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Sweetcorn and Potato Pie

This is the kind of food that Heather describes as “warm pap” but I LOVED it.  I’ve been wanting to make this ever since I saw the recipe way back in December.  Sweetcorn is my most favourite food and the idea of a mushy pie with bacon & onions, topped with mashed potato – well, what could be nicer?  Real comfort food for a Sunday night in with “Imitation of Life”.

Coo wee, that Douglas Sirk knows how to make a tearjerker.  I’m like an old wrung out dishcloth after that.

It’s all taking my mind off the fact that I was stung by a Jasper on the lips today.  I was sitting in the beautiful communal gardens of my flat circumventing the “no drinking alone” rule in the Palace of Solitude (in the garden doesn’t count).  A bee or a wasp had got into the can and when I took a swig it buzzed around and stung my bottom lip.  Now I look like Mae Murray.

For a split second after it happened I wondered if I’d go into anaphylactic shock and die right there with my flat in a terrible state and all sorts of things lying around that I’d be ashamed of when the house clearance people came.  I really should tidy up.

Recipe from: Cooking Price-Wise.


About Jenny Hammerton

I am a film archivist living in London, making film star fodder and writing about movie stars and their recipes in my spare time. My main website is at - over there I record my attempts to cook the favourite dishes of the greatest film stars of Hollywood's Golden Era - 10 years of nonsense and counting!

3 responses to “Sweetcorn and Potato Pie

  1. Moya

    I hope your lip is feeling better–but I’m sure you looked as lovely as Mae. I have had similar thoughts about my place–maybe a big tidy-up-athon is in order when I’m back in a couple of weeks. Why is this trip passing so fast?

  2. Lauren

    Oh no! You have me laughing at your misfortune! I have those thoughts occasionally, like maybe I shouldn’t buy that because I don’t want the cops to find it if I were to spontaneously combust (happens to dozens of people every year!) or something of the sort.

    I’ve never seen Sirk’s version of Imitation of Life, but I have seen the one with Claudette Colbert and enjoyed it.

  3. Yes, we should all keep our places tidy, just in case! I have left instructions with 3 people about what must be destroyed if I suddenly snuff it. I should probably remind them though…

    Lauren, I heartily recommend Sirk’s version. Probably best to watch it alone when you are really in the mood for a big old cathartic sob and an early night.

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