Robert Quarry’s Baked Chicken Vera

I wonder if Vera was a glamorous name in the 1980s in America when this recipe was published?  For me, the name Vera always brings to mind Vera Duckworth from Coronation Street, so the name of this recipe is kinda humorous for me… In a way, it is probably the kind of thing Vera Duckworth might […]

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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 […]

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Jane Wyatt’s Beer Bread and a trip to Panary

Wowee!  I had an amazing day on Saturday with Master Baker Paul Merry and a baker’s dozen of Bread Angels!  In the idyllic setting of a beautiful watermill in Dorset, we kneaded, we folded, we baked, and more than anything, we laughed like drains… I’ve been on a major bread making journey since August 2014 when […]

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Diana Dors’ Breakfast Prunes

No sniggering at the back please! Prunes have all kinds of negative connotations here in the UK, I wonder if it is the same in other parts of the world?  Ah, I see from a quick Google around the block, that it is the same everywhere!   I am doing that thing that many, many […]

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Cher’s Minestrone Soup

Yesterday was James Dean’s birthday so I thought I’d make a little something from my chum Greg’s fabulous “In the kitchen with James Dean” cookbook Recipes for Rebels. There are so many fab recipes in this book (I’m looking at you Eartha Kitt’s Crocked Rabbit with Winter Vegetables) it was hard to choose, but as […]

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Ed Begley’s Citrus Dressed Asparagus

Ooh, another veggie one for the Columbo cookbook.  This is a super easy, but very nice way of perking up asparagus.   Seen here beside the very last recipe I needed to test for the book, Laurence Harvey’s Chicken Pie.   I’ve done it!  It was a gargantuan effort, and I’ve been piling on the […]

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George Hamilton’s Smoky Chicken

George’s recipe sounded very tasty on paper, and indeed, the result was really good.  But it is a tricky thing for a Brit to make due to amount of things our supermarkets don’t have in common with American ones…   I have moaned away on this blog before, about the fact we can’t get frozen […]

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Jose Ferrer’s Eggs Ferrer with Fried Potatoes

The key to this recipe is seasoning I think.  Plus giving your potatoes plenty of time to fry to get them all crispy and tasty.  I think I could have given these a bit longer… This is a very simple, but a fun way of using up leftover potatoes for breakfast or brunch I reckon.  Luckily […]

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Oskar Werner’s Wiener Schnitzel

I had a nice piece of veal left over from Lieutenant Columbo’s Veal Scallopini so I decided to rustle up a Weiner Schnitzel.  I love Oskar’s serving suggestion for this dish: lemon, beetroot, anchovies and capers. I love these fat, tasty anchovies from The Fickle Fish… I took the photo above, before I remembered about […]

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Robert Vaughn’s Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini

I think 2017 might be the year that I conquer my fear of the mushroom.  If I’m ever invited out to dinner at someone’s house and they ask if there is anything I don’t eat, mushrooms are top of the list.  Followed by aubergines and shellfish.  It’s a texture thing…  But actually, I don’t even […]

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Tyne Daly’s Lacey’s Key Lime Pie

Another first for January, Key Lime Pie.  Much discussion about the name of this pie with Mr R, the Key relates to the Florida keys right?  Aha, I see from Wikipedia that I am indeed right!  But more than that, Key limes are a particular type of lime that are “naturalized throughout the Florida keys”.  […]

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Rip Torn’s Omelet Mexicali

On Friday I took the day off work and spent the whole day in the kitchen baking bread for my nephew’s brewery.  All of these loaves have BEER in them.    On the day before a bread sale, there is frantic activity early morning making all the dough and poolishes (if that is a word) […]

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Cliff Richard’s Shepherd’s Pie

When I have folks around for dinner, I try and remember to ask them if there is anything they don’t eat.  Well for Battenburg Belle’s birthday dinner I had quite a few things to juggle with.  2 vegetarian guests, one guest who is dairy free, and one who is allergic to chilli and red peppers.  […]

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Martin Landau’s Jerk Steak

My word, I think this was the best steak I have ever eaten, no kidding. Martin’s marinade was divine. Also, I had learned some stuff from Harry Eastwood’s steak masterclass in January’s Delicious Magazine.  Cooking steak always makes me a bit nervous, but there was good, solid, easy to follow advice in the article, and […]

