Happy 12th Birthday Silver Screen Suppers – my favourite dozen movie star recipes!

I can’t believe that I’ve been writing this blog for 12 years – goodness me.  So much has changed in that time.  When I began I was a broken-hearted singleton living on a houseboat on the Thames.  My tabletop cooker had to be turned on with a pair of pliers… Now I am a landlubber […]

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Boris Karloff’s Potted Shrimp

You need teeny tiny brown shrimp for this dish. I think that potted shrimp is a very, very British thing, and I’m not sure where else in the world you can get these little fellas. I’ve been doing some trawling around the net for info but I can’t work it out. It doesn’t help that […]

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Matchmaker’s Mexican Meal – James Garner’s Oklahoma Chilli, Eddie Albert’s Guacamole and Vincent Price’s Mexican Creamed Corn

Just over five years ago my neighbour Chloë sent a text asking if I was single.  She knew someone she thought I would hit it off with.  She set us up on a blind date and we are still together.  She’s a genius matchmaker! My blind date, now my soul mate, Mr Rathbone made a vegan […]

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David Bowie’s Shabu-Shabu

I cannot remember when I have had more fun cooking and eating my dinner.  This was quite the loveliest thing I have made in a donkey’s age. Greg of Recipes for Rebels and I had a lot of fun way back in February when we both made Anne Jackson’s English Muffins on the same day.  […]

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Yul Brynner’s Asparagus Salad

Another winner from Yul Brynner! I had some asparagus going rubbery in my fridge and, determined to use it up, I had it for my tea last night with not much else apart from a little salad.  It was lovely.  I was going to put a fried egg on top but forgot.  No matter, this […]

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Nanette Newman’s Goulash

I am in a book group and it is the only time I ever read fiction.  I’ve usually got about 35 books on the go, mostly food related.  When I saw the size of Bonfire of the Vanities, the pick for our next meet-up, I was a bit daunted.  It’s a big’un. Luckily, I wasn’t […]

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Sophia Loren’s Sardines a Beccafico

Just back from a wonderful four day holiday in Whitstable.  In a huge break with tradition, I left my laptop at home.  I am having a month without writing to rest my brain after all the Cooking With Columbo excitement.  Writing a blog post is writing of sorts of course, but I have a kind […]

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Michael Caine’s Chicken and Bacon Pie

When I heard that Gill of the Realweegiemidget Reviews blog was organizing a Michael Caine blogathon I really wanted to participate.   I was dying to make his Chicken and Bacon Pie but I couldn’t work out WHEN.  Life is so busy at the moment, I despaired of finding a free timeslot.  Then last Wednesday, wandering […]

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Johnny Cash Chili Columbo Bowl Roundup!

To celebrate Columbo’s 50th birthday and the launch of my new Cooking With Columbo book I organized a Columbo Bowl Chili Cook-Along and it was so much fun.   Here’s a map showing where in the world Johnny’s chili was rustled up!  Over 20 participants! Detroit resident Elizabeth Rottner, a fellow tweeter in the monthly […]

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Cooking With Columbo Book Launch

It was so lovely to have a get together with my friends and test cooks and have a little party to celebrate the launch of my Columbo book. Yes! It really exists! I can’t quite believe the book is out in the world, but it is!  It’s available on Amazon, via Smashwords, and soon you’ll […]

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Anne Jackson’s English Muffins

I had a rotten hangover on Saturday, so making muffins was a bit of a therapeutic affair.  This recipe is from my chum Greg’s book Recipes for Rebels – In the Kitchen With James Dean.   I just loved the fact that he was making these on Saturday too, and we exchanged photos of our […]

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Vincent Price’s Cioppino

If you have seen or read Julie and Julia you may remember that the Julia Child task that filled Julie Powell with the most fear was BONING A DUCK.  For me, the dish in the Cooking With Columbo book that most gave me the heebie-jeebies was this one, Cioppino.  Why? Because I fear the shellfish. I […]

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New York Steak Dabney Coleman

There’s always fun to be had when Columbo gets invited to a posh restaurant.  Sometimes he offends the suited and booted waiters by asking for a bowl of chili, but sometimes he enters into the spirit of the thing by ordering vast amounts of fancy food. Such is the case in the episode Columbo and […]

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Natalie Woods’ Huevos Rancheros

Natalie is in the news at the moment.  Will we ever know what really happened on that boat?  I doubt it.  It’s making me very sad reading about it.   I’ve written here before about how much I love Natalie, and I always think about her when I have Huevos Rancheros made to her recipe. […]

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Gloria Swanson’s Champagne Cocktail

I love Haggis with a passion, so I adore Burns Night. This year, I didn’t make my traditional Haggis pizza, I went to Battenburgbelle’s place where we had an amazing Scottish feast. Cathy cooked a delicious chicken stuffed with Haggis a la Nigel Slater, it turned out so deliciously moist, I am going to COPY […]

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The Columbo Bowl Chili Cook-along Has Begun!

Greg of Recipes for Rebels has created ANOTHER wonderful graphic for the cook-along, feel free to include it in your blog posts, print it out and frame it (which is what I’m going to do) or just appreciate the splendor of it! Just wanted to remind y’all that it’s happening, everyone is invited, and all […]

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Shirley Jones’ City Chicken

I am very lucky to have Mr Rathbone in my life.  He’s really good at proofreading.  On Sunday, he was in bed with the Cooking With Columbo proof copy, and I was in the kitchen making City Chicken.  Living the dream! I really love this “Meat on a Stick” and I had about half of […]

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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…  Cook up a chili wherever you are in the world and join in the fun. It’s to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Columbo being screened on TV – […]

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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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