Patrick O’Neal’s Ragout de Boeuf de Bourguignon

Mmm.  Boeuf de Bourguignon…  This was delicious but more mushy than Burt Lancaster’s version, I guess that’s what makes it a ragout? Patrick O’ Neal obviously knew what he was doing food wise, not only was his recipe really good, he actually had his own eateries back in the day including this one… I’m going […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Vincent Price’s Chicken Curry

Things are hotting up here in advance of Victoria Price’s visit to London to launch the 50th Anniversary edition of The Treasury of Great Recipes.  I’m involved in planning an event that will combine a film screening with a feast of food based on recipes in the Treasury.  It’s not until November but I’m already […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Ross Martin’s Beef in Anchovy Cream

You know that feeling when you have the very first mouthful of something, and you can’t help but close your eyes at the sheer deliciousness of it?  So it was with Ross Martin’s Beef in Anchovy Cream, made for our New Year’s Eve din dins.  I’m going to make very grand claims for this recipe.  […]

READ FULL STORY 4

Hollywood Burns Night Special!

Are you revving up for Sunday?  I’ve got tartan serviettes and the most awesome Scottish themed shot glasses at the ready for our wee drams.  Photos will follow!  For now though, here’s a link to my January column over at Eat Drink Films where you’ll find recipes for Stuart Erwin’s Scotch Soup and Andy Clyde’s […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Anne Baxter’s Malibu Tuna Fish Supreme

Supreme?  In what way is this supreme Anne?  I’m disappointed in you!  Mind you, I should have known just by reading the ingredients, but I liked the SOUND of it, so I decided to make it.  A good recipe name can do a lot of convincing sometimes.  Perhaps it was the Malibu part that tempted […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Roddy McDowell’s Red Cabbage

I love red cabbage and I made some of this to accompany the Corinne Griffith’s duck that we had at Mr R’s place over the festive season (recipe of the month January 2015 if you fancy trying it…) The day I decided to make it I saw a post over at My Custard Pie about […]

READ FULL STORY 7

Vincent Price’s Pineapple Nut Bread

My life has been changed forever by this book, I hope… A fair bit of toot and 30 books have left the building already, and there will be more sliding out the door over the next 6 months.  For that’s how long the process is going to take methinks, but I am ON IT.  As […]

READ FULL STORY 3

Richard Basehart’s Frankfurters and Beans

Mental!  Ha ha, these were bonkers but utterly delicious.  I loved the recipe.  Basically, fill your grill pan (brolier pan) with baked beans then sprinkle some parsley and brown sugar on top. Then split some frankfurters, bung on some mustard and dill pickles slap them back together and wrap them in bacon.  Balance them on […]

READ FULL STORY 4

Ross Martin’s Chocolate Mousse

For New Year’s Eve I made the MOST DELICIOUS FILM STAR DISH EVER, Ross Martin’s Beef in Anchovy Cream – oh my days, as the kids say.  More on that soon…  For pudding I made chocolate mousse to Ross’ recipe but only half quantities as it was just me and Mr R for dinner.  This […]

READ FULL STORY 0

A Corinne Griffith Christmas

Mr Rathbone cooked a duck for our very own Christmas luncheon and I was chuffed when he said he wanted to use Corinne’s recipe.  It was again utterly delicious, and I’ve decided to leave the recipe up as recipe of the month for January so do try it if you like ducky wucky. I had […]

READ FULL STORY 2

Susan Clark’s Shrimp Curry

I think it was Heather that said of this project that it was a folly of my own making, and it is absolutely  true.  I am COMPELLED to make these crazy film star recipes, even when I sometimes look at them askance and think: that sounds weird.  So it was with this one.  Why would […]

READ FULL STORY 4

Edmund Gwenn’s Christmas Cup

On the Sunday before Christmas I had a “local drinks for local people” party and served the traditional EG Christmas Cup.  This time, I put all the spices in a little muslin bag and this was a very good idea.  Here’s the recipe in case you are celebrating Christmas late this year, or fancy this […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Jimmy Stewart’s American Apple Pie

