Bob Hope’s Baked Ham With Cider

Bob Hope’s Baked Ham With Cider

"There will always be an England, even if it's in Hollywood." Bob came up trumps with his Baked Ham. I made it for Charley on Easter Sunday as it seemed like a lot of soaking and boiling and baking were involved so I needed a good run at it. Definitely worth it as we...

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Marlene Dietrich’s Banana Nut Bread

Marlene Dietrich’s Banana Nut Bread

"Once a woman has forgiven a man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast." Well, it looks like I have at last broken free from the Toxic Scot. It is over and hopefully this time for good. Feeling positive and full of energy, not sad and miserable. Must remember...

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Joan Blondell’s Sunday Night Special

Joan Blondell’s Sunday Night Special

"It amazes me how some of these little numbers with dreamy looks and a dead pan are getting away with it. I'd hate to see them on stage with a dog act.” I may have already used this classic quote from Joan however, it kind of fits my mood. Had a horrible day with the...

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Janet Gaynor’s Ice Box Cookies

Janet Gaynor’s Ice Box Cookies

We are back to Janet's Cookies. It is ten past midnight and I have just eaten one. Fact is, I was feeling like a GOOSEBERRY here at Rosalind's place. The politics of relationships are very, very complicated and methinks it really is time to ship out to the sorority...

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Anna May Wong’s Teacakes

Anna May Wong’s Teacakes

  "Every time your picture is taken, you lose a part of your soul."   I can hardly believe that this is a 1940s photograph of Anna - she looks so MODERN. And her cakes are so good. Rosalind and Jimmy both said so. Unfortunately they got a little squashed in...

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Ronald Coleman’s English Pot Pie

Ronald Coleman’s English Pot Pie

"A man usually falls in love with a woman who asks the kinds of questions he is able to answer." Hm. That is worth a ponder Ronald. I liked your Pot Pie. Even though the first attempt at cooking the round steak ended in a very burned pan that boiling with vinegar and...

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William Powell’s Baked Artichokes

William Powell’s Baked Artichokes

“Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table.” What are artichokes FOR? And how do they WORK? It remains a mystery. Although we did come to the conclusion that...

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Janet Gaynor’s Ice Box Cookies

Janet Gaynor’s Ice Box Cookies

Turns out that Ruth is not only slightly camera shy but is also extremely blog shy. I am writing this for the record in the hope that at some point she will add stuff in, if not delete all this and rewrite it to her own specifications for it is SHE that made the Ice...

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Jean Harlow’s Hot Rolls

Jean Harlow’s Hot Rolls

“No one ever expects a great lay to pay all the bills.” Ha ha! How true. Ears must be burning both in Brixton and in Iraq today. We have given our imaginary boyfriends a right old going over in between lunch at Harpoon Hannah's Tiki bar and a session at SEA NEEDLES....

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Clara Bow’s Vanilla Marlow

Clara Bow’s Vanilla Marlow

"I wanna go home. I miss my cook." Ruth is beside the stove cooking up Fred MacMurray's Egg Burgers De Luxe for our breakfast and Clara Bow's Vanilla Marlow is "done and done" and settling down in the refrigerator. We are going for it in a big way on day two of the...

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Gary Cooper’s Griddle Cakes

Gary Cooper’s Griddle Cakes

"The general consensus seems to be that I don't act at all." What a joy to come downstairs after a long lie-in to find Ruth at the magi-mix preparing Gary Cooper's Griddle Cakes in her cowgirl pyjamas. Not only that but also mixing up the dough for Claudette Colbert's...

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Fred MacMurray Wine

Fred MacMurray Wine

"The two films I did with Billy Wilder, 'Double Indemnity' and the 'The Apartment' are the only two parts I did in my entire career that required any acting." Isn't Fred handsome? The Summit has begun. I am in Delaware ("Small Wonder") with America's Sweetheart of...

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Herman Bing’s Weiner Schnitzel

Herman Bing’s Weiner Schnitzel

Had a go at Herman's wonderfully eccentric recipe for Weiner Schnitzel last night and was mightily pleased with the results. Charley read the bizarre cooking instructions out loud in his lovely booming voice and declared it to be closer to poetry than a recipe. The...

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Berlin Film Festival

Berlin Film Festival

"The Madonna of the Screen" Just back from the Berlinale which was FABULOUS! There was a "City Girls" retrospective of some fabulous women centred films of the 1910s and 1920s. Didn't get to see as many as I wanted to but managed to catch "Dancing Mothers" and loved...

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Tex Ritter’s Chili

Tex Ritter’s Chili

Well I guess when you've been out riding the range all day you want a chili that doesn't take too long to make, so Tex's chili recipe is pretty basic. I have to admit that I cooked it for a lot longer than 15 minutes and added 2 Oxo cubes just to (quite literally)...

