Frank Sinatra Special at Eat Drink Films

My August column for Eat Drink Films features 3 Frank Sinatra favourites: Sinatra Marinara Sauce, Sausage and Peppers and Fettucine a la Sinatra.  Two of the recipes are from The Sinatra Celebrity Cookbook and I’d like to thank Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California for giving me permission to reprint the […]

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Vincent Price’s Pineapple Nut Bread

Ooh, I think I have perfected the non-cup measurements, for this best of all cakes.  I misread my scribbled post it note, stuck on the page of The Treasury of Great Recipes, from when I made it last time.  I used a lot more flour than in theory I should have.  The texture of the cake […]

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Ross Martin’s Chocolate Mousse

Something weird has happened to my emails and I’ve lost the request for the recipe for Ross Martin’s Chocolate Mousse that came via the contact page.  So I do hope that the person who requested it, will read this and forgive me for not responding directly.  Mind you, I might have imagined it… Still, it’s such a […]

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Vincent Price’s Sopa Poblano (Chili Poblano Soup)

I’ve been craving this for ages and as I’m testing recipes for the forthcoming Vincent & Mary Price’s Treasury of Great Recipes Virtual Reality Book Launch Party Cookalong, I made it tonight for my din dins.  If anyone can think of a catchier title for my cookalong than the Vincent & Mary Price’s Treasury of […]

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Joan Crawford’s Almond Soup

This soup has been a long time coming.  Like a bit of homework I’ve been putting off for months and months and months, it’s the penultimate Joan dish from the book to be photographed.  So here it is, in all its splendour, Joan Crawford’s Almond Soup: I did float some almonds on top, as Joan […]

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Allen Jenkins’ Rhubarb Strudel

Had a wonderful time in Stroud last weekend, staying with my gorgeous chums Gary and Colin.  Gary is the BEST COOK and he cooked three incredible meals for us, such a treat to be cooked for…  On Saturday night I was sous-chef as the King of Canapés prepared these gorgeous extravaganzas… Mmmmmm – scrumptious. We […]

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Hollywood Cocktails and Canapés Party 4, part 2

Cripes.  This party took place in September 2014, so my memories are now pretty dim, but this has just got to come off my “to do” list…  The first part of my report was written soon after the party (sensible) and is here…  My notes don’t help much as many Betty Balfour cocktails had been […]

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Steve Allen’s Cheeseburger

I had an absolutely wonderful day yesterday at The School of Artisan Food, learning all about food photography with the fabulous Joan Ransley.  I learned LOADS.  If anyone can convince me that I have it in me to take half decent food photographs, it’s Joan.  She really does have an amazing ability to make this […]

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Ian MacDonald’s Sweet and Sour Pork Chops

This has been the biggest week *ever* in my career as a film archivist.  It’s been fab!  Here I am on TV with the big news from AP and Movietone… Oooh, soooo exciting!  Here are the links to the channels if you want to have a mooch around: AP Archive YouTube British Movietone YouTube I’d […]

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Vincent Price’s Crostata Di Mele (Apple Tart)

The Muswell Hill and District Horticultural Society Summer Show was loads of fun.  It’s not as mad as the Spring show, as there are less cooking categories, nevertheless there was some bonkers last minute rushing around yesterday morning to get everything ready. I got two firsts, one for my greengage jam (recipe from The Cottage Smallholder) […]

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Barry Norman’s Pickled Onions

Joy of joys!  A new pickled onion on the loose.  Legendary film critic Barry Norman is producing some delicious spicy numbers, from a handed down family recipe and you can get them in most of the big supermarkets here in the UK. I say new, but according to Wikipedia, these have been on sale since […]

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ZaSu Pitts’ Pralines

Ooh, I meant to pop this one up on June 24th which was National Pralines Day in the US, but forgot!  So here’s a link to my June column for the lovely Eat Drink Films… It’s all about the fabulous ZaSu Pitts and her brilliant book Candy Hits. I first heard about this book waaaaaay back […]

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James Garner’s Sooner Chili

The last time I made James Garner’s Oklahoma Chili I was thrilled that James’ daughter Gigi got in touch via Twitter about it.  However, Gigi wondered if the recipe might have been her grandfather’s recipe rather than the personal recipe of the James we know from movies and TV.  Gigi was dubious about the recipe […]

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Diana Dors’ Asterley Spritz Cocktail

Before we start, I’d better admit that I am squiffy.  I’ve drunk a whole bottle of Prosecco, plus some Amaro, brewed by the mysterious Asterley Bros… So here’s the scoop.  I was sent in the post a lovely dinky bottle of Amaro, hand crafted by the Asterley Bros.  I do not know these boys, I […]

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Vincent Price’s Toad in the Hole

Tonight I’ve been practising my mini toad in the holes for Saturday’s Strolling Supper Club.  I’m joining forces with Battenberg Belle and Davie from Seven Songs  to raise money for the Alice Youth Music Memorial Fund. We’ll be having cocktails and canapés in the “secret garden” behind my flat, then strolling round to BB’s for a slap up […]

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Yul Brynner’s Sautéed Broccoli

Ooh!  I was at the Guild of Food Writers Awards on Tuesday, and not only did I score some free Tenderstem Broccoli, but my food idol Yotam Ottolenghi SQUEEZED MY SHOULDER.  Yes, I am not joking.  I was chatting to Sarit Packer & Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co and Yotam came up to talk to them too, […]

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Pieathalon 2

Greetings if you are stopping by on a tour of the Pieathalon #2 posts.   I am an awful eejit and I posted mine too early, so please click here for a link to my Pieathalon post. My pie was a Magic Cream Pie and it was a doozy!

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Valerie Harper’s Summer Squash

Sunday marked the fifth anniversary of my move to spinster bliss at Silver Screen Suppers Towers.  I count the decision to move into my own place as the best thing I ever did.  If you are living in a shared house and getting fed up with it, I say take the plunge and go solo.  […]

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Diana Dors’ Flageolet Beans with Tuna

The Diana Dors diet continues.  I love tuna, and I love beans, so therefore this was a hit with me.  The dressing was surprisingly lemony and it’s a nice sturdy portion for one.  Very satisfactory indeed thanks Diana! Finely grated rind of 1/4 lemon 3 tablespoons Slimmer’s Oil-free French Dressing 1 teaspoon snipped chives 75g […]

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Vincent Price’s Baked Whole Sea Bass

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Mersea Island fishermen sell some of their catch directly from the quayside between 2.45 and 4.30pm.  So we bundled down there to get ourselves some fresh fish. There were some lovely looking flat fish such as lemon sole, dabs, an unidentified thing with claws, skate wings, sea bass and lots […]

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George Hamilton’s Ginger Snap Dandy

I am on holiday!  Spending my days sitting in the garden of a little bolt hole on the edge of Mersea Island watching the boats go by… We have an adopted pet for the week: Gunwale (pronounced Gunnell): Mr R is having a lie-in after being kept awake for hours by a noisy cock-a-doodle-do-ing cockerel.  […]

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