On Thu, 1 Jul 1993 [log in to unmask] wrote:
> cookies. Also "biscuit" is French for "twice-cooked", but I have never cooked
> my biscuits or cookies more than once.
Here's hwat my french dictionnary says : biscuits were originally cookies
of meal (usually wheat) taht were first baked in the oven then dehydrated
on a slow fire for conservation. They were used as rations...
I might add that we call the "yuck" bread they used to carry on ships
"biscuit de mer", but their land equivalent was called "pain de guerre."
There is also a very old expression "s'embarquer sans biscuits". In
english, it could go as "sailing without cookies", and it actually means
you set onto something without having made the necessary provisions (both
meanings) or preparations.
Hope it helped, if only to bring a smile in your quest of the oat.
Kenavo dit, Stephen