Bette Davis’ Split Pea Soup and Boston Baked Beans

This month’s column is up over at and it looks lovely.  My neighbour’s dog Ringo gets fame at last! Chewing on the Bette Davis Ham Bone!

ringo and his 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 way back in 2006.  That post still makes me laugh…


Just wanted to mention (in case you are an avid recipe book buyer) that the photo they have used to illustrate Famous Foods by Famous People is not the book Bette’s soup recipe appears in, it’s in this one.  Just in case you are tempted to rush out and buy one!


Here’s how my soup looked, served as per Bette’s recipe with croutons.

IMG_0865It freezes really well and here’s a batch that I had with Mr R with the legendary Joan Crawford’s Hot Buttered Bread


I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of drinking, eating and going to see The Specials! Hopefully early next week I’ll be posting a round up of all the amazing Joan Crawford dinner parties that happened last week…



4 Responses to Bette Davis’ Split Pea Soup and Boston Baked Beans

  1. phairhead 15 Nov, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    Long time reader, first time commenter 😀

    Just wanted to squee for a moment: AAAAHHHH! Terry Hall and the Specials! He’s a fox

    • Jenny 17 Nov, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

      Hello and welcome, thanks for dropping by. The Specials were BRILLIANT and Terry is still a fox! I was quite a way back but I could still feel that animal magnetism!

  2. Moya 17 Nov, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Glad you had a great time at The Specials! The soup looks yummy–I’ll have to make some for the cold days ahead.

    • Jenny 18 Nov, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

      It’s definitely one for the autumn – delicious x

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