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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Audrey Hepburn’s Penne a la Vodka

Mmm. This was really tasty. Sometimes you can look at the ingredients in a recipe and be fairly sure it’s going to be a hit. Such it is with Audrey’s pasta sauce. Butter, onion, tomato puree, vodka, Parmesan… It’s going to be good isn’t it? And it is. I love the book this recipe is […]

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Shera Danese’s Italian Stuffed Peppers

Turns out that Mr R has never eaten lobster either. What are we like? Such ingenues. I had some fresh lobster left over from Ray Milland’s Lobster Salad so I thought, oooohhhhh! Shera’s Stuffed Peppers. I’ve been meaning to try this recipe for ages. We had these on Saturday night and they were REALLY GOOD. […]

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Ray Milland’s Lobster Salad

I have never eaten lobster before. I’ve always thought of it as being a big prawn. And I’m not mad on prawns so why would I like lobster? But anyhow, Ray Milland’s Lobster Salad is on the test cooking schedule for the Columbo Cookbook so I had to try it!  Battenburg Belle was game to […]

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Johnny Cash Chilli

I wanted to make a batch of Johnny’s Chilli as close as I could to his recipe, using spices readily available here in the UK.  My chums Heather and Nathan were kind enough to bring me back some McCormick’s Chilli seasoning the last time they were in the States.  So I made a batch of […]

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Janet Leigh’s Cheese Soufflé

What a perfect spinster’s supper!  Janet is now one of my favourite stars, as her recipe is FOR ONE!  I just love it when I stumble upon a recipe that stipulates “Serves 1”, the most notable being Vincent Price’s Chicken in Pineapple.   This usually means no leftovers, and nothing to go in the frozen […]

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Vincent Price’s Fish Fillets Noord Zee

The lovely Peter Fuller has a fabulous new Vincent Price website and he asked me to write something about the glorious TV show that is Cooking Price-Wise, the series that my food hero presented on British TV in the 1970s. It was a really fun article to write, and for it, I cooked one of […]

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Marilyn Monroe Stuffing – as a WAFFLE!

Oh this was so good!  Almost as good as a Bird’s Eye Potato Waffle – ha ha!  I had some leftover stuffing in the freezer so I mixed it up with a beaten egg and bunged it in the waffle maker.  It was utterly delicious.  I am sad that that’s the last of the stuffing, […]

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Priscilla Lane’s Popcorn Balls

I hope that you all had a fabulous Easter.  I sure did.  Lots and lots and lots of food.  Plus lots and lots and lots of drinking.  A diet therefore ensues… Until then, here’s a link to the loveliness that is the Bibelot Magazine.  I’ve done a little piece about Priscilla Lane’s Popcorn Balls and […]

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Oskar Werner’s Wiener Schnitzel

Good fodder!  You can’t go wrong with a Wiener Schnitzel can you?!  This was GOOD!  I liked the garnish of beetroot, capers, lemon and anchovies very much indeed.   I found an index card knocking around my flat the other day.  Written on it in a drunken scrawl was the following: He was a bit […]

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