Boris Karloff’s Potted Shrimp

One of the bad habits I have as a person prone to clutter is over-buying of ingredients. I’m not as bad as the people in Marie Kondo’s book who buy thousands of toilet rolls or stockpile hundreds of toothbrushes, but I am certainly guilty of it to a lesser degree when it comes to foodstuffs. […]

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Peter Fonda Blender Breakfast

Summer is a’coming in and mornings in my flat no longer involve breaking through icicles to get into the kitchen. Therefore the Easy Rider Smoothie is BACK! I really love this smoothie, I love the taste of the spirulina and it really feels like a HEALTH TONIC. I feel many more of these happening over the […]

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Living My Life Like Jean Harlow

When I think of Jean Harlow, I always think of her like this… so when I saw that my lovely internet chum Samantha of Musings of a Classic Film Addict was co-hosting a Jean Harlow Blogathon I thought to myself, I’m going to spend a whole day in bed wearing a sequined negligee, eating chocolates […]

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Jan Smithers’ Mixed Grain Brown Bread

It’s Real Bread Week here in the UK and on Saturday I rustled up a loaf to Jan’s recipe. This recipe marks the start of me testing for the Murder, She Cooked book and is up for grabs over at the Murder, She Wrote Cookalong page. I’ve been thrilled about how many people have signed […]

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Tessie O’Shea Butt-Chive Cheese Shrimps

Yep, you read that right! Butt-chive! It’s time for February’s Tessie O’Shea recipe. It’s from chapter 2 of her brilliant Slimming Cookbook in the Hors D’Oeuvre and Snacks section Naturally I chose it because of the recipe title. Tessie likes to shorten words so butt is short for butter, just in case you were tittering […]

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Living My Life Like Angela Lansbury

In her brilliant book Postitive Moves Angela Lansbury gives women of a certain age lots of excellent advice on living a healthy, vibrant life. As I AM a woman of a certain age, I decided to follow her life plan for a day. I lived my life like Angela Lansbury and loved every minute. I […]

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Vincent Price’s Oatmeal Lace Cookies

It’s been a while since there was a FAIL in the Silver Screen Suppers kitchen, but these cookies were most definitely a fail. I’d never made them before and I was making them in advance of my “Living My Life Like Angela Lansbury Day” (blog post coming very soon about that…) I do not blame […]

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William Shatner’s Deluxe Burgers

Sometimes I cook a movie star recipe and for some unknown reason, I don’t blog about it immediately after I cook it. Then of course, tempus fugit and I forget the dish even existed. Such is the case with these burgers. This recipe was included in my Cooking With Columbo cookbook in the “extra recipes” […]

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Martin Landau’s Vodka Martini Straight Up

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours…. Yes! I am so lucky that I have good neighbours. Here’s a little tale about a lovely encounter I had with a neighbour on the bus home on a Friday evening recently. I do not know her name, but she is fab. Planning to go to my “bring a bottle […]

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Carol Channing’s Hello Dolly Cookies

I was really sad to hear that Carol Channing had gone to the Hollywood in the sky recently. I was lucky enough to meet her once and she was a STITCH. In this photo, she has just told me and my chum Caroline a very rude joke about Tallulah Bankhead. Yes, we are holding hands […]

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Dinner and a Movie – The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

I was beside myself with excitement when I saw that my fave food mag Delicious Magazine has a new column called Kay and Fred’s Movie Night. Kay Plunkett-Hogge and her partner Fred will be selecting a movie and suggesting a meal to have alongside it each month. Whoopee! The first recipe was utterly fabulous – […]

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Angela Lansbury’s Garden Vegetable Soup

On Sunday I am planning to live a whole day like Angela Lansbury. I am going to follow her guide to healthy eating… and I am going to do the Positive Moves workout… Then in the evening I am going to watch Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher’s Chowder? because I’ll be writing about […]

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David Niven’s Fish Cakes

I am a person who likes to follow a recipe. I am not a freestyler. But I make an exception for David Niven. I love his fish cakes recipe, because he basically issues a carte blanche for making them however the hell you like. So here’s his recipe, just as he wrote it… Take any […]