I absolutely love it when readers of the blog get in touch with me.  I’ve made chums that I will probably never meet in person this way, have swapped celebrity recipes with folks all around the world and have received some delightful photographs of people making or enjoying some of the recipes I’ve included here, […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Corinne Griffith’s Edna’s Christmas Pudding

Aw, the lovely folks over at EatDrinkFilms have made a beautiful job of illustrating my column this month which is all about Corinne’s Christmas Pudding recipe. I particularly like this picture they chose, and I’ll be putting this headdress on next year’s list for Santa Claus. Do, do, do go and have a look, and […]

READ FULL STORY 2

Joan Crawford Cookbook Prize Draw Winner

All the lovely people who hosted Joan Crawford dinner parties in November made me so, so happy.  Seeing their photos and write-ups just made my year.  Love the lovely internet!  Everyone who participated went into a prize draw and one lucky person won a copy of the Cooking With Joan Crawford cookbook.  Are you on […]

READ FULL STORY 6

Joan Crawford’s Prosciutto Canapes

If you like melon and you like proscuitto you’ll like these!  Joan also suggests slices of fresh figs or wedges of fresh pears for your present wrapping skills… As the mention of going to see The Specials seemed to spark a lot of interest on the Social Media Webs I’m going to post a picture […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Bette Davis’ Split Pea Soup and Boston Baked Beans

This month’s column is up over at www.eatdrinkfilms.com and it looks lovely.  My neighbour’s dog Ringo gets fame at last! Chewing on the Bette Davis Ham Bone! Both recipes are there and both are delicious.  I am especially fond of Bette’s Boston Baked Beans as they were the first thing I made for this project […]

READ FULL STORY 4

Jack Cassidy’s Rainbow Trout in a Pouch

Ooh, move over Gordon MacRae’s Trout Almondine, this was great! Very flavoursome and weirdly, the trout was pinker than last night and the trout were definitely twins (bought side by side) so it must have been to do with the liquid I popped in the pouch, or the cooking method… So the recipe was basically […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Joan Crawford’s Veal Mousse

If I am ever asked if there is anything I don’t eat, I usually say, “I’m a bit weird about mushrooms, aubergines and shellfish but everything else is fine”.  If I’d been around in the 1930s and 1940s I would have defintely added “and vegetables set in aspic”. This is just a thing they “did” […]

READ FULL STORY 2

Gordon MacRae’s Trout Almondine

I had fully intended making Jack Cassidy’s “Trout in a Pouch” tonight but completely forgot to buy Chablis.  I didn’t think some old bit of undrunk, unidentified white wine hanging around the place would quite do, so that will be for tomorrow’s tea instead.  I’m trying for three booze free nights this week but I’ve […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Vincent Price’s Pineapple Nut Loaf

It’s the One Reeler Film Club at the Cinema Museum tonight so I have made a cake.  It smells and looks delicious but I’ve never made it before so I’ll have to wait until tonight to find out how it tastes.  If it is good, I will return and type up the recipe here. Mmmmm. […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Dean Martin’s Martin Burger

This sounds a bit like a Caker Cooking recipe.  Ingredients – beef, salt, bourbon, TV tray.  That’s it! After last night’s excitement I was shattered and didn’t have the energy to leave the house, so missed the lovely Sara & Russell’s party, and the legendary Nitty Gritty night in Camden.  Instead, I sat on the […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Joan Crawford’s Coleslaw

Joan’s recipe for Coleslaw appeared in the genius book “My Way of Life” and is a little bit vague.  This to my mind is always a sign that the person writing the recipe really knows what they are doing.  I am someone who likes to have every little detail spelled out – including how much […]

READ FULL STORY 0

Joan Crawford’s Hot Buttered Bread

Cutting the crusts off a loaf of bread then covering it with half a pound of butter sounds like a crazy thing to do right?  Yes, I thought so too.  When I told Mr R how much butter was involved in making this he made an exclamation that’s not fit for a family blog but […]

READ FULL STORY 0