Colleen Moore (Aug 19 1900 - Jan 25 1988) offers a spread of Irish delights for us to try today: Cream of Green Pea Soup, Bread sticks, Shamrock Salad, Rolled Asparagus Salad, Sweet Gherkins, Green Olives, County Cork Ice Cream, Pistachio Mints, Irish Delights, and Coffee. Sounds like a reasonably good meal. Not quite sure why Vanilla Ice Cream with Peanuts is County Cork Ice Cream. Do they have a lot of peanuts or something?
Here is a simple recipe for Cream of Green Pea Soup:
Drain 1 can of peas or use 2 cups fresh peas, add slice onion, sprig parsley and mint, 1/8 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and cook 20 minutes in 2 cups water. Blend with cream sauce and garnish with whole peas. A little pimento or tomato may be added to the whipped cream.
I first heard of Colleen Moore as a child when I read an article about her fairytale doll castle at the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago in American Girl magazine. As a total doll addict, I was totally enchanted with the idea of a real fairytale castle.
I mean how cool is it when the books are real, and the marble sink is real marble, and the gilded gold is real gold?
Here are a couple links about the castle:
Not much of Colleen's Work survives, but here are a few facts about her:
- She came to Hollywood in 1917 because D.W. Griffith owed her uncle a favor
- Colleen was a 1922 WAMPAS baby star
- She had an affair in the 1920s with King Vidor
- She had one blue eye and one green eye
- Her fairytale castle cost $500,000
- Colleen discovered Loretta Young
- Her breakout role was in the 1923 film Flaming Youth (which is believed lost). She donated a copy of a film to a museum in the 1960s, but they forgot to restore it and it deteriorated