Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Titanic Survival Biscuit

For fifteen thousand pounds it sold,
the cracker that's one hundred and three years old,
it's the world's most valuable biscuit,
part of the Titanic survival kit.

This snack has outlived the last survivor,
shame it didn't prove to be a life saver,
now only the ghosts walk on the waves,
as the bodies lie deep in their watery graves.

Biscuit:  Old stale box of Palmiers - nearly passed their sell by date
Taste test:  Not bad considering their age.
Cost: Cheap - from Lidl a long time ago

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Autumn's Hue

Autumn leaves pass by our window
a flurry of burnt orange, old gold,
red velvet and rustic brown
the wind blows them to the ground.

A sycamore seed spinning around
in graceful liberation,
to plant itself in the ground
to start a new creation.

Children stockpile horse-chestnuts
before the autumn weather conquers us,
mist mingles with the dew
velvet red is autumn's hue.

Biscuit:  Red Velvet Crunch Creams
Taste test:  8 out of 10
Cost: 99p from Waitrose in Lymington

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Kvikk Lunsj

Did we eat these biscuits fast
Was it a Kit Kat
or a copycat?

Perhaps a Kvikk Lunsj (Quick Lunch)
or rather a substantial brunch,
because the thick chocolate
packs a real punch,

Will it make Edvard Munch
Scream in delight,
or might the garish wrapper
give him a fright?

Biscuit:  Kvikk Lunsj (Quick Lunch)
Taste test: 9 out of 10
Cost: 540 Norwegian Krone from Oslo Airport

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Chinese Whispers

Mist on the Yellow River,
leaves on the willow quiver,

Smoke from a thousand chimneys
blackens the eastern breeze,

The fragrant infusion of tea,
syrup sweetness of lychee.

Tastes that sweatshop comrades cannot savour
in lives of cheap and wasted labour.

Biscuit:  A mixture of Chinese sweet snacks
Taste test: 6 out of 10
Cost: A gift from Denis from Hong Kong

Friday, 2 October 2015

Millionaire Lifestyle

Hip hip hooray
we're on the Headway Holiday,
blue skies above
blue sea in the bay.

We took in the sights
of the Isle of Wight,
the Botanic Gardens of Ventnor
what glorious flora we saw.

As a group we did partake
in the joy of Millionaire's Shortcake,
baked by Sally's friend Jane
efforts to resist were in vain.

We marvelled at Victoria & Albert's
former house,
and the acres of woodland
where the gentry shot grouse.

Now we're sat on the ferry
memories making us merry,
Headway beckons
best holiday ever - Karl reckons.

Biscuit:  Homemade Millionaire's Shortcake
Taste test: 10 out of 10 (dee-lish-us)
Cost: Made by Jane Avery, Sally the chef's friend