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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Vincent Price’s French Bread

Exciting plans are falling into place for Victoria Price’s visit to London in November, to launch the 50th anniversary edition of her parents’ wonderful book; A Treasury of Great Recipes.  I’ve been helping to organize a couple of events for Victoria and her VIP guests, and it’s going to be just fabulous. The lovely Bruce […]

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Diana Dors’ Breakfast Bean Omelette

On a Spinster’s Sunday there must be eggs too…  So here is what I had for my breakfast today.  Mmmmm – beans, eggs, bacon (well ham this time…) all in a fluffy package. I’ve written about the Diana Dors diet here before, it’s such a genius multi-media plan and I love it.  I might make […]

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Corinne Griffith’s Anchovy Eggs

On a Spinster’s Saturday there must be eggs.  And here’s what I had yesterday for my breakfast.  Oh yummy!  These are so easy, and the recipe can be adapted for one, by making these in ramekins (I just had one, but wish I’d made two). This is a bit like a photo in the section […]

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Sophia Loren’s Pizza Alla Napoletana

I am at Brixiefest – Mr R’s new term for my self-imposed weekend of solitary writing and cooking.  I have a lot to do, not least make a PIE for Yinzerella’s annual Pieathalon challenge.  For the first of these last year I made Mile High Lemon Chiffon Pie and played the Vincent Price Co-Stars game […]

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Angie Dickinson’s Honeymoon Sandwich

Mmmmm – delicious!  My latest column for Eatdrinkfilms is all about grilled cheese sandwiches.  A staple in the States, but a mystery to me until recently.  Frying a sandwich in butter?  Outrageous!  But the first one I tried, Anne Baxter’s Mexican Cheese Supper Sandwich, was really, really delicious… The recipes for Anne Baxter’s version, and […]

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Steve Allen’s Cheeseburger

I loved Steve’s burger, and I really love this picture of him with a chafing dish.  A chafing dish is the “most-wanted-but-not-in-the-least-bit-needed” thing on my wishlist.  Joan Crawford loved hers… and I would love mine.  If I had one.   Where I would actually store it, I don’t know.  But I’ll cross that bridge if […]

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