I nearly met Joan Collins last week! I was at the most glamorous party I have ever been to, the British Film Institute’s LUMINOUS gala dinner at the Guildhall. I spotted Geena Davis, Guy Richie, Steve Coogan, Terry Gilliam and Jonathan Ross. There were loads of other megastars there too, but alas, despite my nosey-beaking around the place I didn’t spot Joan. I saw the pics next day, she looked SPECTACULAR!
I know you lot, and you’ll be wanting to know what was served for dinner. I have to admit that I do not know. Alas, I was only “staff” and not a dinner guest. I was spinning tunes on two gramophones as guests arrived during the cocktail hour. None of my other Shellac Sisters were available that night so I was flying solo as Foxtrot Fanny…
…before The Staves took the stage. Here they are on the red carpet, looking super glam, but lucky me, I got to chat to them while they were doing their make-up in the Green Room. They are very lovely ladies, and said that they enjoyed my tunes when I was sound checking.
Wonder if The Staves got to meet Joan? Anyhow, I was a bit overexcited by the whole thing, so when I got home I looked Joan up on the Silver Screen Suppers spreadsheet. Then I rustled up her Red Bean Salad.
Very simple, fry up some red onions in butter and when they are cool, mix them with cooked beans and sour cream. Sounds weird, tastes good. As Joan puts it, “This recipe is for people who give parties but don’t like to cook”.
When Joan’s sister Jackie released her own cookbook last year, she said that the only thing that Joan could really cook was spaghetti bolognese. I might try and get in touch with Joan and see if she’d give me her recipe to share with y’all. Wouldn’t that be fabulous? Much like Joan herself…
Great, great! Sounds like a fabulous time! Jealous that Foxtrot Fanny shared the same room with Joan 🙂 Thanks for the bean recipe…I’ve been on the hunt for Joan Collins recipes, specifically her chicken stuffed with garlic or her salad nicoise. If you talk to Joan, ask her for me! I read her entire autobiographies, Art of Living Well and Past Imperfect, just hunting for her recipes (she talks a lot about food, just no recipes). Turns out Joan was not as inept in the kitchen as her sister portrayed her…hmmmm, more jealousy perhaps? Another fascinating and fabulous blog posting! (p.s.- the bolognese is on pg111, R4R)
I might have breathed the same air!!
Ooh! You have Joan’s Bolognese recipe in your book? I AM GOING TO CHECK THAT OUT TONIGHT! I have one other recipe apart from the bean salad – it’s a jacket potato with caviar – so glamorous! Jx
Ha ha – found it and LOVE IT! That is going on the “to-cook” list STAT! JX
I make this Red bean salad,and Joan Collins Bolognese,and i love it,so good
Hi Janne – thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. You have reminded me that I was going to put Joan’s Bolognese on my “to-do” list so thanks for that! Happy New Year 2021. Jenny