• 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.

But Is It Dunk Worthy?

Is a sentence you will probably never ever hear rolling from my ruby lips as I firmly belong to the school of non-dunk. Not for me the ritual dunking of biscuit or koekje in a cuppa tea or coffee or, even worse, a glass of milk. I prefer my cuppa tea to be fragrant, clear and free from all kinds of flotsam or jetsam, especially the kind that results from dunking. I find soggy crumbs in my tea frightfully unappetizing and the saturated and floppy bit of the dunked biscuit equally revolting. Even worse is the oily film that spreads on the surface of your cuppa tea after dunking anything chocolatey. That bears a rather startling resemblance to an oil spill at sea, with the odd oil covered dead albatross gently bobbing on the waves.

So no, dunking is not for me and I am unanimous in that. But, but, but, dear Yolanda, I hear you stutter, isn’t there anything that you do dunk? Well yes there is gentle stutterer, to my rule of non-dunk there are 2 exceptions. The first exception is made for that delightful Italian Cantuccini koekje that can only be consumed after a long dunk in sweet desert wine. You really need to thoroughly soak those koekjes otherwise they remain hard as the proverbial rock and will probably manage to break a molar or two if you are silly enough to attempt eating them pre-dunk.

The second exception to my non-dunk policy is not a biscuit or koekje but nevertheless, in my esteemed opinion, frightfully and delightfully dunk worthy. I am referring to the bestest of dunks that provides me and doubtless many others with a bit of a strange, but most agreeable, post-modern moment.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen from Bliss

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9 Responses

  1. Erm, the vid is gone so post is clueless and readers too.

  2. Wahoo! Now that was a dunk! 😉

  3. Wasn’t it just? Pity the vid on t’blog doesn’t work. 😦

    BTW the clip is from Lost In Austen, the mini tv series I told you about? It’s an adaptation of sorts of Pride and Prejudice. Worth checking he DVD out!

  4. it is all mended now Yolanda, full viewable is possible….

  5. Not all biccies are dunkworthy and those that are (Digestives) require a quick and stead wrist–you gotta dunk and get out very fast to avoid the goo you’re talking about. I can show you. I’ll be right over, LOL! I also loved Mrs Slocombe. 🙂

  6. Yolanda. You must try the Tim Tam dunk. Forget the tea, there’s no need to drink it afterwards, but you are in for a dunked treat that is just heavenly.

    I wouldn’t dunk any other biscuit.

  7. I would NOT dunk biscuits either, haven’t tried Tim Tam’s but on the whole I like biscuits and such to be crumbly not soggy. But will give Tim Tam’s a dunking good try when I’m next in UK although I’d rather …. *eyes Mr Darcy*

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