Happy 12th Birthday Silver Screen Suppers – my favourite dozen movie star recipes!

Happy 12th Birthday Silver Screen Suppers – my favourite dozen movie star recipes!

I can’t believe that I’ve been writing this blog for 12 years – goodness me.  So much has changed in that time.  When I began I was a broken-hearted singleton living on a houseboat on the Thames.  My tabletop cooker had to be turned on...
Joan Crawford’s Danti-Chips

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...
Cooking With Joan Crawford

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!...
Joan Crawford Cookbook Giveaway!

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....
Joan Crawford Cookbook Giveaway!

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...
Eli Wallach’s Eggs Birmingham

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...
Joan Crawford’s Almond Soup

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...
Oscars Night – Joan Crawford Meatloaf

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...
Joan Crawford’s Prosciutto Canapes

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...
Joan Crawford’s Veal Mousse

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...
Joan Crawford’s Coleslaw

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...
Joan Crawford’s Hot Buttered Bread

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...
Joan Crawford Cookbook Launch Day!

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...
Joan Crawford Book Trailer

Joan Crawford Book Trailer

See my cookbooks!  See my kitchen!  See my kitchen record player with glasses of champagne on it! Watch out, this starts off without sound then “Let There Be Drums” kicks in loud.
Joan Crawford’s Smoked Salmon on Pumpernickel

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...
The Joan Crawford Cosmo Cocktail

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...
Joan Crawford’s Fruit Appetizer

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...
Joan Crawford’s Roquefort Salad

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…  ...
Joan Crawford’s Cheese and Bean Casserole

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...
Joan Crawford’s Lemon Pie

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...
Joan Crawford’s French Banana Salad

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...
Joan Crawford’s Crepes Suzette

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...
Joan Crawford’s Cheese Straws

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...
Joan Crawford’s Danti-Chips

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,...
Joan Crawford’s Turkey and Noodles Alfredo

Joan Crawford’s Turkey and Noodles Alfredo

You know when you see recipes in a magazine and they specifically say that it’s something that is perfect for a weeknight dinner? Well this one definitely is. I got home at 7, rustled it up for me and my chum Heather, we ate it and washed up, and were both in our own...
Joan Crawford’s Pork Chops With Fried Apple Rings

Joan Crawford’s Pork Chops With Fried Apple Rings

I’m writing this in the “Joan Zone” – Mr R’s name for the writing desk in my bedroom. I wanted to create a space that would help me to concentrate on all the many things I need to do before the book launch. I’ve moved away from “Columbo Corner” (the comfy sofa in the...
Joan Crawford’s Wilted Spinach Salad

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...
Joan Crawford’s Salad Number One

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...
Joan Crawford’s Salad Number Two

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...
Joan Crawford’s Nice Salad for a Squab Dinner

Joan Crawford’s Nice Salad for a Squab Dinner

This is the first in a flurry of posts about Joan Crawford recipes ahead of the book launch – eek!  There are no food photos in the book, just pictures of the lovely Joan, so this is the place for them. First here’s an easy fresh salad – just...
The Joan Crawford Cookbook Prototype!

The Joan Crawford Cookbook Prototype!

Oh my days (as the kids say)!  The prototype for my Joan Crawford Cookbook arrived on Wednesday and I am so thrilled with it.  Would you like a sneaky peak?  Here’s the cover: and here is one of the recipe pages: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! ...
Merry Christmas from Silver Screen Suppers

Merry Christmas from Silver Screen Suppers

Wishing all my readers wonderful times with their friends and families over the festive season. More fabulous food and drink suggestions from Joan, Bette, Clark, Carole, Clara, Mae, Vincent and all my other favourites coming in 2014.  I raise a turkey leg and a...
Joan Crawford’s Salami Sandwiches

Joan Crawford’s Salami Sandwiches

It’s been a fabulous Christmas.  I was VERY pleased with my turkey. Vic and Corinna and Isaac came over and we had the traditional Xmas dinner with all the trimmings, fiery Christmas pudding, mince pies and a huge pile of cheese and biscuits.  Yum yum....
Joan Crawford’s Salad Number One

Joan Crawford’s Salad Number One

I ate quite a lot of rich food in Amsterdam including this: in honour of Vincent Price’s Hotchpotch of Curly Kale… so on Saturday I was craving a Joanie salad.  There has been a tin of pineapple slices in my cupboard for ages so I made this and it was...
Joan Crawford’s Wilted Spinach Salad

Joan Crawford’s Wilted Spinach Salad

Hmm.  This was tasty.  I had it with a Vincent Price burger that I retrieved from the back of the freezer.  It had Roquefort cheese inside.  Mmmm… Here’s Joan’s simple but effective recipe: “Wilted Spinach Salad: I pour hot...
Joan Crawford’s Charcoal Broiled Steak

Joan Crawford’s Charcoal Broiled Steak

A mustard mystery of Miss Marple magnitude in Melton Mobray this weekend!  Oh my goodness the intrigue!  Trix, Jane and myself made a pilgrimage to the Great British Mustard Bash: a six hour round trip to see if my Colonel Mustard’s Mustard’s...
Joan Crawford’s Steak with Roquefort Sauce

Joan Crawford’s Steak with Roquefort Sauce

“Bedroom problems?  There is absolutely nothing in my bedroom that bothers me!” Me neither Doris, me neither! Although I WOULD like to have a white telephone beside the bed.  Ignoring the fact that I don’t actually have a land line… I...
Joan Crawford’s Salami Canapes

Joan Crawford’s Salami Canapes

Christmas came early this year to The Palace of Solitude as yesterday I cooked Christmas dinner for three.  Wow, what a lot of work!  But it was worth it and I was very pleased with my Vincent Price “Roast Turkey  Wayside Inn” which I’ll write about...

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