Peter Fonda’s Blender Breakfast

When did you first hear about chia seeds?  For me it was only a few months ago.  On the health food front I am definitely not what you would call an “early adopter”.  Also, I made my first ever smoothie only this year.  Deliciously Ella I am not.  What a tortoise… Mind you, the tortoise wins in […]

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Vincent Price’s Le Gratin Savoyard

I made this dish recently because the caretaker of my building threw away my cauliflower. Yes, a perfectly good cauliflower. But I guess it was my fault. I’d put it out on the fire escape because my old dinky fridge was too full, and it was cold out there. When I looked for it, it was […]

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Kim Novak’s Chiles Rellenos

This has been the week of the frozen archives.  My new fridge arrived on Friday and I am stupidly excited about it.  It’s a FRIDGEMASTER. Have you ever heard Ken Bruce’s music quiz POPMASTER on Radio 2?  If you have, you will know that I will be referring to my fridge as the FRIDGEMASTER in a kind […]

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Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

This is a photo of me, many moons ago, pretending to play a Wurlitzer dressed as Natalie Wood.  Why?  It’s a long story. I am almost at the stage where I know how to rustle up Natalie’s Huevos Rancheros without looking at the recipe.  It has become the default “Spinster’s Saturday” breakfast.  Mr R has to work […]

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Sophia Loren’s Fish Baked in Beef Stock

Divine!  As is tradition, while we are on our holidays on beautiful Mersea Island, staying in this fab fisherman’s cottage… we always buy freshly caught fish from the jetty, and make something film star related.  This recipe was a BIG HIT. I know nothing about fish, and to be honest, am rather nervous about cooking […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Rip Torn’s Omelet Mexicali

I’ve been receiving brilliant feedback from the lovely folks who have volunteered to test cook recipes for the Cooking with Columbo book.  There is still lots of time to join in – just check out the Columbo Cookbook page and choose something that takes your fancy. The first person to report back after my initial […]

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Nan Grey’s Shoestring Sweet Potatoes

I had a boyfriend once who could make chips.  Proper chips.  Like you would have here in the UK from a fish and chip shop.  I was always VERY impressed by this.  I have never, ever made chips.  Not even oven chips.  Until now.  Who knew it was so easy to do?  I’m guessing that […]

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Robert Quarry’s Texas Potato Salad

Quick as a flash, after the horrorfest that was Robert Quarry’s Beer and Cheese Soup, he has redeemed himself.  Mmmm – this is GOOD potato salad.  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE potato salad.  I always make it the same way though.  To my friend Alastair Hendy‘s recipe from Home Cook.  Man I […]

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Robert Quarry’s Beer and Cheese Soup

I should have loved this.  Beer.  Cheese.  Soup.  Three things I love.  Also bacon.  Alas, it was not the beer and cheese soup that was in my mind’s eye.  It was very weird. I think I made it look pretty good for the photo though…. The truly odd thing about it was the ball of butter […]

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Henry Fonda’s Spare Ribs With Sauerkraut

I have made a grown-up decision.  I am going to buy a new fridge.  The fridge I have in my rented flat is small and CRAMMED with jars and bottles.  It has a tiny freezer on top, also crammed with foodstuffs.  The main reason for getting a new fridge is for bread making purposes.  When […]

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Mary Astor’s Astor Painless Anaesthetic

It has been the week of the bad back.  Painkillers haven’t touched it.  Alternation of the application of a frozen slab of parsnip soup with a hot water bottle has had no impact.  The only thing that helps with the constant pain is BOOZE.  Luckily there is a new house cocktail – Astor’s Painless Anaesthetic – […]

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Sam Wanamaker’s Pear Preserve

Mmmm – I like!  This is, I think, the final of the core 69 recipes I’ve settled on for the episode specific dishes in the Cooking With Columbo book.  Sam Wanamaker directed the Grand Deceptions episode, and this is the recipe I’ll be recommending.  Unless, maybe, I can get hold of Robert Foxworth and persuade him […]

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Vincent Price Curry Demonstration Film

I learned something fundamental last week. You cannot stir a curry with one hand and try and film it on your iPhone with the other. The saucepan spins and spins and spins!  Just like the little coloured spinning wheel of death I get on my computer screen all the time, as my bedroom is an […]

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Hector Elizondo’s Baked Tomato Pasta

Ooh, this was DELICIOUS.  Soooooo good. So easy too.  Rustled up, scoffed up and washed up before sundown.  Fab for a week-night dinner. It’s a bit of a variation on another recipe I have from Hector, his Famous Pasta Pomodoro – similar ingredients, although no garlic in this one.  Cor.  Give this one a go […]

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Sharon Gless’ The Blonde’s Baked Beans

When I wrote about Tyne Daly’s favourite cocktail – The Greyhound my chum Lindy asked on Facebook if I had any recipes for Sharon Gless: and indeed I do.  Tyne and Sharon appeared together in groundbreaking kick-ass cop show Cagney and Lacey: If you are of a certain age, I can guarantee that you’ll have […]

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Kim Novak’s Chili Rellenos

Peel me a grape! Well, actually, peel me 24 of them, as Kim’s recipe calls for 2 dozen peeled grapes. On Friday I spent the day in my kitchen tending 4 batches of dough to make 20 loaves of bread to sell at my nephew’s brewery. I decided to make some of Kim’s Chili Rellenos […]

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Joan Crawford Cookbook Giveaway!

I cannot believe that Feud: Bette and Joan is over already! That just flew past. I am a few episodes behind though.  I don’t have a TV, a friend at work grabs the episodes for me and puts them on a memory stick so that I can watch on my laptop in bed. DON’T TELL […]

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Vincent Price’s Potato and Fish Chowder

I’ve been on a little holiday to Whitstable and very lovely it was too.  Four days in a fabulous and oh-so-peaceful little home from home, that was full of books and a beautiful orchid: It was a perfect place to write – and cook – and eat – and drink – and try to remember […]

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Party Like You Are Vincent Price!

I’m excited to let y’all know that my chum Peter Fuller is organising what promises to be a fabulous party on Tuesday 30th May in Islington, London.  All the details are on the Vincent Price London Legacy website here…. but for now just let me tell you that this is a MUST for all Vincent fans. […]

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Vincent Price’s Beef and Cauliflower on Rice

Vincent usually gets things absolutely perfect in his recipes, but this one was a bit screwy. Serves 6? Me and Vic ate the lot between the two of us! Perhaps we are just greedy…  Vic said: “Serves 6?  6 leprechauns maybe.” My ex is a different man since he had his near death experience.  I […]

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Joan Crawford Cookbook Giveaway!

I finally got to see episode one of Feud: Bette and Joan and I LOVED IT. So utterly brilliant! It’s got me wanting to cook like Joan again, so I’ve pulled out my copy of the Joan Crawford Cookbook (a book what I wrote) and am getting inspired… The book is available from www.blurb.com or […]

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Vincent Price’s Brunswick Chicken

More exciting news for Vincent Price fans! Some of you may know that Vincent and Mary’s Treasury of Great Recipes was reprinted and released in 2015 in a 50th anniversary edition. We had an amazing day here in London at Harrods for the book launch…   Me with Vincent and Mary’s daughter Victoria Well I’m pleased […]

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