Juliet Mills’ Hoppin’ John

I’ve had to do a last minute recipe switch for the Columbo cookbook. I realised that I’d included a recipe for Hayley Mills, but it is, in fact, Juliet Mills who appears in the No Time to Die episode. It’s a good thing I realised, not least because that would have been a big, big, […]

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Lieutenant Columbo’s Omelet / Omelette

If I met someone who had never seen an episode of Columbo, I think I would recommend Murder By The Book as the one to start with.  It’s superb in so many ways…  Not least… but also… Credit is due for the screengrabs to the amazing Colombophile But the best thing about it, for my purposes, […]

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Ian McShane’s Salmon With Watercress Sauce

Ooh, this was GOOD.  I followed the recipe in this Sainsbury’s advert… But you know what?  From the minute that advert starts, you realise that times have changed since 1992. I totally remember the days when you went to a supermarket and you got a weird looking slice of fish that looked like Ian’s, a […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Peter Falk’s Avocado

 My fellow Shellac Sister Lady Jane is well known for being averse to cooking.  But she stepped right up to the plate to test this recipe for the Columbo cookbook.  Admittedly, there isn’t really any cooking involved, but when you are a LADY, this is all to the good.  Mind you, even though she is […]

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The Faye Dunaway Cocktail

My new favourite cocktail? Yes. This was utterly divine. The jalapeño flavour got more pronounced the more I drank, and the closer my schnozzle was to the wheel on the glass – ha ha! Here’s an article about the creation of this cocktail  – respect is due to Jonathan Humphrey who invented this dream of a tipple. […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Gene Barry’s Kibbee

Ooh, reading the report by Sarah Bailey of Sarah’s Cooker-ebook made me want to make some of these again, they are such tasty little meatballs.  I love Sarah’s photos (all at the bottom of the post), and having them with roasted cauliflower and a tomato sauce is an idea I might pinch! Sarah’s feedback about […]

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Dinner and a Movie – The Odd Couple (1968)

Sometimes I fantasize about having chums round for a poker game and serving food like Oscar “Divorced, Broke and Sloppy” Madison does in this movie.   He’s a filthy bachelor living in squalor and one of his card-shark chums observes of his disgusting, out of order fridge, “I saw milk standing in there that wasn’t even in […]

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Vincent Price’s Goulash

I think we’ll be talking about Vincent’s Goulash recipe on the Museum of Soho radio show tomorrow from 10am, so I thought I’d put the recipe up. It is such a great thing to cook for Halloween – you can call it GHOULISH GOULASH. At the end of the post, there’s a fun demonstration film […]

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Vincent Price’s Savory Stuffed Chicken

I’m going to be on the radio on Sunday talking about Vincent Price, I’m very excited. It’s the Museum of Soho show on Soho Radio and you can listen to me make a fool of myself live between 10-11am. I’ll put the link to the show in this post after it has gone out too…  I’ll be […]

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Johnny Cash’s Chilli – Veggie Version!

Oooh, this was fabulous! I have blog reader and friend Zelda from Dinner With Zelda Manners to thank for this wonderful recipe. She generously spent time creating a vegetarian version of the Johnny Cash chilli for the Columbo cookbook, and it’s absolutely delicious. I know I have lots of vegetarian readers, and do hope they […]

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Phyllis Kirk’s Tomato Salad With A Flair

Who could resist a salad with a title like that?  Not me!   It’s not “Tomato Salad With Flair” you note, it is Tomato Salad With A Flair. Phyllis Kirk sounds like she could be a character in The Archers.  Are you listening to The Archers at the moment?  For overseas readers who might not […]

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Jane Fonda’s Smoothie

Like a small fussy child, there is absolutely NO WAY I would eat this bowlful of fruit if it was put in front of me.   But mushed up into a smoothie I can handle it.  Why is this?  I have no idea.  Maybe because it feels a bit like having a milkshake for breakfast? […]

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Jane Fonda’s Very Berry Waffles

Hot on the heels of Vincent Price’s Waffles are Jane’s.  Now, I have never heard of putting fruit IN waffles, but that’s the way Jane has them, so why not? I’ve been looking after Ringo, the dog from number 14, while Chloë and D-Fran have been in Paris and I have loved every minute.  Ringo […]

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Vincent Price Buttermilk Waffles

I can’t believe I’m only just now getting around to writing about these waffles as these were made YONKS AGO when my darling Caroline Frick was in the house, way back in April.  Over from Texas for a short visit, I set Dr Frick on waffle duty as she is American and I am not. […]

