Monday, February 18, 2013
Life This Week: February 19, 1940
Mae West and W.C. Fields only made one movie together and it was My Little Chickadee, this week's "Movie of the Week" (check out the photos of Mae West's apartment while you're at it), a western penned by Ms. West. Fields wrote some of the dialogue, but the studio gave him equal credit for the script which royally pissed off Mae West. She refused to work with W.C. Fields again.
My Little Chickadee is a lot of fun and if you like Mae West (or W.C. Fields) you'll enjoy it. As you might expect, Mae West plays a woman run out of town for her loose morals and W.C. Fields is a drunken huckster who's rather liberal with the truth. Naturally, My Little Chickadee has some quotable lines:
Judge: Are you trying to show contempt for this court?
Flower Belle (Mae West): No... I'm doin' my best to hide it!
Cousin Zeb: Uh, is this a game of chance?
Cuthbert J. Twillie (W.C. Fields): Not the way I play it, no.
Wayne Carter: Aren't you forgetting that you're married?
Flower Belle: I'm doin' my best.
Cuthbert J. Twillie: Come, my phlox, my flower! I have some very definite pear-shaped ideas that I'd like to discuss with thee.
quotes from IMDb
Like a lot of issues from this time, there's a full-color Dromedary ad. Last February (can't believe it's been a year!), one of their ads for Gingerbread Mix inspired me to make some gingerbread from scratch. This year I've made Date-Nut Loaf. I was totally going to make cream cheese sandwiches like in the ad, but we ate all the bread before I even got around to buying the cream cheese.
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar*
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup dates, sliced
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a loaf pan, line it with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Stir in the dates and walnuts. Mix in the milk, egg yolks and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form and you can turn the bowl upside down without the egg whites falling out. Fold into the batter then spoon batter into prepared loaf tin. Bake 60 to 65 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Cool in the tin for about 15 minutes then turn out to cool on a wire rack.
Serves 8 to 12
Adapted from "Date Loaf Cake" in A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband.
*I used 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 cup date sugar. You can totally just use all granulated sugar.
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