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    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.
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    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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    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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Sorority House Taste Test – Grand Finale

Less serious about biscuits

If you have been keeping up with the gripping story of biscuit tasting at the lodging establishment of a recent Meet At Malvern, first, a deep curtsy for doing so, thanks! It began with three intrepid tasters sampling the goodies provided by this very blog for our enjoyment, thanks again! After a rocky start, more tasters seated themselves at the table, ready to offer opinions in exchange for getting to eat the test subjects. The attractive blonde on the left side of the table wearing the scarf was strictly there for eye candy, she did not taste. Here is what the newcomers had to say about the two brands:

Jaffa Cakes

L-Cakey, (spelling by phonetics) jammy (same SBP) not marmalade, considered a plus

R-As biscuits go, one of the best (Ah a British taster steps up!)

D-Sponge with really bad orange, I have issues with Jaffa, rubbish, wrong, not a biscuit

Dark Chocolate Hobnobs by McVities

L-Quite dry, needs to dip

R-Oaty granola goodness (This is a ringer for the blog, methinks!)

D-Fine without dark chocolate, great

And now for a personal note….

The contents of several of the packages available were nibbled in the utmost effort to find the true meaning of British, or European biscuitry. We went into this with an open mind, and we were hungry at the time, a big help in determining goodness. There was one true winner for this writer, it tasted delicious, leaving us wanting more when the packet was empty.

According to experts, this is not a premium brand, but rather a store brand, Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference All Butter Stem Ginger And Oatflake ….what’s this? Cookies???? Nonetheless, the buttery, crispy texture and ginger flavor was like heavenly manna to the innocents abroad.

The Orange. Frances Garrison

2 Responses

  1. I need to add that the Commisar also provided a version of the winning biscuit completely covered in Belgian chocolate which I thought was a shoe-in for the prize, but our cousins across the pond thought the chocolate disguised the buttery taste and so was deemed to be a poor second.

    At the showground, the Bahlsen Choco Liebnitz was a clear winner and thus wasn’t able to make it to the Sorority House as not even a crumb remained for evaluation purposes.

  2. At the blogger’s meet tent VP gave me one of those stem ginger biccies – delicious!!

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