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Martin Landau Straight Up Martini

Remember when I said a few blog posts back that everyone looks good in a cowboy hat?  Well here’s another bit of evidence if you need it… and plus… my word! I absolutely love it when a reader of my blog or a recipient of my newsletter gets in touch.  So I want to say […]

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Jane Fonda’s Spring Vegetable Sauté

It was almost dark when I got home from work this evening, so Spring, it definitely is not. Autumn seems to have descended upon London this week, and along with it a teenager-style attitude to cooking which effectively is this: “I can’t be bothered to cook when I get in”. We all feel like that […]

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Jane Fonda’s Vegit With Cottage Cheese

Have you ever left something important on a bus?  I once got all the way up to my fourth floor flat late on a very rainy evening, and realised the moment I closed the door that I’d left a 6 pack of cold beer on the bus.  Oof.  Tonight I realised the moment I stepped […]

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Peter Fonda’s Breakfast Smoothie

I’ve had a couple of these for breakfasts during Jane Fonda month so far… I know that Jane loves a smoothie, and her brother’s version has had to stand in for the one she demonstrates in her video about breakfasts, as I did not have any PROTEIN POWDER around the place… But I do now! […]

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Jane Fonda’s Spaghetti in Spicy Peanut Sauce

I love Mondays.  I never go out on a Monday evening.  For me, it’s a night when I cook something nice to eat, and go to bed really, really early.  Tonight was no exception.  I made some of Jane’s spaghetti and I’m about to turn in – it’s 9.30pm. This recipe sounds a bit odd, […]

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Jane Fonda’s Salmon With Corn Sauce

I’ve done it my friends! I have done the Jane Fonda Workout! It was excellent fun.  I loved it!  Mind you, I was quite amazed at how flexible La Fonda was, and by contrast how feeble I was.  She is AMAZEBALLS in the workout video and can get her leg right up to her ear. […]

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Ralph Hertz’s Thousand Island Dressing

If anything can scupper my month of living like Jane Fonda by trying to eat healthily and exercise, it is THIS. If I was a chocoholic, I wouldn’t have a chocolate fountain in my house would I? So why, oh why, as a self-confessed-guilty-pleasure-style-slightly-ashamed-of-myself-addict do I have a huge Kilner jar of Thousand Island Dressing […]

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Jane Fonda’s Apple-Raisin Oatmeal

I have a day off work today to do some editing on the Columbo book.  As I’d heard Jane mention in her YouTube video about breakfasts that oats were good for the brain I decided to make myself some of her Apple-Raisin Oatmeal for breakfast.   In fact, Jane’s headnote to this recipe reinforces her […]

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Jane Fonda’s Granola

I made a batch of this to kick off my month of living like Jane Fonda – more about this coming soon….  It produced 2 x 1 litre Kilner jars of granola so lucky Mr Rathbone got one for scoffing on his holiday, and I kept one for myself. Now, this is not a CRUNCHY […]

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Frankie Avalon’s Spaghetti Sauce

Imagine my surprise to open the work fridge last week and find this in a door shelf. YES! It is back! I wrote a post back in May about Frankie Avalon’s Salad Dressing and my disappearing salad dressing bottle. Pinched from the work fridge for a second time!  One kind reader called Sherry even took the time […]

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Jane Fonda’s Tangy Tomato Drink

I have been wanting to make a Jane Fonda recipe ever since I saw this photo, which to my mind is the best movie star cooking photo EVER. and on Sunday, my friend Sanja gave me a gift.  This… which I didn’t even know existed.  Imagine my excitement!  So I have decided that September will […]

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When Bloggers Meet – Retro Food For Modern Times

Everyone agreed.  If you are going to make Vincent Price’s Tropical Chicken, you’d better get yourself to a funfair that has a coconut shy.  Because the coconuts you get from Waitrose are TOO SMALL to contain a whole chicken breast when chopped in half and hollowed out. If you read a lot of cooking blogs, […]

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Martin Landau’s Straight Up Martini

Very sad to hear about Martin Landau going to that Hollywood in the sky yesterday.  Had to cheer myself up a bit with a big helping of his very own Martini recipe.  Martin is one of my favourite Columbo villains and I’ve written about the episode he is in here…. If you wanted to have […]

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Fourth Annual Piathalon – Rum Pie

I absolutely LOVE internet cookalongs, and the first one I ever got wind of was over at Dinner is Served 1972.  At that point I wondered if I’d ever be invited to participate in one, like a schoolchild desperately hoping for an invite to the cool kid’s party.  But now I know that these things are […]

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