Mary Astor’s Celery Crisps

Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice.  I mean Bibelot, Bibelot, Bibelot… My new guest post is up on the lovely Bibelot blog this week….  These little crispy celery sticks are really, really tasty.  Surprisingly so… So if you’d like to know how to make them, nip over to Bibelot…

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Bette Davis’ Marmalade Cake for Hippfest

It was lovely to get a mention in The Scotsman last week… it put the wind up me a bit though…  I have no idea where they got the notion that I’d be making a Bette Davis Marmalade cake!  It’s not exactly going to be a “retro afternoon dinner party” either but I do like […]

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Shirley Temple Cocktails

I’m getting very excited about my Taste of the Silver Screen workshop at the Hippfest Silent Cinema Festival in Bo’ness in Scotland on Sunday. I’ve been doing lots of maths to work out how many slices of bread I need for 250 canapes, and roughly estimating how many capers are in a standard sized jar.  […]

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Theodore Bikel’s Glorified Meat Loaf

My penpal and fellow film star recipes fan, Greg of Recipes4Rebels, sent me a meat loaf recipe recently that had raisins in it.  I was a bit alarmed.  Still, as I have discussed here at length previously, we Brits don’t know anything about meat loaf, apart from what we have learned from Joan Crawford and […]

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Chicken Steamed in Wine

I’m often asked what my favourite film star recipe is.  This one would be in the top ten for sure.  It’s so easy, and so delicious.  It’s absolutely fail-safe, so I chose it for the book group when I couldn’t find my Cooking Price-Wise book… Becky had requested that I make Vincent’s Chicken in Vermouth […]

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Jocko Marx’s Herring Potatoes

Straight in with a bullet to NUMBER ONE in the Silver Screen Suppers Hit Parade, is Jocko Marx with his Herring Potatoes.  I really think that is the most delicious dinner I have made in over 9 years of cooking film star recipes. It’s one of those recipes you look at and think, “this could […]

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Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

My lovely chum Nathalie Morris has written a fab piece on the bfi website about Katharine’s Brownies.  Check it out here… Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies I’ve had variable results with Katharine’s recipe (good batch – bad batch) but this might be due to the fact I use the Ladies Home Journal version of Katherine’s recipe, in […]

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Recipe of the Month – Sophia Loren’s Sophia Sauce

March already tomorrow?  Crikey!  Sophia was pulled out of the pack for this month’s recipe: and there were plenty to choose from.  Sophia is definitely an expert cook, she’s written several cookbooks… The one below I really want to get hold of, the cover is so lipsmackingly gorgeous… and this more recent one, which is […]

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William Shatner’s Garlic-Lime Chicken

I can’t tell you too much about this chicken apart from that it was GOOD.  The moral of the story is, if you don’t write about it soon after you have cooked it, you won’t remember a blinking thing about it.  I made it for “me, myself and I” one weekday night after work, what […]

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Mariposa’s Canapes D’Amour

Bibelot, bibelot, bibelot.  What a lovely word.  And what a lovely magazine my fabulous matchmaking neighbour Chloe Owens has created…   It is absolutely gorgeous – check it out – Bibelot – mmmmmmm. I’ve written a little something for the magazine, it includes a recipe for Canapes D’Amour from the Hollywood Glamour Cook Book.  Look […]

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Dick Van Dyke’s Breast of Chicken Florentine

What springs to mind when you think of Dick Van Dyke?  Is it this? Me too.  Until recently.  Now it will be this: Dick’s chicken recipe was tops.  It led to a rousing rendition of “Chick-Chick-eree, Chick-Chick-eree Chick-Chick Che-roo” from Mr Rathbone and a puffed up chest by me, as it turned out so well.  […]

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Oscars Night – Joan Crawford Meatloaf

Are you having an Oscars party? Here in the UK it starts around midnight but I know quite a few people who will be pulling an all-nighter to watch the antics. I might get someone to record it for me, then I will walk around all day on Tuesday with my fingers in my ears […]

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Oskar Werner’s Cucumber Salad

This was fab.  Really refreshing and zingy.  Mmm.  Cucumbers are a fruit! (said in a Vincent Price voice…)  This recipe came to me via a reader of the Silver Screen Suppers blog who is now a penpal – Greg Swenson.  Greg is as obsessed with film star recipes as I am.  He’s writing a James […]

