Tiffany Haddish Recalls the Time Taylor Swift Cooked Soul Food for Her

“First of all, Taylor can cook, okay? She can cook, like the chicken was bomb.”

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As one of the stars of the record-smashing Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish has had a breakout year. Part of that, though, is due almost as much to her real-life personality, which has shined in the many TV interviews she’s done since. The latest is no exception. When Haddish stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, she told yet another hilarious story. This time, however, it didn’t involve Jada Pinkett and Will Smith; it was about Taylor Swift.

Apparently, the two hit it off earlier last month when they made appearances on Saturday Night Live: Swift was the musical guest while Haddish made history as the first African-American female comedian to host the show. After the show wrapped, they made plans to meet again. “Taylor was like, ‘Tiffany, Oh my God, I like you, we gotta hang out!’ I was like, ‘Yes! We gotta hang out girl, let’s hang out,’” she told DeGeneres. Haddish had her own vision, though, of what their next hang out would look like.

“I said, ‘Look if I come over you gotta make me some barbecue chicken, some potato salad and a brisket,’” she said. To her surprise, Swift obliged and apparently whipped up some delicious soul food. “When I get over there she got all this food—first of all, Taylor can cook, okay? She can cook, like the chicken was bomb and she made cornbread, bomb so good. And then she ate my greens, she was like, ‘Oh my gosh Tiffany I have been wanting greens for so long. I go to all these different places and get greens and they’re never good, these greens are so delicious and I was like, ‘Girl, cause them is joyful greens!”

What exactly are joyful greens? Haddish explained her signature dish: “When I pick my greens, I smile,” she said. “I smile when I pick the greens and then when I wash the greens I smile, then when I cut them up I smile and then when I cook ’em I smile. They called joyful greens.”

Haddish obviously has plenty to be joyful about, between the success of Girl’s Trip, which surpassed $100 million in box office sales—a first for a female African-American screenwriter—and her recent stand-up special, The Ready! From The Hood To Hollywood. But it took awhile for her to get there, as she explained to W earlier this year. “I think God gives you everything when you’re supposed to have it, when you can handle it,” she said. “I can handle it now.”