I've had a Waterford "Biscuit" Barrel "forever"
I've also had a wooden one from the 20's
And when I first got the "Biscuit" Barrel, I couldn't understand
why anyone would put "biscuits" in a crystal jar.
They're not really good leftover
They're best hot and fresh from the oven.
And then I took my first trip to England
And learned that there, "biscuits" were cookies.
The light came on!
I could see "cookies" in the Waterford barrel
I could see "cookies" in the wooden one
And I see "cookies" in this enamel one definitely marked "biscuits"
It's not English
bought instead in the city at some store that ages ago sold enamel ware
marked with "sugar", "flour", "tea", "coffee" and this one -- "biscuits"
It's in the larder
and does, indeed hold biscuits
The weekly output is put in there
So that one or two (or even three or four)
can be taken out for afternoon tea.
It's just one piece of our enamel ware collection
I have the one marked "sugar" and it's in the larder holding the icing sugar
And I have old ones
A "bread" one which holds bread and crackers.
It's old and is from England
As is the "flour" one which is also in the larder
It holds flour -- but not the regular flour but instead the almond meal and cake flour
And the biscuit tin this week
lemon raisin cookies
From Anna Pumps, Loaves and Fishes Party Cookbook
They're good keepers
And make for a good tea nosh
Blue and white Johnson Brothers, Indies
The wee pot bought almost 20 years ago on a trip to England along with one cup
(I had the grand idea of keeping a "tea station" in the bedroom, like the bed/breakfasts we stayed at --
it wasn't practical and that idea was soon squashed -- but the teapot and tea cup remained.
And were soon joined by more Johnson Brothers Indies -- plates and salad/tea plates and more cups and saucers!)
The cookies full of lemon zest. A gift from a friend (lemons not the zest) who received a box full of lemons from her brother in law in California -- she shares!
I love the late afternoon winter sun in the breakfast room as I pause
every afternoon at half past three
for a cup of tea and a nosh.