Thursday, September 03, 2009

Tallulah Bankhead's Coconut Jumbles

"...all my life I've been terrible at remembering people's names.
Once I introduced a friend of mine as 'Martini'.
Her name was actually 'Olive'.”

Tallulah's excuse for calling everyone "dahling" rings a bell with me. I'm getting terrible at remembering names. Which puts me in mind of my dad once saying, "that whatsisname is really good at remembering names..."

Today's report comes from our favourite type of tester - the "mum" tester! They sure know what they are doing these mums. Taking a totally different approach to test cooks of our own generation. They just get on with it and have no qualms about leaving ingredients out or modifying oven temperatures or cooking times. Genius.

What a pedigree for me. My own mum has selected the persona of Vivien Leigh for the blog. As my dad wants to be Burt Lancaster that makes me feel pretty special. And my mum's verdict on Tallulah's biscuits? "Will be offering friends these when they drop in for a cup of tea." So they are definitely good enough for guests! Vivien left out the milk altogether (a good solution to avoid sloppy cookie dough) and her superb innovation? Topping the biscuits with glace cherries. I am LOVING that idea!


Polly Farthing said...

Those Jumbles sound wonderful. I know quite a few people who call others 'darling' or 'babe' all the time as they are forgetful of names. Luckily this seems to be something I'm actually good at - result! Your Dad as Burt Lancaster sounds great! Polly x

Lya de Putti said...

The Jumbles are definitely good but we may pimp them up with more coconut flavour for the modern palate. I saw my mum and dad today and they really made me laugh. My dad had a go at Josephine Baker's Spaghetti Bolognaise and when I asked him how it turned out he said, "it's not as good as mine"!

Avalon76 said...

I call people "darling" all the time - even though I do remember their names! *laughs* I just found your blog today and love it. Can't wait for the book so I can cook like Clara especially!

Jen ^_^