Columbo’s Hard Boiled Eggs

I have been celebrating the completion of the second draft of the Columbo cookbook with the Lieutenant’s favourite snack.  Hard boiled eggs.  Behold my new guilty pleasure. Yes, I realise it’s the laziest thing in the world to buy pre-boiled, hard boiled eggs.  But look, they are BLUE! These just tickle me, and I will […]

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James Mason’s Mason’s Mogen David Pudding

After looking at the recipe for this, Mr Rathbone said: “I’ve got a bad feeling about James Mason’s Pudding.”  I will admit, it’s very odd.      No baking temperature was specified by Mr Mason, so I did a bit of guesswork and figured I should cook it at a rice pudding sort of temperature […]

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Xavier Cugat’s Samba Sauce

2nd recipe for Mogen David week was Xavier’s Samba Sauce.  Surprise, surprise, this was good too!  I used button chestnut mushrooms and the sauce looked cute, and tasted lovely.  I think the Worcestershire sauce was the key ingredient in smoothing out the Mogen David.  I used sweet paprika, but I’m guessing Xavier would have used […]

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Marlene Dietrich’s Scrambled Eggs

At the weekend I was on writing retreat, and I had a lovely time.  Two whole days of nothing but tip tapping away on my laptop in bed, with the heated blanket on.  No housework, no admin, no de-cluttering, no shopping, nothing except writing and a little bit of cooking and a vast amount of coffee […]

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Theodore Bikel’s Glorified Meatloaf

Once a month I participate in a Columbo tweet-along, it is a blast.  Folks all around the world press “play” at the same time, for the same episode, and the tweeting madness begins, all viewable via the #ColumboTV hashtaggery.  This Saturday we all watched The Bye Bye Sky High Murder Case episode.  The villain of […]

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Celeste Holm’s Celestial Chicken

Oooh, I liked this!  I think it had a lot to do with the convivial atmosphere that was in the air when I was making it.  I was cooking at Battenburg Belle’s house.  And she has a super dooper new Le Creuset pan which I am coveting… Celeste was a bit vague on the cooking […]

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Eat Like the Stars – Elizabeth Taylor

Regular readers may remember that I used to have a monthly column over at the wonderful Eat Drink Films website.  Well, this lovely intenet magazine is now an intermittant arrival in my inbox, rather than a weekly one, and I’m happy to say that the last piece I wrote for them is now up on […]

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Vincent Price’s Goulish Goulash

It’s HALLOWEEEEEEEN!  We’ll it’s the day before Halloween but here in the UK it seems everyone is dressing up and going bonkers all weekend… I got a nice message from a reader of the blog, Mark Brisenden to say that he’s mentioning me on his radio show today – how lovely! Here’s a link to […]

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BREAD and MUSTARD!

Just a very quick post for any North Londoners amongst you… It’s been a bit quiet over at Silver Screen Suppers Towers lately due to my new found obsession with making bread and mustard with my nephew’s beer. He has resurrected the dormant family business The Hammerton Brewery.  Based in Islington, a stone’s throw from […]

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Dick Emery’s Potato Crusted Meatloaf

Oh what a glorious thing it was to see! I made this for Vic (who had gifted me the most excellent Dick Emery Cookbook) and Corinna, one school night the other week.  We drunk much Mateus Rose (Vic’s new drink of choice) and much beer, and recited many of Dick’s catchphrases. Ooh!  You are awful, […]

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Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

Ahh, the splendour of Natalie’s Huevos Rancheros, now probably my default Saturday breakfast.  Even when engaged in baking 14 loaves of beer bread, a couple of Saturdays ago: I managed to rustle some up, to give me sustenance.  I added some red peppers to Natalie’s recipe, as I had some that needed using up.  Other […]

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Billy Connolly’s Stuffed Trout

Billy’s a bit modern for the Silver Screen Suppers blog, and he’s mostly remembered as a comedian rather than an actor here in the UK.  He is known as the BIG YIN… But he’s in Columbo, yes he is!  Hence I tried out his trout recipe for the forthcoming book. I think I’ve been a […]

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David Niven’s Jansson’s Temptation

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe ever since I had an email conversation with my beloved Michael MacMahon about Jansson’s Temptation.  I think it was after I had cooked the best film star recipe ever, Jocko Marx’s Herring Potatoes.  (the first time around…) This pot contained the most delicious meal I have ever made… I […]

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Vincent Price’s Beef Ragout

Ooh, I’ve got a little article over at the Vincent Price Legacy site about cooking with the BRAND NEW and JUST RELEASED Vincent Price Ale.  Can you imagine how amazing it will be to sip a beer with Vincent on the label?  I have some on order and will be snapping selfies left right and […]

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Robert Vaughn’s Fettucine Alfredo

Lipsmacking-thirstquenching-acetasting-motivating-hightalking-coolliving-evergiving PEPSI!  I tried to learn this once but I didn’t quite get there. I know I’ve missed something.  For the full monty, see here… Ha ha – I forgot loads.  Must try harder…. This dish by Robert put me in mind of this little ditty because it was, truly, utterly, lipsmackingly good.  It’s hardly […]

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Jocko Marx’s Herring Potatoes

Who is Jocko Marx, I hear you ask.  Well, it’s a good question.  According to a 1933 movie star cookbook he’s one of the 4 Marx Brothers.  For a debunking of this myth, see a previous blog post… Whoever he was, his signature dish is PHENOMENAL.  At least, it is how I make it – […]

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Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

I had a raging hangover on Saturday morning.  On Friday night I stayed up late at Mr R’s place, drinking beer and watching Madness videos.  I’d forgotten how good they were.  I think we watched this about 13 times… Cracks me up!  Heartily recommended watching, especially for all my readers across the pond who may […]

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Rue McClanahan’s Wonder Women Cookies

I love Rue.  Well, I love her character Blanche in The Golden Girls.  She’s in Columbo too: …hence her cookie recipe floated to the top of the test cooking pile.  These cookies are packed with good stuff – nuts, raisins, apricots etc., and they were really tasty, BUT, I don’t think I cooked them for […]

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Yul Brynner’s Sautéed Broccoli

This recipe is now a bit of a default way for me to cook up broccoli.  It’s easy and it’s tasty, and it always makes me laugh because… whenever Yul Brynner comes up in conversation I have a “Pavlov’s dog” type reaction to his name: and cannot stop myself from saying, “I really fancy Yul […]

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Hector Elizondo’s Tuna Pomodoro Bake

I don’t often get invited round to friends’ houses for dinner, except by the lovely Battenberg Belle. I tell myself it’s not because people don’t like me, but more that they think because I have a food blog, I am a really good cook. I’m not you know. And I will eat ANYTHING when I go […]

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Ricardo Montalban’s Asparagus Soup

This has been on the test cooking schedule FOR EVER. Mostly because I didn’t really like the sound of Asparagus Soup, but whaddya know? It was good! Quite subtle and sophisticated really, and sort of fluffy. Bubbly. Mostly because I blended it up in my soup machine, I think. As the only other recipe I […]

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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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