Elizabeth Taylor’s Chicken Steamed in Wine

Battenburgbelle is writing a cookbook.  It’s mostly for her daughter (my Goddaughter) who will be flying the nest soon and BB wants her to have a collection of recipes that are do-able for a beginner.  She asked if I would contribute something and I can’t think of anything better than Elizabeth’s recipe for chicken. I […]

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Mary Carlisle’s Bacon and Cheese Omelet

I’m very glad that my work colleague James tipped me off to an obituary in yesterday’s Guardian because that led me to check on my recipe spreadsheet to see what I had for Mary Carlisle. I’d fully intended making Lee Grant’s Mozzarella Marinara for my dinner tonight as I’m going to be writing about this for […]

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Pearl Bailey’s Jean’s Broccoli

Whose broccoli would win in a fight?  Pearl Bailey’s or Yul Brynner’s?  There’s only one way to find out! Well, looking back on my previous entry for Pearl’s broccoli I see that I’d decided Pearl’s was the best, but now I announce, I have changed my mind.  They are both very good, but having had […]

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Yul Brynner’s Sautéed Broccoli

I’ve been on a virtual reality writing retreat this month at Camp NaNoWriMo – it’s the 8th time I’ve participated and the 1st time I’ve hit my target early.  2 days early in fact! Yeah!  I am a WINNER.  I decided to pat myself on the back with some broccoli.  But not just any broccoli, Yul Brynner […]

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Diana Dors’ Artichoke Bean Bowl

Remember I announced to the world via the blog that I was on a diet about 3 weeks ago?  Well, I’m happy to report that the pounds are actually leaving the body.  Thanks to Jane Fonda, Elizabeth Taylor, and Diana, I am reducing to suit fashion.  Extra exercise is helping too… But I think the main […]

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Anne Baxter’s Genuine Swiss Quiche

I think that one of the secrets of adulthood is that once you have found a good recipe for something, you just stick with it. If I want to make a potato salad, I always make the one in my chum Alastair Hendy’s Home Cook cookbook. If I have a yearning for cauliflower cheese it’ll […]

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Test Cook Report – George Hamilton’s Smoky Chicken

Hot on the heels of Bethany B.’s report on Brenda Vaccaro’s T-E-R-R-I-F-I-C Italian Sausages, here’s what she thought of the George Hamilton’s Smoky Chicken recipe.  As we Brit’s can’t get hold of frozen juice for love nor money, I replace it with Cointreau which works like a charm.  I’m sure Grand Marnier would be good […]

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Peter Fonda’s Blender Breakfast

In the modern world, a “blender breakfast” might be better known as a smoothie.  Mmmmmm – this is so good.  I love it and I always feel very virtuous and slightly smug when I have one.  Here’s Peter’s original recipe   and here’s my version.  I use spirulina which makes it a lovely colour and […]

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Vincent Price’s House Bread

I have great affection for Vincent’s House Bread.  Not because it is the greatest loaf I ever made but because it is the FIRST loaf I ever made.  Way back in 2011 during the Vincentennial year – click here for my blog post about it. I was SO pleased with myself, haha!  I think making […]

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Jane Fonda’s Vegetable Lasagne

Fluorescent green is not a colour you see very often when cooking, but the unusual spinach sauce in this dish is positively radio-active! I loved the easy method of making the saucy part of this lasagne (bunging everything into a blender and zapping it until it becomes a sauce) and did have a good laugh […]

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Diana Dors’ Flageolet Beans With Tuna

I have purchased some fancy new scales that measure body fat and all sorts.  It is official.  My BMI chart declares I am CHUBBY. Therefore, I diet. I wanted the postcard where the weighing machine says, “One at a time please!” but couldn’t find it… I have some chums that will help me through this […]

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Rue McLanahan’s Wonder Women

Being a guest on the Jonny Trunk OST show on Resonance FM was an absolute HOOT.   Do have a listen sometime – here is the link.   Ooh, and I’ve worked out how to embed it too. I had soooooooo much fun.  We chatted about the Columbo cookbook and Jonny ran a competition to win […]

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Sophia Loren’s Fish Baked in Beef Stock

I am on holiday – yippee!  But, if you are a burglar reading this, I have a big dog with sharp teeth looking after my flat. Here on Mersea Island every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon you can buy fish directly from the fishermen on the jetty.  I love it! Yesterday there were lots of flatfish […]

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Dinner and a Movie – Madhouse (1974)

From June 1-3, 2018, Vincent Price Legacy UK and Silver Screen Suppers are taking part in a fantastic blogathon celebrating all things Amicus and Hammer, hosted by Cinematic Carthasis and Realweegiemidget Reviews, and we’ve picked Scream and Scream Again and Madhouse as our two choices to blog about. I’m serving up some devilishly ghoulish fare, […]

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Happy 12th Birthday Silver Screen Suppers – my favourite dozen movie star recipes!

I can’t believe that I’ve been writing this blog for 12 years – goodness me.  So much has changed in that time.  When I began I was a broken-hearted singleton living on a houseboat on the Thames.  My tabletop cooker had to be turned on with a pair of pliers… Now I am a landlubber […]

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Boris Karloff’s Potted Shrimp

You need teeny tiny brown shrimp for this dish. I think that potted shrimp is a very, very British thing, and I’m not sure where else in the world you can get these little fellas. I’ve been doing some trawling around the net for info but I can’t work it out. It doesn’t help that […]

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Matchmaker’s Mexican Meal – James Garner’s Oklahoma Chilli, Eddie Albert’s Guacamole and Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn

Just over five years ago my neighbour Chloë sent a text asking if I was single.  She knew someone she thought I would hit it off with.  She set us up on a blind date and we are still together.  She’s a genius matchmaker! My blind date, now my soul mate, Mr Rathbone made a vegan […]

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David Bowie’s Shabu-Shabu

I cannot remember when I have had more fun cooking and eating my dinner.  This was quite the loveliest thing I have made in a donkey’s age. Greg of Recipes for Rebels and I had a lot of fun way back in February when we both made Anne Jackson’s English Muffins on the same day.  […]

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Yul Brynner’s Asparagus Salad

Another winner from Yul Brynner! I had some asparagus going rubbery in my fridge and, determined to use it up, I had it for my tea last night with not much else apart from a little salad.  It was lovely.  I was going to put a fried egg on top but forgot.  No matter, this […]

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Nanette Newman’s Goulash

I am in a book group and it is the only time I ever read fiction.  I’ve usually got about 35 books on the go, mostly food related.  When I saw the size of Bonfire of the Vanities, the pick for our next meet-up, I was a bit daunted.  It’s a big’un. Luckily, I wasn’t […]

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