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Lieutenant Columbo’s Scallopini

Murder Under Glass is the BEST Columbo episode for foodies.  There is so much brilliant stuff going on with Cioppino, “Bon Snacks” biscuits and Japanese blowfish I cannot even begin to explain…  If you have never seen it, seek it out on DVD and get yourself a bottle of Margaux and a Spong Corkette and […]

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Pearl Bailey’s “Jean’s Broccoli”

Broccoli is my default vegetable.  It always seems like the healthy option.  I eat it a lot.  I do love Yul Brynner’s method of jazzing up the green stuff, but my word, Pearl’s way of doing things, is even better.  Oh yum.  Very, very tasty indeed.  I’m going to perfect this! Seen here with Robert […]

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Martin Landau’s Vodka Martini Straight Up

I am excited about tonight’s #ColumboTV tweetalong, as the episode we’ll all be tweeting along with, is one of my absolute favourites: Double Shock.  Martin Landau plays Dexter Paris, host of a television cooking show, and he gets the Lieutenant up out of the audience, to assist him in making hollandaise sauce. Everyone is welcome […]

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Roddy McDowall’s Poached Pears

It’s a month of firsts. I’ve never poached a pear before… But I have now… Vanilla pudding mix is not something we have here in the UK, so many moons ago I asked my friend Heather to bring me back some from a trip to the USA.  After I’d got it, it sat in a […]

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Lieutenant Columbo’s Omelet

In the first non-pilot episode of Columbo, Murder By The Book, our favourite TV detective makes an omelet.  Well, he starts to make an omelet but we don’t get to see anyone eat it, as events interrupt his cooking session… Work continues apace on the Columbo Cookbook test cooking, and yesterday morning I made myself […]

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Richard Basehart’s Frankfurters and Beans

I love the monthly #ColumboTV tweetalong, and it was a no brainer to decide what to cook for the December one. The episode was Dagger of the Mind, starring Honor Blackman and Richard Basehart.  Columbo in London??  What larks! These were SO GOOD when I made them for me, myself and I a couple of years […]

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Donald Pleasence’s No-Name Curry

I can think of lots of names for Donald’s curry.  Donald Pleasence’s Weird Curry.  Donald Pleasence’s Bizarre Curry.  Donald Pleasence’s No Chop Curry.  Last but not least, Donald Pleasence’s Troublesome Curry.  But he calls it No-Name Curry, so No-Name Curry it is. I don’t blame Donald for his curry being troublesome.  I blame John West.  […]

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Ruth Gordon’s Zucchini Omelet

What a weird one 2016 was eh?  Goodness me.  So here’s hoping that 2017 will be a better year in many, many ways. Like many folks at this time of year, I’m plotting and planning about what next year will have in store.  My main project in 2017 will be the Columbo cookbook. Drum roll […]

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Rhonda Fleming’s Hollywood Ham Loaf

I returned from my folks’ place laden down with a huge bagful of leftovers – oh goodie!  My dad hates leftovers, but I love ’em!   Usually I would make some Roland Young Rissoles with all the leftover turkey and ham and pigs in blankets, but this year, I changed it up, and made a […]

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Tyne Daly’s Greyhound

Greetings kittens!  Did you have a lovely festive season?  It’s still going on around here, as I’m off to Mr R’s this afternoon for our pretend Christmas day.  We went to our respective parentals for the real one.  I cooked the Christmas dinner this year and have to admit, I was rather proud of myself. […]

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Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Paprika Chicken

In haste… Holidays are coming… Life is getting a little crazy… In this busy pre-Christmas period I was determined to catch up with Battenburg Belle and suggested that I cook a tribute dish for Zsa Zsa, who went to the Hollywood in the sky this week.  I’ve got a soft spot for Zsa Zsa as […]

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Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

Classic Hollywood movies, I’ve missed you! Over the last couple of years, I’ve had the entire Columbo series on rotation in my kitchen.  I plonked my old laptop on top of the kitchen record player, and had an episode of Columbo on DVD keeping me company every time I cooked… But as the second draft […]

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Pearl Bailey’s Jean’s Beans

When I was single for 8 years, I spent a lot of time hanging out with other singletons.  It made me feel less like I was the last single person on earth.  One of the chums I spent lots of time with, was my friend Ben, and around this time of year in 2012 we […]

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