Film Star Guacamoles

My September feature for Eat Drink Films is up, and it is all about guacamole this month. I have tested more movie star guacamole than you could shake a chili at over the last few weeks.  I am carrying around a guacamole baby alongside the noodle baby at the moment.  Fatty. Here’s a link to […]

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Joan Crawford’s Wilted Spinach Salad

I love this spinach salad.  It’s easy peasy, tasty and fairly healthy…  Reminds me of the Vincent Price Wilted Spinach Salad with Bacon Dressing I have made a few times.   Both lovely, although Vincent’s version includes eggs… My recipe for Joan’s Spinach Salad is from the awesome Joan manifesto “My Way of Life”.  This book […]

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Joan Crawford’s Salad Number One

Mmmmm – avocado, pineapple, cottage cheese…  Delicious! I’m gathering together all photos of Joan Crawford dishes already made and posting them here in the next few weeks. The Joan Crawford Cookbook will be published on Saturday 8th November (see here for a sneaky peek).  I will be hosting a virtual reality cookalong, sending out recipes […]

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Joan Crawford’s Salad Number Two

This is the second in my flurry of Joan Crawford recipe pics.  This salad isn’t as photogenic as the Nice Salad for a Squab Dinner but it was almost as tasty.  I’m a bit obsessed with mandarin segments after making the previous salad.  The tinned fruit section of the supermarket is one I have never […]

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The Joan Crawford Cookbook Prototype!

Oh my days (as the kids say)!  The prototype for my Joan Crawford Cookbook arrived on Wednesday and I am so thrilled with it.  Would you like a sneaky peak?  Here’s the cover: and here is one of the recipe pages: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!  I am beyond myself with excitement about it.  What do you think?  I’m […]

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Vincent Price’s Pepitas a la Curry

These are BRILLIANT! I’ve been meaning to have a go at these for years, and I finally got around to it. Partly because a little jar of these have been earmarked as one of my competition prizes. They will be heading to the States sometime soon. I gave a little jar to Debbie for her […]

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Viveca Lindfors’ Coconut Cake

Did you ever want to change your Christian name? I did, and I have. The name most people know me by (Jenny) is not the name on my birth certificate. But I’m not telling you what my real name is, because that way ridicule lies. When people find out, there is generally a bit of […]

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Warner Baxter’s Chilli

Vic came over for a Rockford Files last night and I had planned to serve up a chilli.  I foolishly strayed from the preferred path of matching the recipe to the event.  Instead of making a James Garner chilli (which I know from experience is the BEST chilli ever) I decided to try Warner Baxter’s […]

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Jane Wyatt’s Beer Bread Version 2

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm – this was even nicer than the first time.  For this version I used Hammerton’s Oyster Stout aka Pentonville which made for a darker, and for some reason moister, (is moister a word?) bread.  I thought it was delicious! Isn’t this a wonderful sight to see? I stocked up on the family brew at […]

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The Louella Parsons Cocktail

All of the film star recipes I make and write about here have some kind of provenance.  They are either something the star claimed to make themselves, or something they stated was their fave thing to eat in a particular Hollywood eating establishment,  OR dishes that were made for them by their cook, wife, mother, […]

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Yul Brynner’s Potatoes in Sour Cream

My second article for Eat Drink Films is live today and you can nip over there for Yul’s recipe. It’s very good – here’s the link to the recipe: Yul Brynner’s Potatoes in Sour Cream and here are a few photos of some I made earlier… I used Maris Piper potatoes. I used Panko breadcrumbs… […]

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Vincent Price’s Saffron Rice

I like a rice you bake in the oven, especially when it is baking hot in the kitchen.  Mine gets very hot and steamy if there are lots of things on the hob and at the moment in the UK we are having a HEATWAVE.  It’s lovely. For the book group I had made the […]

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Vincent Price’s Chicken Curry

It was my turn to host the book group last week and it is now tradition that I make a 10 boy curry.  We didn’t have the 10 boys parading around with the condiments, they were on the sideboard, or the “buffeteria” as Lindsey christened it the last time we had a 10 boy curry. […]

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Jane Wyatt’s Beer Bread

It’s been all about the beer this week as the big news is: Hammerton beer has arrived in Muswell Hill!  The delightful Prohibition Wines on Fortis Green Road is stocking the family brew. I am DONE FOR!  I stocked up a bit and did my first experimental batch of beer bread.  YUM.  It’s very good.  […]

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Yul Brynner’s Sauteed Broccoli

My lovely penpal Margie in Atlanta mentioned ages ago that she’d spotted a Yul Brynner cookbook and I’m not sure why I didn’t get on the ebay machine immediately and buy one.  No matter, his card was picked from the pack for recipe of the month for August so I pressed the buy button last […]

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Madeleine Carroll’s Sauternes Punch

I made a lovely boozy batch of this for the Naughty Habits Strolling Supper Club that Battenburg Belle and I collaborated on a few weeks ago.  It was wonderful evening and BB has written about it more eloquently than I can over here. The punch was a big hit.  In the end I used half […]

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Ina Claire’s Salad Dressing Claire

Salad season is upon us.  I’m trying to be healthy this week as I’ve been boozing it up and not eating particularly well.  So today I bought loads of saladings (as they call them at the Muswell Hill Horticultural Society) and made a lovely fresh salad for my tea.  But for me, it’s not a […]

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Alice Gordon’s Gooseberry Jam – 2nd Prize!

I love goosegogs so when I spotted this recipe for jam I decided it could be a contender for the Muswell Hill Horticultural Society Summer Show.  There are only 5 categories in the cookery section in the Summer show, unlike the Spring show which has approximately 1000.  Well, it feels like it anyhow!  Despite this, […]

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James Garner’s Chilli / Chili / Chile

James Garner’s Chilli is the BEST chilli I’ve ever eaten – out or in.  It’s the kind of chilli you eat a big bowl of, and then you sneak back to the saucepan when nobody is looking, and get another bowlful.  I’ve had it with rice and I’ve had it “Columbo style” with crackers.  It’s […]

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