George Hamilton’s Smoky Chicken

This is a tricky recipe for those based in the UK as it calls for a lot of things we can’t easily get here, notably frozen orange juice.  I wanted to give this another run through for the book as I’d read somewhere that BOOZE could be used in place of frozen orange juice and I fancied […]

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The Faye Dunaway Cocktail

Had these last night to kick off my birthday celebrations. Why am I writing a blog post on my BIRTHDAY? Because Mr R is still asleep and I am over excited, so I am up and sitting by the gas fire waiting for festivities to begin.  We have SNOW in London today for the first […]

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Test Cook Report – Valerie Harper’s Summer Squash

I am a Bread Angel!  It’s a network of wonderful home bakers who teach, make bread to sell in their local communities, run micro-bakeries, and often do wonderfully altruistic things involving bread.  Our motto is “Bake Well. Do Good”.  Isn’t that fabulous?   I have met lots of wonderful people through the Bread Angels network […]

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Jeanette Nolan’s Sizzling Liver and Walnuts

I’m hoping that my friend Michelle is going to test this one for me here in the UK because I have had to make a couple of major substitutions in this recipe for non-America based cooks.  Firstly, we can’t get condensed beef consommé for love nor money here… and steak sauce is as rare as […]

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Olympia Dukakis’ Greek Meatballs

I am a huge fan of Olympia Dukakis.  I love her in Moonstruck (my guilty pleasure) and I love her as Anna Madrigal in Tales of the City.   She’s just ace.  Plus, I know now, she really can cook.  Because these meatballs are divine. Oooh they were good!  I knew they would be when […]

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Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

Been thinking about my friend Greg today over at Recipes for Rebels and sent him good, good vibes from halfway across the world as I cooked this dish.   I am loving my new cast iron frying pan… This is the first dish I ever cooked from his fabulous cookbook, and indeed the very first […]

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Diana’s Dors’ Breakfast Bean Omelette

I have a lovely Diana Dors story to tell, and I have saved it until December because BEHOLD THE SPLENDOUR OF THE DIANA DORS ADVENT CALENDAR! Blog reader Sam Dwyer tipped me off to the existence of this bit of superbness, and I immediately bought two.  One for me and one for Mr Rathbone.  But do […]

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Cooking With Joan Crawford

Date for your diaries UK based chums! Feud: Bette and Joan starts on BBC2 on Saturday, December 16th with a double episode – whoop whoop!  I got a sneaky peak of the series when it aired in the USA and I absolutely loved it. It’s event TV folks!   I just wanted to remind you, that […]

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Vincent Price’s Buckingham Eggs

I woke up craving these today, and luckily I had the wherewithal about the place to make them. I’m on a writing retreat this weekend. But a writing retreat in my own bed. Lovely. Not – actually – me. I consider Buckingham Eggs to be my ultimate Spinster Saturday breakfast. A little bit self-indulgent, but […]

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Columbo’s Black and White Ice Cream Soda

It’s that time again…  It’s the #ColumboTV tweetalong tomorrow night and the episode is… In this episode, the Lieutenant rustles himself up a Black and White Soda.  I had no idea what this was, but the power of the internet has revealed it contains vanilla ice-cream, chocolate syrup, club soda, whipped cream and a cherry.  So […]

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Juliet Mills’ Hoppin’ John

I’ve had to do a last minute recipe switch for the Columbo cookbook. I realised that I’d included a recipe for Hayley Mills, but it is, in fact, Juliet Mills who appears in the No Time to Die episode. It’s a good thing I realised, not least because that would have been a big, big, […]

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Lieutenant Columbo’s Omelet / Omelette

If I met someone who had never seen an episode of Columbo, I think I would recommend Murder By The Book as the one to start with.  It’s superb in so many ways…  Not least… but also… Credit is due for the screengrabs to the amazing Colombophile But the best thing about it, for my purposes, […]

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Ian McShane’s Salmon With Watercress Sauce

