Billy Connolly’s Stuffed Trout

Billy’s a bit modern for the Silver Screen Suppers blog, and he’s mostly remembered as a comedian rather than an actor here in the UK.  He is known as the BIG YIN… But he’s in Columbo, yes he is!  Hence I tried out his trout recipe for the forthcoming book. I think I’ve been a […]

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David Niven’s Jansson’s Temptation

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe ever since I had an email conversation with my beloved Michael MacMahon about Jansson’s Temptation.  I think it was after I had cooked the best film star recipe ever, Jocko Marx’s Herring Potatoes.  (the first time around…) This pot contained the most delicious meal I have ever made… I […]

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Vincent Price’s Beef Ragout

Ooh, I’ve got a little article over at the Vincent Price Legacy site about cooking with the BRAND NEW and JUST RELEASED Vincent Price Ale.  Can you imagine how amazing it will be to sip a beer with Vincent on the label?  I have some on order and will be snapping selfies left right and […]

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Robert Vaughn’s Fettucine Alfredo

Lipsmacking-thirstquenching-acetasting-motivating-hightalking-coolliving-evergiving PEPSI!  I tried to learn this once but I didn’t quite get there. I know I’ve missed something.  For the full monty, see here… Ha ha – I forgot loads.  Must try harder…. This dish by Robert put me in mind of this little ditty because it was, truly, utterly, lipsmackingly good.  It’s hardly […]

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Jocko Marx’s Herring Potatoes

Who is Jocko Marx, I hear you ask.  Well, it’s a good question.  According to a 1933 movie star cookbook he’s one of the 4 Marx Brothers.  For a debunking of this myth, see a previous blog post… Whoever he was, his signature dish is PHENOMENAL.  At least, it is how I make it – […]

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Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

I had a raging hangover on Saturday morning.  On Friday night I stayed up late at Mr R’s place, drinking beer and watching Madness videos.  I’d forgotten how good they were.  I think we watched this about 13 times… Cracks me up!  Heartily recommended watching, especially for all my readers across the pond who may […]

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Rue McClanahan’s Wonder Women Cookies

I love Rue.  Well, I love her character Blanche in The Golden Girls.  She’s in Columbo too: …hence her cookie recipe floated to the top of the test cooking pile.  These cookies are packed with good stuff – nuts, raisins, apricots etc., and they were really tasty, BUT, I don’t think I cooked them for […]

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Yul Brynner’s Sautéed Broccoli

This recipe is now a bit of a default way for me to cook up broccoli.  It’s easy and it’s tasty, and it always makes me laugh because… whenever Yul Brynner comes up in conversation I have a “Pavlov’s dog” type reaction to his name: and cannot stop myself from saying, “I really fancy Yul […]

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Hector Elizondo’s Tuna Pomodoro Bake

I don’t often get invited round to friends’ houses for dinner, except by the lovely Battenberg Belle. I tell myself it’s not because people don’t like me, but more that they think because I have a food blog, I am a really good cook. I’m not you know. And I will eat ANYTHING when I go […]

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Ricardo Montalban’s Asparagus Soup

This has been on the test cooking schedule FOR EVER. Mostly because I didn’t really like the sound of Asparagus Soup, but whaddya know? It was good! Quite subtle and sophisticated really, and sort of fluffy. Bubbly. Mostly because I blended it up in my soup machine, I think. As the only other recipe I […]

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Vincent Price’s Chicken Curry

For the Hedda Hopper night‘s dinner, I was planning a whole feast of curries made with the lovely spice mixtures prepared before your very eyes at Rafi’s Spice Box in Sudbury. But on the morning of the day, an email popped into  my inbox from one of my guests, entitled “Spice Alert” revealing that he wasn’t keen on […]

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Hedda Hopper Cocktails

Last time Angus and Clive came round to dinner they brought LOADS of booze, including a bottle of bourbon, from which only a sip was taken.  They refused to take it home with them at the end of the night, so I promised to make them some Hedda Hopper cocktails aka Malice In Hollywood #1 cocktails […]

