Living My Life Like Angela Lansbury

In her brilliant book Postitive Moves Angela Lansbury gives women of a certain age lots of excellent advice on living a healthy, vibrant life. As I AM a woman of a certain age, I decided to follow her life plan for a day. I lived my life like Angela Lansbury and loved every minute. I […]

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Vincent Price Oatmeal Lace Cookies

It’s been a while since there was a FAIL in the Silver Screen Suppers kitchen, but these cookies were most definitely a fail. I’d never made them before and I was making them in advance of my “Living My Life Like Angela Lansbury Day” (blog post coming very soon about that…) I do not blame […]

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William Shatner’s Deluxe Burgers

Sometimes I cook a movie star recipe and for some unknown reason, I don’t blog about it immediately after I cook it. Then of course, tempus fugit and I forget the dish even existed. Such is the case with these burgers. This recipe was included in my Cooking With Columbo cookbook in the “extra recipes” […]

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Martin Landau’s Vodka Martini Straight Up

Neighbours, everybody needs good neighbours…. Yes! I am so lucky that I have good neighbours. Here’s a little tale about a lovely encounter I had with a neighbour on the bus home on a Friday evening recently. I do not know her name, but she is fab. Planning to go to my “bring a bottle […]

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Carol Channing’s Hello Dolly Cookies

I was really sad to hear that Carol Channing had gone to the Hollywood in the sky recently. I was lucky enough to meet her once and she was a STITCH. In this photo, she has just told me and my chum Caroline a very rude joke about Tallulah Bankhead. Yes, we are holding hands […]

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Dinner and a Movie – The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)

I was beside myself with excitement when I saw that my fave food mag Delicious Magazine has a new column called Kay and Fred’s Movie Night. Kay Plunkett-Hogge and her partner Fred will be selecting a movie and suggesting a meal to have alongside it each month. Whoopee! The first recipe was utterly fabulous – […]

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Angela Lansbury’s Garden Vegetable Soup

On Sunday I am planning to live a whole day like Angela Lansbury. I am going to follow her guide to healthy eating… and I am going to do the Positive Moves workout… Then in the evening I am going to watch Who Threw the Barbitals in Mrs. Fletcher’s Chowder? because I’ll be writing about […]

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David Niven’s Fish Cakes

I am a person who likes to follow a recipe. I am not a freestyler. But I make an exception for David Niven. I love his fish cakes recipe, because he basically issues a carte blanche for making them however the hell you like. So here’s his recipe, just as he wrote it… Take any […]

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Tessie O’Shea’s Slimming Breakfast

Some foodie chums over on Twitter issued a cooking challenge at the end of last year. Select a mad cookbook and make stuff from it throughout 2019. My choice is the Tessie O’Shea’s Slimming Cookbook. There are several reasons behind my selection… 1 – I need to slim down a bit after the excesses of […]

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Columbo Podcast and Book Giveaway

There’s a chance to win a copy of the Cooking With Columbo cookbook on the airwaves at the moment – closing date for entries is 20th January 2019. If you skip over to this link you’ll be able to listen to the most excellent Just One More Thing podcast. The Usual. Somebody Killed Somebody. I […]

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Recipe of the Month – Roland Young Rissoles

Do you still have leftover turkey and ham and stuffing and pigs in blankets knocking around in your fridge or freezer? This is my FAVOURITE way of using up Xmas bits and bobs. You can, of course, make this from scratch, I’m sure that would be delicious too. But what I love about this recipe […]

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Corinne Griffith’s Edna’s Christmas Pudding

I had a lovely, lovely Christmas with my folks. Hope yours was good too dear reader. Here’s a glimpse of the kind of delicious fare that was on offer chez Ma and Pa Hammerton in Suffolk… This was the Boxing Day feast. There was of course, my mum’s legendary trifle! Corinne Griffith’s recipe for “Edna’s […]

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Diet Breakfast

I went back to basics recently as I know there is an awful lot of eating and drinking ahead over the next couple of weeks. I had an Elizabeth Taylor breakfast of one piece of unadorned toast, a cup of coffee and an apple. It was so simple and actually pretty delicious. If you have […]

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Vincent Price’s Chicken Livers en Brochette