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Tessie O’Shea’s Slimming Breakfast

Some foodie chums over on Twitter issued a cooking challenge at the end of last year. Select a mad cookbook and make stuff from it throughout 2019. My choice is the Tessie O’Shea’s Slimming Cookbook. There are several reasons behind my selection… 1 – I need to slim down a bit after the excesses of […]

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Columbo Podcast and Book Giveaway

There’s a chance to win a copy of the Cooking With Columbo cookbook on the airwaves at the moment – closing date for entries is 20th January 2019. If you skip over to this link you’ll be able to listen to the most excellent Just One More Thing podcast. The Usual. Somebody Killed Somebody. I […]

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Recipe of the Month – Roland Young Rissoles

Do you still have leftover turkey and ham and stuffing and pigs in blankets knocking around in your fridge or freezer? This is my FAVOURITE way of using up Xmas bits and bobs. You can, of course, make this from scratch, I’m sure that would be delicious too. But what I love about this recipe […]

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Corinne Griffith’s Edna’s Christmas Pudding

I had a lovely, lovely Christmas with my folks. Hope yours was good too dear reader. Here’s a glimpse of the kind of delicious fare that was on offer chez Ma and Pa Hammerton in Suffolk… This was the Boxing Day feast. There was of course, my mum’s legendary trifle! Corinne Griffith’s recipe for “Edna’s […]

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Diet Breakfast

I went back to basics recently as I know there is an awful lot of eating and drinking ahead over the next couple of weeks. I had an Elizabeth Taylor breakfast of one piece of unadorned toast, a cup of coffee and an apple. It was so simple and actually pretty delicious. If you have […]

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Vincent Price’s Chicken Livers en Brochette

It was the idea of TOAST POINTS that made me want to try this recipe.  I had never heard of such a thing before and now I am obsessed with the idea of serving TOAST POINTS with everything.  Not least because in a recently watched Murder, She Wrote, a waiter noted that a particular dish […]

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Jennifer Jones’ Sour Cream Molasses Cake

Oooh, I do NOT like making cakes.  I find it toooooo stressful!  BUT, there is always an upside.  People love homemade cake, even if you think it is a disaster. Not actually my cake.  Someone else’s cake wreck. So it was with Jennifer’s cake.  We were having a bake sale at work in aid of […]

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Merle Oberon’s Goodwood Herrings

In my massive decluttering purge I came across this recently… It was in a box of paperwork from a house I lived in about 15 years ago and I have no recollection of buying it, but it has brought me a lot of fun just recently. I put a photo of it on Instagram and […]

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Christmas Cooking With Columbo Cookbook Giveaway!

The authority on all things Columbo, the wonderful LC who runs the genius Columbophile website… is running a competition to win a copy of my Cooking With Columbo book – well 3 copies actually! Competition is open until 16th December – get amongst it! The Cooking With Columbo cookbook has episode guides for all 69 […]

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Elisha Cook Jr’s Beef Stroganoff “Black Bird” vs Harry Morgan’s Stroganoff with Vincent Price’s Pimento Rice

I am a big fan of stroganoff as it is quick and easy to make on a weeknight and feels like a BIG TREAT.  I have made two movie star versions recently – both destined for the Vincent Price Co*Star cookbook.  They were both delicious (although not very photogenic) but I think in the taste […]

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Pat Phoenix’s Jacket Potato

It was double days at my nephew’s brewery recently and I had an absolutely fab time.  On Saturday I had my little pop-up bread and mustard shop, I made some pumpkin fougasse to get in the Halloween mood. Then on Monday myself, Ma Baker and Battenburgbelle got amongst it being “brewers for the day”. This […]

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Jane Asher’s Chicken in a Pumpkin

Have you heard of turducken?  It’s a “dish consisting of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, further stuffed into a deboned turkey.” Blog reader Melanie asked if Jane Asher’s Chicken in a Pumpkin should be called a pumpricken – hahahahahahahah! When I saw this photograph in Jane Asher’s Easy Entertaining cookbook with the chicken’s little […]

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