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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Irene Dunne’s Vinegar Chocolate Cake

I got up early on Saturday to make a birthday cake for Mr R’s sis.  I’d never made a cake in a gas oven before and I was a bit perturbed by the seemingly feeble temperature but it turned out fine in the end. I’m making another one of these tomorrow morning for the lovely […]

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Robert Mitchum’s Chili Wonder

This month’s column over at the fabulous Eat Drink Films is about Robert’s Chili.  To say Mitchum was a chili head is an understatement.  Read all about it and get his recipe here I’m not sure who I fancy more at the moment.  Mitchum: or Gable? Dunno.  But what I do know is that Mitchum’s […]

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Joan Crawford’s Crepes Suzette

When I told Mr R that Crepes Suzette were on the menu his response was: “I’m not sure if I eat that” but when asked if he knew what it was, he admitted that he wasn’t sure. I said, “you make pancakes, then pour brandy over them, then set fire to them.” I am getting […]

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Recipe of the Month – Deborah Kerr’s Coconut Scones

Not sure why Deborah calls these scones, they would be cookies to Americans or to us Brits, biscuits. Deborah was English, so she should have known a scone when she saw one. What do Americans call scones, biscuits?     All very confusing. Scones, cookies, biscuits, whatever you want to call them, these are really good. […]

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Joan Crawford’s Cheese Straws

These are stupendous.  I defy anyone to make them and then resist eating at least 6 or 7 before guests arrive.  This is a photo reference for the Joan Crawford Cookbook when it comes out in November…  I’m working on it like a mad thing to get it ready on time. I’m trying to get […]

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Joan Crawford’s Danti-Chips

It was the 10th anniversary of my book group last night.  10 years of about 6 or 7 books a year multiplied by about 7 or 8 bottles of wine consumed at each book group dinner = probably around 500 bottles of wine.  Ha ha.  Last night was no exception, except that as it was […]

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Film Star Guacamoles

My September feature for Eat Drink Films is up, and it is all about guacamole this month. I have tested more movie star guacamole than you could shake a chili at over the last few weeks.  I am carrying around a guacamole baby alongside the noodle baby at the moment.  Fatty. Here’s a link to […]

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Joan Crawford’s Wilted Spinach Salad

I love this spinach salad.  It’s easy peasy, tasty and fairly healthy…  Reminds me of the Vincent Price Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing I have made a few times.   Both lovely, although Vincent’s version includes eggs… My recipe for Joan’s Spinach Salad is from the awesome Joan manifesto “My Way of Life”.  This book […]

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Joan Crawford’s Salad Number One

Mmmmm – avocado, pineapple, cottage cheese…  Delicious! I’m gathering together all photos of Joan Crawford dishes already made and posting them here in the next few weeks. The Joan Crawford Cookbook will be published on Saturday 8th November (see here for a sneaky peek).  I will be hosting a virtual reality cookalong, sending out recipes […]

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Joan Crawford’s Salad Number Two

This is the second in my flurry of Joan Crawford recipe pics.  This salad isn’t as photogenic as the Nice Salad for a Squab Dinner but it was almost as tasty.  I’m a bit obsessed with mandarin segments after making the previous salad.  The tinned fruit section of the supermarket is one I have never […]

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