Jane Fonda’s Spring Vegetable Sauté

It was almost dark when I got home from work this evening, so Spring, it definitely is not. Autumn seems to have descended upon London this week, and along with it a teenager-style attitude to cooking which effectively is this: “I can’t be bothered to cook when I get in”. We all feel like that […]

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Jane Fonda’s Vegit With Cottage Cheese

Have you ever left something important on a bus?  I once got all the way up to my fourth floor flat late on a very rainy evening, and realised the moment I closed the door that I’d left a 6 pack of cold beer on the bus.  Oof.  Tonight I realised the moment I stepped […]

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Peter Fonda’s Breakfast Smoothie

I’ve had a couple of these for breakfasts during Jane Fonda month so far… I know that Jane loves a smoothie, and her brother’s version has had to stand in for the one she demonstrates in her video about breakfasts, as I did not have any PROTEIN POWDER around the place… But I do now! […]

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Jane Fonda’s Spaghetti in Spicy Peanut Sauce

I love Mondays.  I never go out on a Monday evening.  For me, it’s a night when I cook something nice to eat, and go to bed really, really early.  Tonight was no exception.  I made some of Jane’s spaghetti and I’m about to turn in – it’s 9.30pm. This recipe sounds a bit odd, […]

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Jane Fonda’s Salmon With Corn Sauce

I’ve done it my friends! I have done the Jane Fonda Workout! It was excellent fun.  I loved it!  Mind you, I was quite amazed at how flexible La Fonda was, and by contrast how feeble I was.  She is AMAZEBALLS in the workout video and can get her leg right up to her ear. […]

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Ralph Hertz’s Thousand Island Dressing

If anything can scupper my month of living like Jane Fonda by trying to eat healthily and exercise, it is THIS. If I was a chocoholic, I wouldn’t have a chocolate fountain in my house would I? So why, oh why, as a self-confessed-guilty-pleasure-style-slightly-ashamed-of-myself-addict do I have a huge Kilner jar of Thousand Island Dressing […]

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Jane Fonda’s Apple-Raisin Oatmeal

I have a day off work today to do some editing on the Columbo book.  As I’d heard Jane mention in her YouTube video about breakfasts that oats were good for the brain I decided to make myself some of her Apple-Raisin Oatmeal for breakfast.   In fact, Jane’s headnote to this recipe reinforces her […]

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Jane Fonda’s Granola

I made a batch of this to kick off my month of living like Jane Fonda – more about this coming soon….  It produced 2 x 1 litre Kilner jars of granola so lucky Mr Rathbone got one for scoffing on his holiday, and I kept one for myself. Now, this is not a CRUNCHY […]

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Frankie Avalon’s Spaghetti Sauce

Imagine my surprise to open the work fridge last week and find this in a door shelf. YES! It is back! I wrote a post back in May about Frankie Avalon’s Salad Dressing and my disappearing salad dressing bottle. Pinched from the work fridge for a second time!  One kind reader called Sherry even took the time […]

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Jane Fonda’s Tangy Tomato Drink

I have been wanting to make a Jane Fonda recipe ever since I saw this photo, which to my mind is the best movie star cooking photo EVER. and on Sunday, my friend Sanja gave me a gift.  This… which I didn’t even know existed.  Imagine my excitement!  So I have decided that September will […]

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When Bloggers Meet – Retro Food For Modern Times

Everyone agreed.  If you are going to make Vincent Price’s Tropical Chicken, you’d better get yourself to a funfair that has a coconut shy.  Because the coconuts you get from Waitrose are TOO SMALL to contain a whole chicken breast when chopped in half and hollowed out. If you read a lot of cooking blogs, […]

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Martin Landau’s Straight Up Martini

Very sad to hear about Martin Landau going to that Hollywood in the sky yesterday.  Had to cheer myself up a bit with a big helping of his very own Martini recipe.  Martin is one of my favourite Columbo villains and I’ve written about the episode he is in here…. If you wanted to have […]

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Fourth Annual Piathalon – Rum Pie

I absolutely LOVE internet cookalongs, and the first one I ever got wind of was over at Dinner is Served 1972.  At that point I wondered if I’d ever be invited to participate in one, like a schoolchild desperately hoping for an invite to the cool kid’s party.  But now I know that these things are […]

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Susan Strasberg’s Cheese Blintzes

Ooh, these were a revelation!  Really, really good!   I’ve never had blintzes before but I liked these very much.  When I told Mr  R what I was planning for breakfast he did his best John Lennon impression saying: “put them over there, not near the food”.  This was apparently what John said when presented […]

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Peter Fonda’s Blender Breakfast

When did you first hear about chia seeds?  For me it was only a few months ago.  On the health food front I am definitely not what you would call an “early adopter”.  Also, I made my first ever smoothie only this year.  Deliciously Ella I am not.  What a tortoise… Mind you, the tortoise wins in […]

