I’m excited to announce that the new version of Cooking With Joan Crawford is now available, wherever you are in the world.

Here’s the link to the UK Amazon page, do switch to your own country if you are elsewhere for the correct pricing. Here’s a little glimpse inside…

There are SIX NEW RECIPES from Joan’s kitchen, discovered since I published the original coffee table version of the book in 2014.

The most exciting one is a cocktail it seems that Joan invented herself.

I would love it if you rustled yourself up one of these and join me for a Mildred Pierce Watch Party on Sunday 22nd February at 7pm BST.  Everyone welcome!

All the details about the watch party can be found over at Dinner and a Movie.

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Whether or not you can join us, here’s a video demo of the Joanie cocktail direct from the Silver Screen Suppers kitchen.

If you make yourself one of these, or the meatloaf and coleslaw that follow, take a pic and send it to me by November 1st for a chance to win a copy of the book.

The suggested menu for the watch party is Joan’s cocktail, her meatloaf and her coleslaw.

I promised my Dinner and a Movie readers a bit more info about how I made the meatloaf and coleslaw, so here we go with some photos and tips.

Joan’s Coleslaw recipe is rather vague.  To give you an idea of quantities, here’s what I used.  I would say this created 4-6 helpings of coleslaw, depending on how much coleslaw you like to eat!

1/4 white cabbage

1/4 green pepper

40g pimientos

80g pineapple (two rings)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon vinegar

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Pinch of dry mustard

1/4 cup margarine

1/2 teaspoon chicken seasoning

The latter is my version of Joan’s “magical mix of spices and herbs”. This was simply because I bought the poultry seasoning for some recipe or another, and I’m trying to use it up.  The coleslaw was delicious, so I reckon this was a good choice.  It contains Onion, Salt, Red Bell Pepper, Garlic, Black Pepper, Demerara Sugar, Parsley, Tarragon, Lemon Peel, and Paprika.  Do let me know what magical mix you decide to use. I am all ears!

Joan’s MeatloafJoan’s meatloaf is pretty straightforward and QUICK to make.  Once you have chopped the onions and peppers (tiny pieces are best), it’s just a question of bunging everything into a big bowl and mixing it together.  This is a job for the hands, I think. It’s the easiest way of squidging everything around to get it all thoroughly mixed.

My top tip would be to make hollows in your meatloaf to place your eggs in, then mould the mixture over the top.

I was pretty thrilled with how the loaf looked when I sliced through.

It was utterly delicious!

The best way of rounding off this delicious Joan Crawford feast would be to serve Joan Crawford coffee, right?  Well, luckily, Breakfast at Dominique’s can provide.  Dominique very kindly agreed to my suggestion of a barter, so I sent her a copy of the Joan Crawford cookbook, and she sent me this divine coffee. What a great transatlantic swap!

I do hope you make one, or all of Joan’s recipes.  Do let me know how they turn out and send photos.  Also hoping to “meet” some of you at the watch party.  Stick it in your diary!


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