• 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.

Sing-a-Long A Biscuit

A link to this Blog was sent to me by the excellent and efficient Helen Johnstone.plain back in August and I lost it. Sorry.

The author, a Mr Ben Griffiths, has – inspired by a camping trip – written biscuit based singalong lyrics to various songs. I reproduce the first part of his version of American Pie as a taster. The original is here with more Biscuit based songs. Sadly, it never seems to have got much further than this one page written in 2005.

To the tune of American Pie:

A long, long time ago I can still remember how those biscuits used to make me smile

and I knew if I had my chance that I could make those biscuits and maybe I’d be happy for a while.

But February made me shiver with every biscuit they delivered, good news on the door step, I could always take one more step,

I can’t remember if I cried when I read about Baker who died but something touched me deep inside, the day, the Biscuit maker died, died.
So…

CHORUS

Bye, bye Biscuit maker guy,

made his biscuits kinda heavy and they always was high

an them good ol’ boys were eating biscuits of rye singin if this’ll be the day that they’re dry, then this’ll be the day that I’ll die.

Did you write the recipe of love and do you have faith in God above,

to bake them biscuits so,

and do you believe in biscuits n’ rolls, can they save your mortal soul and can you teach me how to bake em real slow?

Well I know that you’re in love with him cuz I saw you bakin them with him, you both threw off your shoes and I love those biscuits and blues.

I was a lonely teenage cookin punk with a white apron and a pick up truck but I knew I was out of luck, the day, the biscuit maker, died. I started singin…

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One Response

  1. Does anyone remember that strange 1970s telephone service Dial a Disc? The top 7 pop songs were available – 1 per day. The only time I used it was to hear the full version of American Pie 😮

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