry but I am told you must eat them with tea or coffee. I have neither right now. They remind me of a candy of dark chocolate with and orange jelly center.

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