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What is Hominy?

What is Hominy?

"After all, a girl is - well, a girl. It's nice to be told you're successful at it." My new (and most expensive ever) film star recipe book has arrived on my doorstep and I am beside myself with excitement. There are some super fab recipes in there including one (at...

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Dick Powell’s Baked Noodles

Dick Powell’s Baked Noodles

"The best thing about switching from being an actor to being a director is that you don't have to shave or hold your stomach in anymore.” I tried Dick’s recipe for Baked Noodles on Saturday as I’m searching for a good veggie recipe to serve my sisters next Sunday –...

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Anna Sten’s Russian Sandwich

Anna Sten’s Russian Sandwich

Oh the Russian Sandwich is a thing of great beauty! I cannot WAIT for an unsuspecting guest to be at my house one lunchtime so I can ask the question, "would you care for a sandwich?" then disappear into the kitchen to make one of these TOWERING SPECTACULAR CIRCULAR...

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Lionel Barrymore’s Baked Steak

Lionel Barrymore’s Baked Steak

"I've got a lot of ham in me." On the page next to Ginger's Coffee Parfait was a recipe for prize ham actor Lionel Barrymore's baked steak. As I was hankering after what my old friend Kinky would call a "big hairy steak" last night I rustled it up and it was mighty...

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Ginger Rogers’ Coffee Parfait

Ginger Rogers’ Coffee Parfait

“My love for ice cream emerged at an early age - and has never left!” Well, I attempted Ginger's "Coffee Parfait" last night which would have been some kind of ice cream I guess if I hadn't made such a mess of it. I feel I was the victim of what Ruthie earlier in this...

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Slim Summerville’s Pineapple Omelet

Slim Summerville’s Pineapple Omelet

Puddin' Head As soon as I saw this recipe I fancied having a go. One of the more bizarre of the film star recipes turned out to be actually very tasty. Wasn't sure if it was a main course or a desert but I had it with a nice green salad in front of the box and it was...

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Cary Grant’s Steak a la Victor Hugo

Cary Grant’s Steak a la Victor Hugo

"You're just a bunch of molecules until you know who you are." I'm trying to work it out Cary, honestly I am... So the double boiler was put to its second use of the weekend - attempting for a second time to make the weirdo sauce that TWO stars have published as a...

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Claudette Colbert’s Caramel Custard

Claudette Colbert’s Caramel Custard

"Govern a family as you would cook a small fish - very gently."   OK so Claudette wore a very nice hat throughout "It Happened One Night" but her Caramel Custard wasn't up to much.However, I blame the double boiler - I need to practice. And maybe actually the...

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Clark Gable’s Stuffed Pork Tenderloins

Clark Gable’s Stuffed Pork Tenderloins

"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" Yeh, well neither do I... Annoyingly my enjoyment of "It Happened One Night" was increasingly marred by the fact that Clark's slicked back hairdo became all floppy fronted as the "night" wore on. This reminded me way too much of...

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Anna May Wong’s Tea Cakes

Anna May Wong’s Tea Cakes

  "I see no reason why Chinese and English people should not kiss on the screen, even though I prefer not to."   I saw an Anna May Wong film at the NFT on Thursday night. It's the first time I've seen her in a TALKIE. A very low, very posh voice indeed. I...

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Ida Lupino’s Lemon Mousse

Ida Lupino’s Lemon Mousse

Have you ever made something that was so delicious you just couldn't believe you had made it yourself? So it was last night when I rustled up Ida's Lemon Mousse which I ran out of time for on Saturday. OMIGOD. That is the most delicious desert EVER. A winner, a...

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Claire Dodd’s Grilled Spring Lamb Beggs

Claire Dodd’s Grilled Spring Lamb Beggs

Am installed in my country retreat for 6 weeks. Marvellous. On the night my host and hostess left for South Africa there were loud guffaws at the suggestion that I'd be cooking up a storm in their kitchen. Rita has a magnet on her fridge which reads, "If you can't...

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The New Year’s Resolution

The New Year’s Resolution

“I never gave away anything without wishing I had kept it; nor kept it without wishing I had given it away.” That Louise Brooks one was a super intelligent woman. I may use her as my mentor for 2007. However, the more I think about the quote above the more perplexed I...

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Lillian Roth’s Fig Cake

Lillian Roth’s Fig Cake

“When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along” Our project's staunchest supporter Paulette gave her verdict on the Lillian Roth Fig Cake this morning as we all nursed mighty hangovers after going to the superb "Class Club" at the Barbican. Her and hubby declared...

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Zuzu’s Petals

Zuzu’s Petals

Season's Greetings! As is tradition there was a Christmas screening of "It's a Wonderful Life" at Rosalind's place. Her very own Jimmy Stewart had NEVER SEEN THE FILM. It caused much amusement as Rosalind and I kept passing each other tissues and when it had finished...

