Test Cook’s Report – Tyne Daly’s Key Lime Pie

Here’s a test cook report from my lovely writer chum Sarah Broughton in Cardiff.  I don’t see Sarah as often as I would like, but I’ll never forget when we spent a long weekend working on our short novels during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) many moons ago.  I hope I’m not breaking the official […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Columbo’s Veal Scallopini

I had SUCH a lovely surprise in the post this week.  Lovely food illustrator Miriam Figueras sent me this AMAZING illustration of  Columbo in his chef’s hat!     Isn’t it wonderful?  He will forever be in my kitchen, keeping an eye on my cooking.  Thank you so much, Miriam.  Such a sweet and thoughtful […]

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The Columbo Bowl Chili Cook-along

I’m throwing a party and everyone is invited!  It’s a Virtual Reality Book Launch Columbo Chili Cook-along Party!  The Columbo Bowl for short… It’s to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Columbo being screened on TV – on 20th February 1968 – plus the publication of my book – scheduled for 20th […]

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Diana Rigg’s Goulash

I’ve got my head down finishing work on the Columbo cookbook – publication date is 20th February – eek!  I’m going to continue working my way through all the wonderful feedback I’ve had from those of you who have kindly tested recipes for me and create posts for each one.  At the moment I’m only […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Jack Cassidy’s City Chicken

Rebecca and Jim emailed out of the blue and offered to test cook something for me.  They both work at the awesomely named Choccywoccydoodah in Brighton and found the Silver Screen Suppers blog as they are Columbo fans and were looking for recipes.  Brilliant.     I’ve never been to Choccywoccydoodah but I am putting […]

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Merry Christmas From Silver Screen Suppers

Wishing all my lovely readers a super-dooper festive season full of fun, laughter, good food, and plentiful booze. Thanks so much to all of you who have been in email contact over the past year, it makes me so happy to hear from you. Special thanks to all those who have been testing recipes for […]

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Joan Crawford’s Danti-Chips

To celebrate the fact that Feud: Bette and Joan has its UK premiere TONIGHT  I thought I’d suggest her recipe for Danti-Chips as a fun snack for you to rustle up.  When I launched the Joan Crawford cookbook in 2014     I organised a virtual reality launch party and lots of folks all around […]

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George Hamilton’s Smoky Chicken

This is a tricky recipe for those based in the UK as it calls for a lot of things we can’t easily get here, notably frozen orange juice.  I wanted to give this another run through for the book as I’d read somewhere that BOOZE could be used in place of frozen orange juice and I fancied […]

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The Faye Dunaway Cocktail

Had these last night to kick off my birthday celebrations. Why am I writing a blog post on my BIRTHDAY? Because Mr R is still asleep and I am over excited, so I am up and sitting by the gas fire waiting for festivities to begin.  We have SNOW in London today for the first […]

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Test Cook Report – Valerie Harper’s Summer Squash

I am a Bread Angel!  It’s a network of wonderful home bakers who teach, make bread to sell in their local communities, run micro-bakeries, and often do wonderfully altruistic things involving bread.  Our motto is “Bake Well. Do Good”.  Isn’t that fabulous?   I have met lots of wonderful people through the Bread Angels network […]

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Jeanette Nolan’s Sizzling Liver and Walnuts

I’m hoping that my friend Michelle is going to test this one for me here in the UK because I have had to make a couple of major substitutions in this recipe for non-America based cooks.  Firstly, we can’t get condensed beef consommé for love nor money here… and steak sauce is as rare as […]

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Olympia Dukakis’ Greek Meatballs

I am a huge fan of Olympia Dukakis.  I love her in Moonstruck (my guilty pleasure) and I love her as Anna Madrigal in Tales of the City.   She’s just ace.  Plus, I know now, she really can cook.  Because these meatballs are divine. Oooh they were good!  I knew they would be when […]

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Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

Been thinking about my friend Greg today over at Recipes for Rebels and sent him good, good vibes from halfway across the world as I cooked this dish.   I am loving my new cast iron frying pan… This is the first dish I ever cooked from his fabulous cookbook, and indeed the very first […]

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Diana’s Dors’ Breakfast Bean Omelette

I have a lovely Diana Dors story to tell, and I have saved it until December because BEHOLD THE SPLENDOUR OF THE DIANA DORS ADVENT CALENDAR! Blog reader Sam Dwyer tipped me off to the existence of this bit of superbness, and I immediately bought two.  One for me and one for Mr Rathbone.  But do […]

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Cooking With Joan Crawford

Date for your diaries UK based chums! Feud: Bette and Joan starts on BBC2 on Saturday, December 16th with a double episode – whoop whoop!  I got a sneaky peak of the series when it aired in the USA and I absolutely loved it. It’s event TV folks!   I just wanted to remind you, that […]

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Vincent Price’s Buckingham Eggs

I woke up craving these today, and luckily I had the wherewithal about the place to make them. I’m on a writing retreat this weekend. But a writing retreat in my own bed. Lovely. Not – actually – me. I consider Buckingham Eggs to be my ultimate Spinster Saturday breakfast. A little bit self-indulgent, but […]

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Columbo’s Black and White Ice Cream Soda

It’s that time again…  It’s the #ColumboTV tweetalong tomorrow night and the episode is… In this episode, the Lieutenant rustles himself up a Black and White Soda.  I had no idea what this was, but the power of the internet has revealed it contains vanilla ice-cream, chocolate syrup, club soda, whipped cream and a cherry.  So […]

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Juliet Mills’ Hoppin’ John

I’ve had to do a last minute recipe switch for the Columbo cookbook. I realised that I’d included a recipe for Hayley Mills, but it is, in fact, Juliet Mills who appears in the No Time to Die episode. It’s a good thing I realised, not least because that would have been a big, big, […]

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Lieutenant Columbo’s Omelet / Omelette

If I met someone who had never seen an episode of Columbo, I think I would recommend Murder By The Book as the one to start with.  It’s superb in so many ways…  Not least… but also… Credit is due for the screengrabs to the amazing Colombophile But the best thing about it, for my purposes, […]

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Ian McShane’s Salmon With Watercress Sauce

Ooh, this was GOOD.  I followed the recipe in this Sainsbury’s advert… But you know what?  From the minute that advert starts, you realise that times have changed since 1992. I totally remember the days when you went to a supermarket and you got a weird looking slice of fish that looked like Ian’s, a […]

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