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Bette Davis’ Marmalade Mallard

Yesterday, after lovely separate family Christmases, Mr R and I had our own festive dinner, with a mallard from Pipers Farm.  Wrapped in swaddling clothes My motto for 2016 will be: “use it up and wear it out”, so in that spirit, I used some of my “Bette-Davis-marmalade-mountain” in the gravy.  It was utterly DIVINE. […]

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Bette Davis’ Marmalade Cake for Hippfest

It was lovely to get a mention in The Scotsman last week… it put the wind up me a bit though…  I have no idea where they got the notion that I’d be making a Bette Davis Marmalade cake!  It’s not exactly going to be a “retro afternoon dinner party” either but I do like […]

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Bette Davis’ Split Pea Soup and Boston Baked Beans

This month’s column is up over at www.eatdrinkfilms.com and it looks lovely.  My neighbour’s dog Ringo gets fame at last! Chewing on the Bette Davis Ham Bone! Both recipes are there and both are delicious.  I am especially fond of Bette’s Boston Baked Beans as they were the first thing I made for this project […]

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Bette Davis’ Boston Baked Beans

I’m thrilled to be featured on Emerald Street today.  So if you are visiting from there, welcome to the wonderful world of film star dining and drinking!  Check out your favourite stars from the side-bar or just have a roam around… As the article mentioned Bette’s Baked Beans I thought I would post the recipe […]

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Bette Davis’ Marmalade Cake

My lovely friend and colleague Julie celebrated 10 years with the AP last week so I thought it was high time I made her a cake.  For various reasons I had to make it a few days in advance so decided to make an Ottolenghi cake that I know would keep.  So from “Jerusalem” I […]

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Bette Davis’ Mustard Gelatin Ring

Does that sound appealing to you?  Me neither!  I’ve been looking sideways at this recipe for many years thinking about attempting it and then running away.  Luckily for me, I was invited to participate in the Knoxapocalypse II challenge along with 6 other brave souls.  We each sent in a gelatin based recipe and these […]

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Bette Davis’ Red Flannel Hash

Last night I was eating grade 11 wagyu beef and tonight it was corned beef hash.  That is just the way I roll! there has been no jiggery pokery Instagram style with this picture – that is exactly the colour it was – it’s got BEETROOT in it.  Was it weird?  Yes.  Was it tasty?  […]

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Bette Davis’ Marmalade – Roast Chicken With Marmalade

I’ve been thinking about having another go at the Bette Davis Orange Marmalade recipe.  This is mostly because my kitchen cupboards are overflowing with washed-up empty jam/gherkin/pickled onion/caper/whatever jars and I’ve heard a rumour that Corinna has more for me too.  They lie in wait for some kind of jam/marmalade/pickle/ mustard or chutney extravaganza. Trouble […]

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Bette Davis’ Scallops

Most contemporary chefs would be alarmed at the amount of time Bette cooked her scallops for (30 minutes parboiled then 10-15 minutes under the grill) and I was a bit concerned they would be chewy, but they turned out fine.  Here are before and after shots of the bacon-y little tidbits. I am already mildly […]

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Bette Davis’ Marmalade

Ah, the website has returned from its holiday at the seaside.  I was getting worried there.  5 years of blogging, over 500 posts about hundreds of film star recipe experiments – I thought it had all gone for ever.  I shall be lavishing care and attention upon the site now it is back. I made […]

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Bette Davis’ Marmalade

Still time to enter my competition.  Prize?  A jar of Bette Davis Marmalade made by yours truly. All you have to do is answer this multiple choice question.  You can email me or put your choice in a comment.  Closing date Monday 31st October at midnight.  Overseas readers welcome to enter – I’ll find a […]

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Bette Davis’ Brown Bette

There is a vegan version of the Brown Bette in the oven making my whole flat smell delicious.  It is my offering for dinner tomorrow at Paulette’s with Angus & Clive (we must select Hollywood monikers for them) and I’m really looking forward to scoffing it. Had a wonderful afternoon yesterday meeting The Completion Club […]