Ooh, this was GOOD.  I followed the recipe in this Sainsbury’s advert… But you know what?  From the minute that advert starts, you realise that times have changed since 1992. I totally remember the days when you went to a supermarket and you got a weird looking slice of fish that looked like Ian’s, a […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Peter Falk’s Avocado

 My fellow Shellac Sister Lady Jane is well known for being averse to cooking.  But she stepped right up to the plate to test this recipe for the Columbo cookbook.  Admittedly, there isn’t really any cooking involved, but when you are a LADY, this is all to the good.  Mind you, even though she is […]

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The Faye Dunaway Cocktail

My new favourite cocktail? Yes. This was utterly divine. The jalapeño flavour got more pronounced the more I drank, and the closer my schnozzle was to the wheel on the glass – ha ha! Here’s an article about the creation of this cocktail  – respect is due to Jonathan Humphrey who invented this dream of a tipple. […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Gene Barry’s Kibbee

Ooh, reading the report by Sarah Bailey of Sarah’s Cooker-ebook made me want to make some of these again, they are such tasty little meatballs.  I love Sarah’s photos (all at the bottom of the post), and having them with roasted cauliflower and a tomato sauce is an idea I might pinch! Sarah’s feedback about […]

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Dinner and a Movie – The Odd Couple (1968)

Sometimes I fantasize about having chums round for a poker game and serving food like Oscar “Divorced, Broke and Sloppy” Madison does in this movie.   He’s a filthy bachelor living in squalor and one of his card-shark chums observes of his disgusting, out of order fridge, “I saw milk standing in there that wasn’t even in […]

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Vincent Price’s Goulash

I think we’ll be talking about Vincent’s Goulash recipe on the Museum of Soho radio show tomorrow from 10am, so I thought I’d put the recipe up. It is such a great thing to cook for Halloween – you can call it GHOULISH GOULASH. At the end of the post, there’s a fun demonstration film […]

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Vincent Price’s Savory Stuffed Chicken

I’m going to be on the radio on Sunday talking about Vincent Price, I’m very excited. It’s the Museum of Soho show on Soho Radio and you can listen to me make a fool of myself live between 10-11am. I’ll put the link to the show in this post after it has gone out too…  I’ll be […]

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Johnny Cash’s Chilli – Veggie Version!

Oooh, this was fabulous! I have blog reader and friend Zelda from Dinner With Zelda Manners to thank for this wonderful recipe. She generously spent time creating a vegetarian version of the Johnny Cash chilli for the Columbo cookbook, and it’s absolutely delicious. I know I have lots of vegetarian readers, and do hope they […]

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Phyllis Kirk’s Tomato Salad With A Flair

Who could resist a salad with a title like that?  Not me!   It’s not “Tomato Salad With Flair” you note, it is Tomato Salad With A Flair. Phyllis Kirk sounds like she could be a character in The Archers.  Are you listening to The Archers at the moment?  For overseas readers who might not […]

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Jane Fonda’s Smoothie

Like a small fussy child, there is absolutely NO WAY I would eat this bowlful of fruit if it was put in front of me.   But mushed up into a smoothie I can handle it.  Why is this?  I have no idea.  Maybe because it feels a bit like having a milkshake for breakfast? […]

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Jane Fonda’s Very Berry Waffles

Hot on the heels of Vincent Price’s Waffles are Jane’s.  Now, I have never heard of putting fruit IN waffles, but that’s the way Jane has them, so why not? I’ve been looking after Ringo, the dog from number 14, while Chloë and D-Fran have been in Paris and I have loved every minute.  Ringo […]

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Vincent Price Buttermilk Waffles

I can’t believe I’m only just now getting around to writing about these waffles as these were made YONKS AGO when my darling Caroline Frick was in the house, way back in April.  Over from Texas for a short visit, I set Dr Frick on waffle duty as she is American and I am not. […]

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Martin Landau Straight Up Martini

Remember when I said a few blog posts back that everyone looks good in a cowboy hat?  Well here’s another bit of evidence if you need it… and plus… my word! I absolutely love it when a reader of my blog or a recipient of my newsletter gets in touch.  So I want to say […]

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