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Errol’s Fish Dish Again

Errol’s Fish Dish Again

Had a lovely re-run of Errol Flynn's Baked Fish Havanaise with Paulette last night. It is the one and only dish that I can remember the ingredients for at the supermarket so I guess that makes it a house special. I had a bit of a cry last night discussing the...

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Gracie Fields and Goose Fat

Gracie Fields and Goose Fat

"I wanna go home - I miss my cook" Am experiencing withdrawal symptoms as I haven't been near a stove for weeks so the Silver Screen Suppers project has slowed to a halt. I'm back from the land of the long white cloud but currently of no fixed abode so cooking is...

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Skeets Gallagher’s Souffle of Tomatoes

Skeets Gallagher’s Souffle of Tomatoes

I am in strange black walled Blade Runneresque internet cafe in Auckland - the only non Chinese person here. All the salty snacks are Chinese, all the cold beverages ditto and even blog instructions are in Chinese so I have to use graphic memory to work out how to...

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Evelyn Brent’s Spaghetti Mark 2

Evelyn Brent’s Spaghetti Mark 2

I have just had an almost perfect weekend. Much hilarity at the World's Biggest Blind Date attempt as mobile phone technology failed to match up to the task of 600 singletons attempting to find their assigned date in a ram jammed bar offering free drinks. Bizarrely I...

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Roy Rogers’ Corn Fritters

Roy Rogers’ Corn Fritters

I know I should really have a picture of Roy with TRIGGER but I just couldn't resist this jigsaw puzzle picture with puppies. Also, as it was almost certainly always his cowgirl co-star and wife Dale Evans who made the fritters there should probably be a picture of...

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Walter Connolly’s Corned Beef Hash

Walter Connolly’s Corned Beef Hash

I had an intriguing conversation with a friend of the Chaw-Bacon in a telephone box in the rain yesterday afternoon. Apparently the friend has had a "big falling out" with the CB because of his, "appalling misogynistic attitudes" and “blind spot when it comes to...

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Winnie Lightner’s Italian Salad

Winnie Lightner’s Italian Salad

Ah the Archers was a humdinger this week. "Stolen kisses in the cowshed" said Ruth after a passionate embrace with Sam - ha ha. I was right there with them. Not only was there passionate intrigue but also a superb comedy moment when Linda Snell put her foot in it by...

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Greta Garbo’s Swedish Meatballs

Greta Garbo’s Swedish Meatballs

"Life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it." How true Greta, how true. The lovely Buster is in town. He came over for Greta’s Swedish Meatballs last night and damn they were good, even if I do say so myself. I think I am actually getting quite a...

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Mary Brian’s Orange Circles

Mary Brian’s Orange Circles

Have just been on a stroll up to Kilburn High Road to my friendly butcher to seek out "round steak" for Greta Garbo's Swedish Meat Balls. After scouring the interweb to try and find out what the English equivalent cut of meat would be to no avail I decided that the...

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Sylvia Sidney’s Steamed Chocolate Pudding

Sylvia Sidney’s Steamed Chocolate Pudding

"Hollywood! It's like an old chair - if it's useful, keep it; if not, give it to Goodwill." I like Sylvia Sidney. She always looks a bit sulky. I liked her Chocolate pudding too - absolutely scrumptious. Paulette kindly had a go at this recipe as she is a whizz with...

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Evelyn Brent’s Spaghetti La Fascisti

Evelyn Brent’s Spaghetti La Fascisti

Got to be quick as it is home-time and I have a gaggle of girls coming over for dinner tonight. I have prepared the spaghetti sauce in advance and it is in the fridge in two large saucepans. A bit like a student supper really but I selected it in celebration of the...

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Richard Arlen’s Mexican Chili Con Carne

Richard Arlen’s Mexican Chili Con Carne

"Some people are just nice guys and nothing, not even Hollywood, can change it." I LOVE Richard Arlen and mainly because I made his Chili Con Carne last night and it was quite honestly the most delicious Chili I have ever eaten outside of Texas! Despite the fact that...

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Tim McCoy’s Corn Pudding

Tim McCoy’s Corn Pudding

Well either Paulette and I are exceedingly greedy or Tim McCoy's cowboy comrades had tiny appetites. Reputedly serving 6-8 Tim's delicious eggy, peppery corn dish was polished off by just two of us on Friday night with a bottle of red. I do admit though that when I...

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Buster’s Tuna Toast Comforter

Buster’s Tuna Toast Comforter

"Some say my acting rose to the level of incompetence and then levelled off." What else is a girl to do after having been dumped by text than go home and cook herself some comfort food. That hunk Buster came up with the goods. Four of my favourite things in once...

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