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Joan Crawford’s Danti-Chips

To celebrate the fact that Feud: Bette and Joan has its UK premiere TONIGHT  I thought I’d suggest her recipe for Danti-Chips as a fun snack for you to rustle up.  When I launched the Joan Crawford cookbook in 2014     I organised a virtual reality launch party and lots of folks all around […]

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Cooking With Joan Crawford

Date for your diaries UK based chums! Feud: Bette and Joan starts on BBC2 on Saturday, December 16th with a double episode – whoop whoop!  I got a sneaky peak of the series when it aired in the USA and I absolutely loved it. It’s event TV folks!   I just wanted to remind you, that […]

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Joan Crawford Cookbook Giveaway!

I cannot believe that Feud: Bette and Joan is over already! That just flew past. I am a few episodes behind though.  I don’t have a TV, a friend at work grabs the episodes for me and puts them on a memory stick so that I can watch on my laptop in bed. DON’T TELL […]

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Joan Crawford Cookbook Giveaway!

I finally got to see episode one of Feud: Bette and Joan and I LOVED IT. So utterly brilliant! It’s got me wanting to cook like Joan again, so I’ve pulled out my copy of the Joan Crawford Cookbook (a book what I wrote) and am getting inspired… The book is available from www.blurb.com or […]

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Eli Wallach’s Eggs Birmingham

Spinster’s Saturday!  Hooray!  This means EGGS for breakfast.  Although I was craving Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros, I decided to try a different recipe from the Recipes for Rebels cookbook instead. So I went for Eli’s Eggs Birmingham.  Greg Swenson, author of this fab book, emailed me a while back asking if I knew of any […]

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Joan Crawford’s Almond Soup

This soup has been a long time coming.  Like a bit of homework I’ve been putting off for months and months and months, it’s the penultimate Joan dish from the book to be photographed.  So here it is, in all its splendour, Joan Crawford’s Almond Soup: I did float some almonds on top, as Joan […]

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Hollywood Cocktails and Canapés Party 4, part 2

Cripes.  This party took place in September 2014, so my memories are now pretty dim, but this has just got to come off my “to do” list…  The first part of my report was written soon after the party (sensible) and is here…  My notes don’t help much as many Betty Balfour cocktails had been […]

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Oscars Night – Joan Crawford Meatloaf

Are you having an Oscars party? Here in the UK it starts around midnight but I know quite a few people who will be pulling an all-nighter to watch the antics. I might get someone to record it for me, then I will walk around all day on Tuesday with my fingers in my ears […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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