• 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.

Where Do You Keep Your Stash?

There has been a constant niggle at the back of my mind whilst reading the many & varied contributions to this most erudite of blogs. On those, possibly rare occasions when you don’t stuff the whole packet of biscuits down your gob in one session, how do you keep the rest in as near perfect condition as possible until you are tempted to scoff the rest ? Indeed you may keep some biscuits for ‘best’; the biscuit equivalent of the front parlour. Just how do you do it?

This is always a particular issue during Christmas festivities when one can so easily be tempted by the special large packs of different biscuit assortments. Well, Mr B is anyway & even the greediest of us surely cannot consume the whole of one of those? So, they have to be kept. As I pass numerous of those storage facilities, big, yellow & other varieties, whilst driving round the wilds of SW London I am reminded constantly of this most pressing problem. It even occurred to me that it may even be that there are some of those storage rooms filled with someone’s favourite biscuits!

So, what are the alternatives: the biscuit tin which will sometimes have specially designed ‘bits’ to help keep the contents fresh; the biscuit barrel which I think is just a posh name for a tin; a plastic box which may range from an old ice-cream container to the high-flying super-sealed any-size available type of box. Your biccies might just get shoved in a plastic bag or even stuck in a drawer opened & with no special care & attention. Some packets may find their way into the fridge if they have chocolate on them.

Personally I would like to speak up for the humble Klippet as the most worthy biscuit storage accompaniment. You take a few biscuits out of the packet & provided you haven’t ripped the wrapping in your ravenous attempts to get to the contents as speedily as possible, a klippet seals the end quickly & easily. No need to find room for large receptacles of any other type & a quick release mechanism allows for an almost immediate access when required. In posh company the biscuits can just be easily decanted onto your best china plates. Easy, cheap, practical, what more do you want.

The Apparently Mysterious Ms.B

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2 Responses

  1. You’re dead posh Ms B – NAH absolutely refuses to invest in Klippets and uses clothes pegs instead. It’s become a point of principle between him and my BIL who does use Klippets!

  2. Reading that I had a little nostalgic pan for my mother’s biscuit boxes. She has various shapes and sizes but the one I remember most is the oblong tin just the right size for Jacob’s cream crackers or a pack of digestive biscuits.

    On the rare occasion we have biscuits in the house (we don’t have biscuits because I will eat them) I try and remember to klippet the pack closed before chucking them back in the cupboard. All to often a certain ‘lazy trollopness’ comes over me and the pack is left open so by the time they are rediscovered they are softened and stale.

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