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Bette Davis’ Brown Bette

A gloriously silly evening at Paulette and Ivor’s house last night which involved Angus acting as sous-chef for the Brown Bette.  It turned out surpisingly yummy, especially considering that I was so drunk by the time I got around to making it I kept having to weigh everything two or three times. Much hilarity was […]

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Bette Davis’ Boston Baked Beans

“I didn’t bring your breakfast, because you didn’t eat your din-din!” Happy Birthday Blog!  It is 4 years since this blog was stared and my goodness, what a lot has happened. A commemorative batch of Bette’s Baked Beans are in the slow cooker – it was the very first dish I made, on a rainy […]

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Bette Davis’ Marmalade

Bette looks how I feel. Mildly pissed off that her marmalade yet again hasn’t set. I am beginning to come to the conclusion that it must be the ratio of fruit to sugar that’s to blame rather than my technique. I’m going to have to do some research on preserves. It was nice to have […]

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Bette Davis’ Finnan Haddie a la Davis

Oh I am having such fun this weekend. Doing a LOT of writing work and a LOT of cooking. Fab. It’s Sunday and so I decided to treat myself to Bette’s favourite Sunday morning breakfast dish. And delicious it was too. It’s the first time I have tried it but wanted to have a test […]

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Bette Davis’ Hollywood Salad

“That’s me: an old kazoo with some sparklers.“ Ooh! A lucky shamrock charm bracelet. I want one! I’m feeling a bit like an old kazoo myself today so have cheered myself up by re-reading Rita’s verdict on the Bette salad recipe. I haven’t seen Rita in a LONG time which is something I must rectify […]

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Bette Davis’ Marmalade

“Why am I so good at playing bitches? I think it’s because I’m not a bitch. Maybe that’s why Miss Crawford always plays ladies.” Bette or Joan? Bette or Joan? I am increasingly obsessed with both of them and just can’t decide who I like best. At the moment Bette has a slight edge because […]

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Bette Davis’ Marmalade

“Everybody has a heart. Except some people.” I spent most of the weekend crying and making marmalade. It wasn’t the making of the marmalade that made me cry, it was, as usual a boy. A big cloud of woe hung over me whilst I stirred Bette’s marmalade for about four hours and my melancholy mood […]

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More Bette Davis’ Hollywood Salad

“I will not retire while I’ve still got my legs and my make-up box.”   Me neither doll.William and Cary came over for tea and we polished off the Hollywood Salad for appetizers. Cary decided that the gherkins I placed on top of each salad smeared cracker would be “the copyright buster”. Ha ha!Much fun […]

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Bette Davis’ Hollywood Salad

  “I didn’t forget your breakfast. I didn’t bring your breakfast.  Because you didn’t eat your din-din.” Bette is still coming up trumps with the recipes. There is just something GOOD about all of hers I think. And I do love the use of the term “din-din” – I’d forgotten all about that – my […]

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Bette Davis’ Boston Baked Beans

“I am just too much.” Ah, the beans were a great success. Rosalind even had two portions. John G (her ex) said they were good but he wasn’t sure why they had to have been cooking for 8 hours. Made the whole flat smell of molasses though which on the whole was a good thing. […]

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Dearth of Fat Salt Pork

The butcher that Rosalind remembers being on Berwick Street is alas no more. Had a lengthy conversation with two barrow boys on the market who told us that there are now NO BUTCHERS in the West End. They are all gorn. R has bacon in her fridge so I shall make do with that and […]

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Worth Eating?

Stomach is churning at the prospect of dinner tonight with Square Jawed Georgie who wants to meet up because he says “some things need explaining” and there are “some things you need to know”. What, what, what, what, what? Is it fair to expect me to try and eat tapas with wobbly hands and wobbly […]

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Pilchards on Toast

My good intentions at getting going on this project have been foiled by the fact I didn’t read the recipe. Bette’s Boston Baked Beans require 8 hours of cooking and I didn’t get home until 6pm so methinks they will have to wait until next weekend. Instead of a gourmet dinner I had myself pilchards […]

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