It was the idea of TOAST POINTS that made me want to try this recipe.  I had never heard of such a thing before and now I am obsessed with the idea of serving TOAST POINTS with everything.  Not least because in a recently watched Murder, She Wrote, a waiter noted that a particular dish […]

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Jennifer Jones’ Sour Cream Molasses Cake

Oooh, I do NOT like making cakes.  I find it toooooo stressful!  BUT, there is always an upside.  People love homemade cake, even if you think it is a disaster. Not actually my cake.  Someone else’s cake wreck. So it was with Jennifer’s cake.  We were having a bake sale at work in aid of […]

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Merle Oberon’s Goodwood Herrings

In my massive decluttering purge I came across this recently… It was in a box of paperwork from a house I lived in about 15 years ago and I have no recollection of buying it, but it has brought me a lot of fun just recently. I put a photo of it on Instagram and […]

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Christmas Cooking With Columbo Cookbook Giveaway!

The authority on all things Columbo, the wonderful LC who runs the genius Columbophile website… is running a competition to win a copy of my Cooking With Columbo book – well 3 copies actually! Competition is open until 16th December – get amongst it! The Cooking With Columbo cookbook has episode guides for all 69 […]

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Elisha Cook Jr’s Beef Stroganoff “Black Bird” vs Harry Morgan’s Stroganoff with Vincent Price’s Pimento Rice

I am a big fan of stroganoff as it is quick and easy to make on a weeknight and feels like a BIG TREAT.  I have made two movie star versions recently – both destined for the Vincent Price Co*Star cookbook.  They were both delicious (although not very photogenic) but I think in the taste […]

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Pat Phoenix’s Jacket Potato

It was double days at my nephew’s brewery recently and I had an absolutely fab time.  On Saturday I had my little pop-up bread and mustard shop, I made some pumpkin fougasse to get in the Halloween mood. Then on Monday myself, Ma Baker and Battenburgbelle got amongst it being “brewers for the day”. This […]

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Jane Asher’s Chicken in a Pumpkin

Have you heard of turducken?  It’s a “dish consisting of a deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck, further stuffed into a deboned turkey.” Blog reader Melanie asked if Jane Asher’s Chicken in a Pumpkin should be called a pumpricken – hahahahahahahah! When I saw this photograph in Jane Asher’s Easy Entertaining cookbook with the chicken’s little […]

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Elizabeth Taylor’s Protein Drink

Well, this was weird.  I think if I had made this before my experiments with the Peter Fonda’s “Easy Rider Smoothie” and his sister Jane Fonda’s Smoothie I might have thought this was groovy.  BUT, I am now used to protein drinks that effectively are the texture and volume of a huge McDonald’s milkshake. Liz’s […]

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Michael Caine’s Chicken and Bacon Pie – Woodside Park – The Great Bear Project – Stop #3

You know when you spend about five hours making something, and when you come to eat it, it’s a massive disappointment?  Well, this was 100% NOT the case with Michael’s pie.  It was absolutely DIVINE! I’d been wanting to make this pie ever since the Michael Caine Blogathon organized by Gill at ReelWeegieMidgetReviews.  The pie […]

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Diana Dors’ Black Magic

Happy birthday Diana!  I am celebrating today by eating a WHOLE BOX of Black Magic.  Well, actually I have eaten ONE chocolate and am sharing the rest with work colleagues. Why?  Because when Diana was on Desert Island Discs she said that a box of Black Magic would be her luxury item. I only knew […]

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Ava Gardner’s Southern Coleslaw

I am a big fan of coleslaw in any shape or form.  I don’t mind if it is hoity-toity coleslaw or bog standard supermarket coleslaw, I love it all.  Although I haven’t seen it on the shelves recently I am particularly fond of “Mexican coleslaw” which I am sure is a made-up thing.  I also […]

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Diana Dors’ Breakfast Crunch

Diana’s breakfast mash-up has got lots of things in it that I like, and as I’ve reported here before, I do love me a recipe that serves one.  Living alone as I do, it pleases me when recipe writers tip their hats to those of us who aren’t part of a nuclear family. I am […]

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Pat Phoenix’s Jacket Potatoes

100% comfort food!  What a great thing to do with a jacket potato! This takes me back to my childhood for many reasons. Neither of these girls is me, I will return later and replace with a very similar photograph that IS me.  All British photos from the 1970s looked like this… Firstly, in my […]

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