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Vincent Price’s Scotch Shortbread

I was single for 8 years (with some little hiccups along the way) so I do know what it’s like when Valentine’s Day is on the horizon and you haven’t got a significant other.  But this year, as last, I do have a lovely Valentine and I’m very happy about that.  So tonight I made […]

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Vincent Price’s Buckingham Eggs

It’s my annual spinster’s day!  I do so love to have a day to myself now and then, doing exactly whatever the hell I like.  Today is such a day.  I am on annual leave, and still in my pyjamas at 1pm with no intention of getting out of them. I’ve done my weekly drawing.  […]

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Lee Grant’s Chicken Malibu

Here is a really good chicken recipe from Lee, who I love.  Soon after I’d cooked this I did some rummaging around on the internet and I discovered that she had recently published her autobiography.  I snapped it up, raced through it and heartily enjoyed it.  Lee was blacklisted for years during the McCarthy era […]

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Sophia Loren’s Pizza Alla Napoletana

My dad once told me that when he was younger, Sophia was his favourite pin-up.  Is it any wonder? There are probably more photos of Sophia Loren with food knocking around the internet than any other actress.  This is partly of course because she loves to cook, and has written a couple of cookbooks… Those […]

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Guild of Food Writers Butter Workshop

Have you ever gorged on fondue and woken up the next day feeling as though your whole body is composed of cheese?  I have, a couple of times.  Tonight I went to a fantastic “Butter Workshop” organised by the Guild of Food Writers and have eaten my body weight in butter. Yum yum. I will […]

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Vincent Price’s Genoa Pizza

Have you ever had haggis on a pizza?  I did on Burns Night and it was DELICIOUS!  It was my chum Nathan who came up with this idea and he guided me through the process at a pizza extravaganza for 6 at Silver Screen Suppers Towers on Burns’s birthday. Whisky sauce made to this recipe, […]

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Patrick O’Neal’s Ragout de Boeuf de Bourguignon

Mmm.  Boeuf de Bourguignon…  This was delicious but more mushy than Burt Lancaster’s version, I guess that’s what makes it a ragout? Patrick O’ Neal obviously knew what he was doing food-wise, not only was his recipe really good, he actually had his own eateries back in the day including this one… I’m going to […]

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Vincent Price’s Chicken Curry

Things are hotting up here in advance of Victoria Price’s visit to London to launch the 50th Anniversary edition of The Treasury of Great Recipes.  I’m involved in planning an event that will combine a film screening with a feast of food based on recipes in the Treasury.  It’s not until November but I’m already […]

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Ross Martin’s Beef in Anchovy Cream

You know that feeling when you have the very first mouthful of something, and you can’t help but close your eyes at the sheer deliciousness of it?  So it was with Ross Martin’s Beef in Anchovy Cream, made for our New Year’s Eve din dins.  I’m going to make very grand claims for this recipe.  […]

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Hollywood Burns Night Special!

Are you revving up for Sunday?  I’ve got tartan serviettes and the most awesome Scottish themed shot glasses at the ready for our wee drams.  Photos will follow!  For now though, here’s a link to my January column over at Eat Drink Films where you’ll find recipes for Stuart Erwin’s Scotch Soup and Andy Clyde’s […]

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Anne Baxter’s Malibu Tuna Fish Supreme

Supreme?  In what way is this supreme Anne?  I’m disappointed in you!  Mind you, I should have known just by reading the ingredients, but I liked the SOUND of it, so I decided to make it.  A good recipe name can do a lot of convincing sometimes.  Perhaps it was the Malibu part that tempted […]

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Roddy McDowall’s Red Cabbage

I love red cabbage and I made some of this to accompany the Corinne Griffith’s duck that we had at Mr R’s place over the festive season (recipe of the month January 2015 if you fancy trying it…) The day I decided to make it I saw a post over at My Custard Pie about […]

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Vincent Price’s Pineapple Nut Bread

My life has been changed forever by this book, I hope… A fair bit of toot and 30 books have left the building already, and there will be more sliding out the door over the next 6 months.  For that’s how long the process is going to take methinks, but I am ON IT.  As […]

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