Book Test Cook 9 – Carole Lombard’s Cherry Pie

Book Test Cook 9 – Carole Lombard’s Cherry Pie

Made with one hand only!  My other was in a sling after a spectacular tumble on the cobblestones of Camden Market.  It was quite a drama with lots of lovely stallholders coming to the rescue and work chums fussing and looking after me as I sat in reception...
Carole Lombard’s Spinach Soup

Carole Lombard’s Spinach Soup

Some might say it is a rotten rainy night in London but I rather like it – especially as I’ve been in all evening rather than scouting for boys at the Circulus gig.  I rather fancied seeing if I could bag myself a bearded boy but the lure of an almost full...
Carole Lombard’s Lettuce Soup

Carole Lombard’s Lettuce Soup

I really intended making Carole’s soup tonight but I admit it, I got too drunk.  Since moving into the Palace of Solitude, Fridays have become the most significant night in my (un)social calendar.  I wriggle out of all and any invitations and scurry home so that...
Carole Lombard’s Barbecued Spare Ribs

Carole Lombard’s Barbecued Spare Ribs

I am not normally a jealous person but when a new test cook in the USA sent me a photo of the stove on which she cooks I went BRIGHT GREEN with envy.  A 1936 “Magic Chef” cooker that is a joy to behold.  Check out the picture on the Flickr page – Magic Chef. Rebecca...
Carole Lombard’s Cherry Tart

Carole Lombard’s Cherry Tart

Well I learned several lessons making Ronald’s pie last night.  First one was that a small mistake in a recipe can cause absolute chaos!  This is why I am so grateful to all my test cook volunteers, because if I make a howler like there was in Ronald’s,...
Carole Lombard’s Barbecued Spare Ribs

Carole Lombard’s Barbecued Spare Ribs

Shoulders! They are playing the National Anthem and I am feeling all tearful and worried for our boys.  COME ON ENGLAND!  It’s such a momentous match, so very exciting.  I’m watching it at home as I am hosting a post match barbecue so have to tend to...
Carole Lombard’s Barbecued Spare Ribs

Carole Lombard’s Barbecued Spare Ribs

Oh Carole!  Lounging poolside on a fur rug, only YOU could get away with that! Well on Saturday the entire contents of my lock-up were transported in a van and carried up four flights of stairs by two beefcakes for hire and 5 true and trusted friends.  Everything is...
Carole Lombard’s Cherry Tart

Carole Lombard’s Cherry Tart

“Don’t kiss and talk about it – men don’t.” OK then Carole, I will keep schtumm. Carole looks so MODERN in this photo, so much so I am going to double check with the lovely Carla over at www.carolelombard.org just to make sure it is really her… Back from a...
Carole Lombard’s Cherry Tart

Carole Lombard’s Cherry Tart

“You ought to see the map for my face in the Makeup Department. It looks like a landscape of the moon.” I’ve been dying to post this amazing picture of La Lombard for ages and now I get my chance. Dorothy over at the British Film Institue made Carole’s...
Carole Lombard’s Barbecued Spare Ribs

Carole Lombard’s Barbecued Spare Ribs

“Every cent anybody pays in tax is spent to benefit him. There’s no better place to spend it. I enjoy this country and I really think I get my money’s worth.” I’ve had my head in my hands most of this month, worrying about my tax return. I finally...
Carole Lombard’s Cherry Pie

Carole Lombard’s Cherry Pie

Just coming up for air after the madness of the past couple of weeks. Entering into a new period of calm. Watching Judge Judy during the day and looking for a job. The folks came for lunch last week and I had another bash at Carole Lombard’s Cherry Pie. My ma...
Carole Lombard’s Cherry Pie

Carole Lombard’s Cherry Pie

“I live by a man’s code, designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.” It was the night of the Carol(e)s last night as Ruth had a dinner party for 7 in tribute...

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