• 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.

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Stop Press**Stop Press** Stop Press**

An urgent message from the ever vigilant The Orange. Michelle Chapman

I’ve just been looking at the Radio Times over lunch and spotted that tonight’s (24th August) The Great British Bake Off (8-9pm on BBC2) has all kinds of biscuitry featured viz:

  • One of the tasks for the 8 remaining contestants is to bake a signature biscuit
  • As the programme was recorded in Scotland, what makes shortbread so Scottish is examined
  • How the digestive biscuit got its name is revealed (it was thought to cure flatulence)
  • And Sir Ranulph Fiennes shows off the world’s most expensive biscuit

Just one of these items would be enough for the biscuit afficionado readers of this blog, so four is an absolute treasure trove.

This is the second programme in a series of 6, so it could be worth watching out for in the coming weeks to see what other biscuit crumbs are featured in the programme. It’s also available on i-player for a few weeks if you miss tonight’s episode and it currently has its own pages on the BBC website:


3 Responses

  1. its a good programme, sorted out my sponge issues last week, who knows what they will sort out this

  2. You have “sponge issues”?
    How intriguing.

  3. A colleague of mine has just been asked to judge at a WI cake/biscuit/Jam competition, so is obsessively watching these progs so that she looks like she knows what she’s doing. She would be the first to admit that she has no clue about what she is doing, so will be copying Mary Berry’s every move. She’s not a member of the WI either.

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