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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Robert Quarry’s Baked Chicken Vera

I wonder if Vera was a glamorous name in the 1980s in America when this recipe was published?  For me, the name Vera always brings to mind Vera Duckworth from Coronation Street, so the name of this recipe is kinda humorous for me… In a way, it is probably the kind of thing Vera Duckworth might […]

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Laurence Harvey’s Chicken Pie

This is it! The last of the Columbo cookbook recipes is tested! Whoopee! Well, the last of the core batch of recipes anyhow. It’s a chicken pie landmark… I’d been putting this one off as Laurence’s recipe is a bit odd. But it turned out to be really good. Several things about this recipe kept […]

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Jane Wyatt’s Beer Bread and a trip to Panary

Wowee!  I had an amazing day on Saturday with Master Baker Paul Merry and a baker’s dozen of Bread Angels!  In the idyllic setting of a beautiful watermill in Dorset, we kneaded, we folded, we baked, and more than anything, we laughed like drains… I’ve been on a major bread making journey since August 2014 when […]

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Diana Dors’ Breakfast Prunes

No sniggering at the back please! Prunes have all kinds of negative connotations here in the UK, I wonder if it is the same in other parts of the world?  Ah, I see from a quick Google around the block, that it is the same everywhere!   I am doing that thing that many, many […]

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Cher’s Minestrone Soup

Yesterday was James Dean’s birthday so I thought I’d make a little something from my chum Greg’s fabulous “In the kitchen with James Dean” cookbook Recipes for Rebels. There are so many fab recipes in this book (I’m looking at you Eartha Kitt’s Crocked Rabbit with Winter Vegetables) it was hard to choose, but as […]

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Ed Begley’s Citrus Dressed Asparagus

Ooh, another veggie one for the Columbo cookbook.  This is a super easy, but very nice way of perking up asparagus.   Seen here beside the very last recipe I needed to test for the book, Laurence Harvey’s Chicken Pie.   I’ve done it!  It was a gargantuan effort, and I’ve been piling on the […]

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George Hamilton’s Smoky Chicken

George’s recipe sounded very tasty on paper, and indeed, the result was really good.  But it is a tricky thing for a Brit to make due to amount of things our supermarkets don’t have in common with American ones…   I have moaned away on this blog before, about the fact we can’t get frozen […]

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Jose Ferrer’s Eggs Ferrer with Fried Potatoes

The key to this recipe is seasoning I think.  Plus giving your potatoes plenty of time to fry to get them all crispy and tasty.  I think I could have given these a bit longer… This is a very simple, but a fun way of using up leftover potatoes for breakfast or brunch I reckon.  Luckily […]

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Oskar Werner’s Wiener Schnitzel

I had a nice piece of veal left over from Lieutenant Columbo’s Veal Scallopini so I decided to rustle up a Weiner Schnitzel.  I love Oskar’s serving suggestion for this dish: lemon, beetroot, anchovies and capers. I love these fat, tasty anchovies from The Fickle Fish… I took the photo above, before I remembered about […]

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Robert Vaughn’s Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini

I think 2017 might be the year that I conquer my fear of the mushroom.  If I’m ever invited out to dinner at someone’s house and they ask if there is anything I don’t eat, mushrooms are top of the list.  Followed by aubergines and shellfish.  It’s a texture thing…  But actually, I don’t even […]

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Tyne Daly’s Lacey’s Key Lime Pie

Another first for January, Key Lime Pie.  Much discussion about the name of this pie with Mr R, the Key relates to the Florida keys right?  Aha, I see from Wikipedia that I am indeed right!  But more than that, Key limes are a particular type of lime that are “naturalized throughout the Florida keys”.  […]

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Rip Torn’s Omelet Mexicali

On Friday I took the day off work and spent the whole day in the kitchen baking bread for my nephew’s brewery.  All of these loaves have BEER in them.    On the day before a bread sale, there is frantic activity early morning making all the dough and poolishes (if that is a word) […]

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