Welcome to Joan Crawford month. I’ve set myself the probably impossible task of testing all of her recipes except the Meat Loaf this month. Still saving up for the legendary Meat Loaf – ingredients cost about £60! Am planning to make it on my birthday in December. I may run a competition for the chance to come round and help me eat it. Serves TEN!!!
I have started – quite appropriately – with Salad Number One (so called because she had two salad recipes in the same cookbook in 1929). It was YUMMY. One of those classic combinations – pineapple and cottage cheese. I always forget how much I like cottage cheese and now I have half a pot of it to play with. Joan suggests serving her salad with Melba Toast – brings back memories of doing the Sylvia of Hollywood diet in Austin! Did anyone hear the great documentary Karen Krizanovich did this week on R2? It was so good. When is the movie coming out?!
Anyhow, the salad was quite delicious and there is a picture on the flickr site – Joan’s Salad. Same for lunch tomorrow!
Joan’s meat loaf – is that the one with the whole eggs stuffed inside it that I seem to remember you mentioning a while back?
Good luck if so – this takes commitment to an idea into truly heroic territory!
It is indeed my dear. Main ingredients SIRLOIN steak and VEAL. I priced up making a half recipe version of it a while back and the meat along would have cost me £30, never mind the eggs! I have set up a “Joan Crawford Meatloaf Fund” – currently standing at about £35. I’m planning to make the full version for 10 for my birthday. Still got to buy a table and chairs though!
Re the meatloaf – perhaps you could auction tickets for that dinner? Although hmm maybe not on your birthday…
It’s an idea!!
I’m so interested in hearing more about Joan’s recipes. Trust her to make a basic dish with such pricey ingredients! I have a rare Joan film I have to get to you–an MGM one, not one of the reputed smokers…
If you want to hear Sylvia of Hollywood’s documentary, she’s (currently) on my website here:
And find the little button called Svelte Sylvia & The Hollywood Trimsters.
I LOVE THIS BLOG! Well done Jenny & Caroline!
Hi Karen – I listened to the Sylvia documentary when it went out WHAT a woman she was and your documentary really caught her spirit. I love her and I have a copy of her book “No More Alibis” on my bedside table. Fairly hilarious that it just sits there and I occasionally think, “I must do some exercise”. Sylvia would have a LOT to say about my constant procrastination on this subject! Jx