Laurence Harvey’s Chicken Pie

This is it! The last of the Columbo cookbook recipes is tested! Whoopee! Well, the last of the core batch of recipes anyhow. It’s a chicken pie landmark…


I’d been putting this one off as Laurence’s recipe is a bit odd. But it turned out to be really good.


Several things about this recipe kept it at arms length until now. The vagueness of Laurence’s method. The fact that gelatine was involved. Hard boiled eggs in a chicken pie? The large amount of mushrooms…


But it was very pretty when I was making it, and Mr R and I both enjoyed it on a rainy Sunday afternoon.


All my waxing lyrical in January, about how I have conquered my fear of the mushroom was for nought. Like a small child that doesn’t like broccolli, I pushed most of the mushrooms to the edge of the plate. It was the shitaake mushrooms that really freaked me out. Perhaps I should have cut them up smaller.


This picture gives me the heeby jeebies…

Mr R’s verdict? “Bacon, egg and mushroom. It’s breakfast inside a chicken pie!”

Now this one is done, the test cooking blackboard has been wiped clean!  What next?!


So now all the recipes have been test cooked at Silver Screen Suppers Towers, I’m looking for folks game to try them in their own kitchens.  I want to make absolutely sure the recipes all work and make sense for the forthcoming book.  If you would like to volunteer – just nip over here… and take your pick!

I’ll be sending out the recipes in the next few days but there is plenty of time to cook them, deadline isn’t until August 2017 because I know eveyone is busy, busy, busy!

Laurence’s recipe needs a LOT of work for the book, but if you’d like to try it, just email me via the contact page and I’ll send it over…



6 Responses to Laurence Harvey’s Chicken Pie

  1. Samantha Ellis 17 Feb, 2017 at 9:57 pm #

    I saw this recipe written down on the blackboard on another post of yours and I was anxious to see how it turned out! I agree the mushrooms look quite strange! I hope you got my email about wanting to be one of your test cooks, and if not I’d be happy to send another.

    • Jenny 18 Feb, 2017 at 8:05 am #

      Hi Samantha! I can’t see an email from you in my inbox – I checked my spam folder too – a mystery! Please do try again, I’m intrigued to see which recipe(s) you fancy! Love your tumblr – Jenny x

      • Samantha Ellis 18 Feb, 2017 at 9:29 pm #

        I sent you another email just now, and thanks for the love! 🙂

        • Jenny 23 Feb, 2017 at 8:42 am #

          Hi Samantha – something very weird going on, still haven’t received an email from you – I tested my contact form and it seemed to be working OK. Could you email me using this address (slightly encrypted to foil spammers!) jenny at silver screen suppers dot com (all one word with an @ for at)

          Very strange! Jenny x

  2. Mim McDonald (@crinolinerobot) 24 Feb, 2017 at 10:11 am #

    I’ve got a recipe book from the 50s that features a chicken pie recipe with egg in, and like you I thought it sounded odd. It tasted very good, though. Maybe it was a midcentury ‘thing’.

  3. Jenny 26 Feb, 2017 at 9:59 am #

    Hi Mim, yes, I think you are right. A midcentury ‘thing’ – what a great phrase. I shall use it next time there is something weird in a movie star recipe. Often. Onion juice springs to mind immediately! Would you and Mr Robot consider test cooking something for the Columbo Cookbook? I’d love to see what you might choose…

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