Happy Easter – Lamb Cake

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I am so proud of my lamb cake I had to share it, even though it is not a film star recipe.  What do you think? When I first put his googly eyes on he looked a bit worried… But not as worried as when we sliced his bum off… I have to say a [...]

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James Mason’s Plum Jam

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I have decided.  I am no good at making jam.  This was my third attempt at this jam and although I thought it was pretty much a fail, the judges at the Muswell Hill Horticultural Show thought differently and awarded it second prize. I’m not going to challenge the decision, but to my mind, the [...]

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Vincent Price’s Scotch Shortbread

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After the disaster that was Myrna Loy’s Shortbread I wasn’t sure about entering this category for the MHHSSS (see previous post) but I spotted this recipe in The Treasury of Great Recipes and it sounded good.  And good it certainly was.  I did everything exactly to Vincent’s recipe which I am posting below, except for [...]

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Silver Screen Stars at the Muswell Hill Horticultural Society Spring Show

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Helped by the stars of the silver screen, I won a TROPHY on Saturday.  I won the Cookery Cup at the Muswell Hill Horticultural Society Spring Show.  GET ME! Quite frankly I am exhausted, so I’ll be having an early night tonight rather than ranting and raving about it but here is what I won: [...]

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James Mason’s Plum Jam

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I have had one huge success and one huge failure in the kitchen this week…  You know how it is when the hardest person to please can make you the very happiest by damning with faint praise?  I spent last week in charge of making sure my god-daughter did her homework and her piano practice [...]

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Vincent Price’s Racquet Club Spiced Vinegar

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I am shocked to the core.  Today when I got home from work, the Muswell Hill & District Horticultural Society Handbook and Schedule of Spring, Summer and Autumn Shows 2014 was on my doormat.  Despite assurances from the committee  that the cookery categories would be the same as last year, they are DIFFERENT!   Where is [...]

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Vincent Price’s Pots De Creme Chocolat

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Chocolate mousse was obviously a big favourite in the world of puds for movie stars.  I have recipes by Deborah Kerr, Jack Hobbs, Moira Lister, Raymond Burr, Rose Martin, Wendy Toye, Agnes Ayres, and Carol Burnett.  There are possibly more tucked away under other names too, but Vincent’s recipe is SO good I’m not sure [...]

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Reader’s Report – Burt Lancaster’s Boeuf Bourguignon

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Today I have a fabulous report from my old mucker Gus.  When I lived on a houseboat Gus lived on the boat next door and much fun was had by us shouting at each other through our respective kitchen windows, feeding the swans that swum up and down between our two boats and risking a [...]

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Book Test Cook 24 – Elizabeth Taylor’s Chicken Steamed in White Wine

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A couple of people recently have asked me what my favourite film star recipe is.  For a long time I have said Marlene Dietrich’s Lamb Chops En Casserole but I have switched recently to Liz’s chicken.  It is simple and utterly delicious, and the use of a posh EXPENSIVE dessert wine makes it extra special. [...]

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Recipe of the Month – Lana Turner’s Scampi

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What is scampi?  It’s complicated.  For me, the word scampi puts me in mind of something I loved when I was a little kid and my parents took me out to dinner.  Scampi in a basket seemed like a VERY sophisticated dish for a pre-teen at the Berni Inn.  Crispy unidentified fishy things in crispy [...]

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Guild of Food Writers Nordic Cuisine Workshop

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Last night I had the best meal of my life.  After it was all over, I was in a kind of dumbstruck food shock state.  Everything had been so wonderful, I eventually announced: “That’s the best meal I have ever eaten that I paid for myself!” but after obsessing about it ever since, I have [...]

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Mary Martin’s Colonial Chicken

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Mr Rathbone loves toad in the hole so for Valentine’s night I decided to do chicken in-a-toad-in-the-hole-style.  Hen in the hole if you will… For me the chicken was not finger licking…  I was in one of those fearful cooking moods.  The chicken was top quality corn-fed chook and I was worried about how it [...]

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Rochelle Hudson’s Coffee Cake

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The date of the Muswell Hill Horticultural Society Spring Show has been set and the cookery categories have been announced – exactly the same as last year.  Hence much good-natured rivalry between myself and Battenburg Belle has commenced.  Coffee Cake is the only category I have a hope of winning as BB doesn’t like coffee [...]

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Vincent Price’s Chicken Livers Sauteed with Apples and Onion Rings

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Hereby follows a fabulous guest post by Uncle Vic, my ex boyfriend, current neighbour and lover of all things Vincent Price related….  This was Vic’s challenge for the Vincent Price Halloween Cookalong, but he was poleaxed by lack of cooking pans in his own gaff.  Therefore he came down two flights of stairs from his [...]

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Book Test Cook 23 – Clark Gable’s Venison Caledonian Style

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Ooh, I do love venison.  It is so rich and delicious and flavoursome and lean and it always seems extravagant.  Clark’s method is a really nice way of cooking it – marinating it for aaaaages in red wine, oil, vinegar and herbs then cooking it up in an onion-y, bacon-y, floury sauce.  Yum.  I think [...]

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