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Irene Dunne’s Vinegar Chocolate Cake

This was perfect.  Am I allowed to say that about a cake I made myself?  I have Irene to thank for it of course, as her recipe is ace.  But I have made this quite a few times now and this time was the best.  I’m going to be a proper person, and write down […]

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Vincent Price’s Honey Buns

There is something very appealing about the recipe title “Honey Buns”, so it was destined that I make them at some point, and make them I did, for the Muswell Hill and District Horticultural Society Spring Show.  Now then, the Spring Show was a LONG time ago, and in fact the SUMMER Show is tomorrow. […]

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Columbo’s Favourite Sandwich

I have been celebrating the completion of the first draft of the Cooking with Columbo cookbook, with champagne and a special Columbo sandwich.  YES!  I am soooo excited.  Myrna Loy, Janet Leigh, Celeste Holm, Vincent Price, William Shatner and many other stars who have appeared on this blog, had guest star roles in Columbo.  Their […]

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Cary Grant Mushroom Canapés for the Cary Grant Festival

Oooh, how I wish I could be in Bristol this weekend.  They are having a Cary Grant Festival – it looks amazing.  One of the organisers Charlotte Croft emailed last year to ask if I would send Cary’s Mushroom Canapés recipe which I duly did.  They will be serving some of these delightful little morsels again this year, at […]

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Katherine Hepburn Brownies

Do you ever enter competitions?  My mum went through a phase of entering every competition going, often asking us kids to help with the tie-breakers.  Usually something along the lines of “Mr Kipling’s Cakes are…..” fill in the blanks…  I have a lovely coffee service that my mum won from Maxwell House in the 1970s…   […]

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Marilyn Monroe’s Stuffing Waffles

Time to say goodbye to Wookey Hole – Mr Rathbone is getting a new fridge freezer… I shall miss this guideline about how long things should be frozen for: I don’t have this on my freezer door.  Hence of course, I feel that I am at liberty to have bits of cheese and portions of Phyllis […]

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Vincent Price’s Hollandaise Sauce

I’ve been trying to perfect poached eggs, Vincent Price style, throughout my holiday week.  We always treat ourselves to stonking great big brunches when we are in Mersea, like this: So every day I’ve been experimenting with Vincent’s method of boiling eggs for 10 seconds before poaching in a whirlpool of water with a tablespoon […]

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Mia Farrow’s Fried Fish with Ginger Sauce

Surprise hit recipe! Ohhh, this was so good!  It’s so nice when a recipe comes along, that doesn’t look much on paper but turns out to be a winner.  So it was with this one. The fish was superb, bought fresh from the sea from the fishermen that caught it, off the coast of Mersea […]

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John Cassavetes’ Minted Beef

You know that you aren’t in London any more, when you are sitting in a pub garden and you hear someone say: “My horse loves Quavers.”  Then you turn around, and there are two Shetland Ponies having an afternoon out at the boozer. I’d totally forgotten I was wearing a cowboy hat until some geezer […]

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3rd Annual Pieathalon! Crème de Cacao Pie

It’s my fave cooking experiment of the year.  It’s the PIEATHALON!     The genius that is Yinzerella, who is maitre d’ of Dinner Is Served 1972, hosts this brilliant cookalong where weird pie recipes are swapped amongst a group of bloggers worldwide, and we all report our successes or failures.     I was excited […]

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Phyllis Diller’s Garbage Soup

My two best friends are Cathy – an excellent cook and proprietress of the Battenburg Belle cooking blog – and Heather, who has no interest in cooking whatsoever.  At least, she professes to have no interest in cooking, I don’t quite believe it. Last Saturday afternoon she came up from Hove and while I was pottering around […]

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Vincent (and Mary) Price’s Dark Mocha Cake

This is probably the BEST movie star chocolate cake recipe ever, BUT, a word of warning, do not think you can get up early to make this, and still get into work on time.  That is not going to happen. Our much beloved work colleague Luke resigned recently, much to everyone’s shock, and has gone […]

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