• 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.

Educational Biscuits

As children we learn pretty quickly what’s good to snack on, such as biscuits, chocolate bars and crisps and what we get made to eat during a sit down meal, such as greens, salad, some kind of meat and probably potatoes.

One thing I loved when I was a kid was to step away from the traditional snack and traditional meal and have something in-between. Spaghetti Letters were always a good start. They tasted great; you get runny orange tomato sauce, a couple of pieces of toast and lots of edible letters to spell stuff out with. Generally names and the odd funny word here and there were devoured when a can of Spaghetti Letters were opened. You had to eat them pretty quickly though, because cold Spaghetti Letters and soggy toast just don’t taste the same.

Alphabet Biscuits from Bahlsen would have made a great snack pudding. First you get to spell stuff out and eat it in Spaghetti and then you get to do it all over again with biscuits. Endless hours were spent playing on my Commodore 64, or with Stars Wars and Action Force figures, Lego, Cowboys and Indians, and Cops and Robbers, but it would have been fun to have had a break every now and then to munch down some Alphabet Biscuits and spell out some words.

I know it sounds pretty square, but after hours of brain melting “What’s behind the round window?” or wishing Zippy would shut the hell up, proper play followed by light learning of the alphabet and how words were formed may of helped build more confidence at an early age for spelling and perhaps I wouldn’t be so reliant on Spell Check nowadays. These biscuits may appear dry on the first crunchy bite, but they suddenly have a sweet cocoa hit that just makes your mouth begin to water and you just want to eat more and more. So much so that the 120g bag of biscuits didn’t last very long and not many words were spelt out, but looking at the empty bag I did feel like a right P I G.

Spectre from http://www.foodstufffinds.co.uk/

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5 Responses

  1. They look good. I love anything Bahlsen though. 🙂

  2. We had to make do with chocolate fingers.
    It’s not the same when all you can spell is, IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

  3. I’d probably eat the spaghetti too quick to spell anything out as well!

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