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Vincent Price’s Le Gratin Savoyard

I made this dish recently because the caretaker of my building threw away my cauliflower. Yes, a perfectly good cauliflower. But I guess it was my fault. I’d put it out on the fire escape because my old dinky fridge was too full, and it was cold out there. When I looked for it, it was […]

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Kim Novak’s Chiles Rellenos

This has been the week of the frozen archives.  My new fridge arrived on Friday and I am stupidly excited about it.  It’s a FRIDGEMASTER. Have you ever heard Ken Bruce’s music quiz POPMASTER on Radio 2?  If you have, you will know that I will be referring to my fridge as the FRIDGEMASTER in a kind […]

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Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

This is a photo of me, many moons ago, pretending to play a Wurlitzer dressed as Natalie Wood.  Why?  It’s a long story. I am almost at the stage where I know how to rustle up Natalie’s Huevos Rancheros without looking at the recipe.  It has become the default “Spinster’s Saturday” breakfast.  Mr R has to work […]

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Sophia Loren’s Fish Baked in Beef Stock

Divine!  As is tradition, while we are on our holidays on beautiful Mersea Island, staying in this fab fisherman’s cottage… we always buy freshly caught fish from the jetty, and make something film star related.  This recipe was a BIG HIT. I know nothing about fish, and to be honest, am rather nervous about cooking […]

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Test Cook’s Report – Rip Torn’s Omelet Mexicali

I’ve been receiving brilliant feedback from the lovely folks who have volunteered to test cook recipes for the Cooking with Columbo book.  There is still lots of time to join in – just check out the Columbo Cookbook page and choose something that takes your fancy. The first person to report back after my initial […]

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Nan Grey’s Shoestring Sweet Potatoes

I had a boyfriend once who could make chips.  Proper chips.  Like you would have here in the UK from a fish and chip shop.  I was always VERY impressed by this.  I have never, ever made chips.  Not even oven chips.  Until now.  Who knew it was so easy to do?  I’m guessing that […]

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Robert Quarry’s Texas Potato Salad

Quick as a flash, after the horrorfest that was Robert Quarry’s Beer and Cheese Soup, he has redeemed himself.  Mmmm – this is GOOD potato salad.  I don’t know about you, but I LOVE potato salad.  I always make it the same way though.  To my friend Alastair Hendy‘s recipe from Home Cook.  Man I […]

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Robert Quarry’s Beer and Cheese Soup

I should have loved this.  Beer.  Cheese.  Soup.  Three things I love.  Also bacon.  Alas, it was not the beer and cheese soup that was in my mind’s eye.  It was very weird. I think I made it look pretty good for the photo though…. The truly odd thing about it was the ball of butter […]

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Henry Fonda’s Spare Ribs With Sauerkraut

I have made a grown-up decision.  I am going to buy a new fridge.  The fridge I have in my rented flat is small and CRAMMED with jars and bottles.  It has a tiny freezer on top, also crammed with foodstuffs.  The main reason for getting a new fridge is for bread making purposes.  When […]

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Mary Astor’s Astor Painless Anaesthetic

It has been the week of the bad back.  Painkillers haven’t touched it.  Alternation of the application of a frozen slab of parsnip soup with a hot water bottle has had no impact.  The only thing that helps with the constant pain is BOOZE.  Luckily there is a new house cocktail – Astor’s Painless Anaesthetic – […]

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Sam Wanamaker’s Pear Preserve

Mmmm – I like!  This is, I think, the final of the core 69 recipes I’ve settled on for the episode specific dishes in the Cooking With Columbo book.  Sam Wanamaker directed the Grand Deceptions episode, and this is the recipe I’ll be recommending.  Unless, maybe, I can get hold of Robert Foxworth and persuade him […]

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Vincent Price Curry Demonstration Film

I learned something fundamental last week. You cannot stir a curry with one hand and try and film it on your iPhone with the other. The saucepan spins and spins and spins!  Just like the little coloured spinning wheel of death I get on my computer screen all the time, as my bedroom is an […]

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Hector Elizondo’s Baked Tomato Pasta

Ooh, this was DELICIOUS.  Soooooo good. So easy too.  Rustled up, scoffed up and washed up before sundown.  Fab for a week-night dinner. It’s a bit of a variation on another recipe I have from Hector, his Famous Pasta Pomodoro – similar ingredients, although no garlic in this one.  Cor.  Give this one a go […]

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Sharon Gless’ The Blonde’s Baked Beans

When I wrote about Tyne Daly’s favourite cocktail – The Greyhound my chum Lindy asked on Facebook if I had any recipes for Sharon Gless: and indeed I do.  Tyne and Sharon appeared together in groundbreaking kick-ass cop show Cagney and Lacey: If you are of a certain age, I can guarantee that you’ll have […]

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