Joan Crawford’s Prosciutto Canapes

If you like melon and you like proscuitto you’ll like these!  Joan also suggests slices of fresh figs or wedges of fresh pears for your present wrapping skills… As the mention of going to see The Specials seemed to spark a lot of interest on the Social Media Webs I’m going to post a picture […]

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Bette Davis’ Split Pea Soup and Boston Baked Beans

This month’s column is up over at www.eatdrinkfilms.com and it looks lovely.  My neighbour’s dog Ringo gets fame at last! Chewing on the Bette Davis Ham Bone! Both recipes are there and both are delicious.  I am especially fond of Bette’s Boston Baked Beans as they were the first thing I made for this project […]

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Jack Cassidy’s Rainbow Trout in a Pouch

Ooh, move over Gordon MacRae’s Trout Almondine, this was great! Very flavoursome and weirdly, the trout was pinker than last night and the trout were definitely twins (bought side by side) so it must have been to do with the liquid I popped in the pouch, or the cooking method… So the recipe was basically […]

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Joan Crawford’s Veal Mousse

If I am ever asked if there is anything I don’t eat, I usually say, “I’m a bit weird about mushrooms, aubergines and shellfish but everything else is fine”.  If I’d been around in the 1930s and 1940s I would have defintely added “and vegetables set in aspic”. This is just a thing they “did” […]

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Gordon MacRae’s Trout Almondine

I had fully intended making Jack Cassidy’s “Trout in a Pouch” tonight but completely forgot to buy Chablis.  I didn’t think some old bit of undrunk, unidentified white wine hanging around the place would quite do, so that will be for tomorrow’s tea instead.  I’m trying for three booze free nights this week but I’ve […]

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Vincent Price’s Pineapple Nut Loaf

It’s the One Reeler Film Club at the Cinema Museum tonight so I have made a cake.  It smells and looks delicious but I’ve never made it before so I’ll have to wait until tonight to find out how it tastes.  If it is good, I will return and type up the recipe here. Mmmmm. […]

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Dean Martin’s Martin Burger

This sounds a bit like a Caker Cooking recipe.  Ingredients – beef, salt, bourbon, TV tray.  That’s it! After last night’s excitement I was shattered and didn’t have the energy to leave the house, so missed the lovely Sara & Russell’s party, and the legendary Nitty Gritty night in Camden.  Instead, I sat on the […]

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Joan Crawford’s Coleslaw

Joan’s recipe for Coleslaw appeared in the genius book “My Way of Life” and is a little bit vague.  This to my mind is always a sign that the person writing the recipe really knows what they are doing.  I am someone who likes to have every little detail spelled out – including how much […]

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Joan Crawford’s Hot Buttered Bread

Cutting the crusts off a loaf of bread then covering it with half a pound of butter sounds like a crazy thing to do right?  Yes, I thought so too.  When I told Mr R how much butter was involved in making this he made an exclamation that’s not fit for a family blog but […]

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Joan Crawford Cookbook Launch Day!

It’s out!  My book is unleashed upon the world and naturally I am over-excited. You can check it out here, and if you click on the big picture when you get there,  preview the first few pages.  Aint it cute?! I am inordinately proud of it.  I hope Joan would have been happy with it […]

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Vincent Price’s Ghoulish Goulash

Just a quick link to a lovely piece on the website of my lovely local butchers – Morley Butchers in Crouch End.  I only popped in for a ham bone yesterday and it set in motion a wonderful chain of events…. Vincent Price’s Goulish Goulash….. I am so chuffed!  Even nicer was the fact that […]

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Joan Crawford’s Smoked Salmon on Pumpernickel

Simple and classic.  Rye bread, smoked salmon, capers and lemon wedges.  I can’t remember where I got these lovely round rye bread slices but I think it might have been the beloved Scandikitchen. Or it might have been Budgens in Crouch End as they often have quite fancy-pants cocktail-hour foodstuffs.  So although definitely rye bread, […]

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Jean Arthur’s Chocolate Fudge

This post is in response to a sort of “request” from my twitterchums @getTV (www.get.tv), who linked to one of my posts about Jean Arthur’s Chocolate Fudge yesterday for National Chocolate Day.  Way back when I made it in 2009 I just couldn’t get it to set, but you might have better luck!  It’s so […]

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The Joan Crawford Cosmo Cocktail

I pressed the “publish” button for my book on Friday – eek!  I’ve been celebrating all weekend.  Here I am, cocktail in one hand, proof copy in the other.  Don’t I look pleased with myself?!  Well I AM pleased with myself.  It was a lot of work but I am very proud of it.  More […]

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Joan Crawford’s Fruit Appetizer

Joan’s directions for this recipe were to put a tablespoon of mint ice in the bottom of a tall stemmed glass before adding strawberries and pineapple and dusting with powdered / icing sugar.  I wasn’t sure what she meant by mint ice so I froze some mint tea in an ice cube tray and then […]

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Joan Crawford’s Roquefort Salad

This is probably the weirdest thing I have made in over 8 years of trying the favourite recipes of movie stars.  Very weird indeed.  Did I eat it?  Well, I tried it.  I ate about half of one of these delightfully shaped cheese balls…   It reminded me of something my dad used to make […]

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Hollywood Cocktails and Canapés Party 4, part 1

This is the first part of a whistle stop tour of the dishes served at the fourth testing party for the Hollywood Cocktails and Canapés book Nathalie and I are planning to cobble together.  Phew.  Most of these dishes will probably make it into the book, although there was a couple of oddities for sure.  […]

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Joan Crawford’s Cheese and Bean Casserole

It must be wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy past my bedtime because Janice Long is on the radio.  For young folks, or my chums who are not UK based, this is basically the equivalent of going to a really fabulous party, leaving, and then finding out that it’s light outside because it is MORNING.  I am not going to […]

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Clark Gable’s Sour Cream Chocolate Cake

I knew I had made one of these before, because of the post-it notes on my recipe book.  But there was no blog entry for it.  Mysterious… Mr Gable might have enjoyed this… But for me it was a terrible failure… Even Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Fudge Icing couldn’t save it… To add insult to injury, […]

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Joan Crawford’s Lemon Pie

In my fading memory, Lemon Meringue Pie was something my mum made for us all when we were kids (I have four siblings) and in my mind’s eye I see massive peaks of meringue all browned on the edges like this one by James Martin… BUT, my mum used to work all the hours God […]

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Joan Crawford’s French Banana Salad

Does anyone remember Ask The Family with Robert Robertson? My favourite thing about that show was the section where they showed an extreme close up photograph of an everyday object like a can opener, and the family had to guess what it was.   They could have used this picture of Joan’s French Banana Salad. […]

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