Roland Young’s Rissoles

No need to look so worried Roland, we LOVED your rissoles. Left over turkey never tasted so good. It also gave Ginger the opportunity to crack her, “I’ll be round like a rissole” joke. Grace and I tucked into the rissoles with delicious caper & anchovy sauce whilst discussing our favourite subject – relationships. Heady […]

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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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Adolphe Menjou’s Venetian Spiced Cheese version 2

There has been much hilarity this week with all kinds of high jinx. Myrna and William came over for a Strictly Come Dancing dinner and we had another batch of Adolphe’s spicy cheese. It was very much enjoyed and I liked Myrna’s observation that he was “probably the last person ever to be christened Adolphe”. […]

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Adolphe Menjou’s Venetian Spiced Cheese

“It was my mustache that landed jobs for me. In those silent-film days it was the mark of a villain.” If only you could tell these days if a man were a villain by whether or not he wears a moustache. There seem to be a few villains around at the moment posing as nice […]

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Pola Negri’s Banana Trifle

“Yes, I was correctly quoted in saying I introduced sex into films in the 20’s, but it was sex in good taste and left a great deal to one’s imagination.” I am going to invoke the spirit of Pola when those Rolling Stone hunks come round to dinner on Sunday, I just cannot WAIT. And […]

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Joan Bennett’s Baked Salmon

“If only Vivien Leigh had stayed in England, that part would have been mine.” Hmm. I presume Joan is talking about Vivien’s role in Gone With The Wind there. Intriguing. Can’t imagine Joan in that part. Well, bouncing up and down to the Kaiser Chiefs on Friday seems to have dislodged the feeling sorry for […]

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George Bancroft’s Luscious Savory Beef Stew

A very SNAZZY picture of George that I didn’t see yesterday when I looked… It is very late (past midnight) and I am very drunk (2 pints and approximately 1 bottle of red) so this will be short. The Stew was a hit and Charley said, “Good staight ahead vittles” which is obviously a compliment […]

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George Bancroft’s Luscious Savory Beef Stew

“In nine times out of ten, the slanderous tongue belongs to a disappointed person.” Well that’s about the size of it. I am a disappointed person. Still, it’s only Tuesday… I have recovered my equilibrium somewhat and am looking forward to cooking up a feast for Charley tomorrow and seeing what he has to say […]

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Joan Blondell’s Sunday Night Special

I’ve been holding a candle for a man named Joe for about two years and last week he announced totally out of the blue that he’d broken off his engagement and wanted to see me for a drink on Friday night. I hardly dared imagine that it might be a date and just assumed that […]

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David Niven’s My Man Godfrey Cocktail

“I have a face that is a cross between two pounds of halibut and an explosion in an old clothes closet.” I don’t usually write about things I haven’t made myself but I must just mention the marvellous “My Man Godfrey” cocktail served in the 5th floor bar of Waterstones, Piccadilly. On Tuesday I was […]

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Ann Sheridan’s Chili Casserole

What do you see for me in your crystal ball Ann? Several days of waiting for The Artist to call me on the phone I expect… I remembered that Ann’s Chili Casserole needed testing for the book so we had that last night and the ladies liked it. We almost polished it off between the […]

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Richard Arlen’s Chili Con Carne

Well would you believe it? The very DAY after I spend the weekend canoodling with a new squeeze WHO should phone out of the blue to “see how I am” but the chaw-bacon. He must be finely attuned to the vibrations throughout the ether of an ex girlfriend finally putting a nail in the coffin. […]

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Joan Blondell’s Onion Soup

“I don’t know what the secret to longevity as an actress is. It’s more than talent and beauty. Maybe it’s the audience seeing itself in you.” Another winnner from my favourite of all the stars. I rustled it up for Grace and Ginger exactly as per Joan’s recipe. My little copyright buster was to cut […]

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Ida Lupino’s Lemon Mousse

“My agent had once told me that he was going to make me the Janet Gaynor of England – I was going to play all the sweet roles.” I’ve been in a bit of a spin since my last entry. Just after I finished Marlene’s delicious lamb chops and was just about to find out […]

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Gloria Swanson’s Butterless Devil’s Food Cake

“Hollywood abounded with driven creatures endlessly looking for solace or compensation in alcohol, drugs, and sex.” Well after the weekend I’ve just had the same could be said of North London Gloria. I am still reeling from Nazimova’s party, I was so out of control my ears are still ringing… Still, to the cooking. To […]

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Greta Garbo’s Swedish Meatballs x 2

“Gif me a visky, ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby.” Maybe if I hadn’t drunk so much I wouldn’t have ended up wailing and howling late into the night then waking up surrounded by piles of snotty tissues. Charley came over for meatballs and in conversation mentioned that his new girlfriend […]

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William Powell’s Beets Piquants

“I highly recommend worrying. It is much more effective than dieting.” Well the worrying is over for Ginger. She exploded into the house yesterday evening with the fabulous news that she has scored a great new job with S&S. Yippee. We celebrated with a bowl of Beets Piquant and a glass of champagne. A very […]

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Janet Gaynor Ice Box Cookies

Deep in the depths of the magical New Forest another batch of JGIBCs were cooked up. Early in the morning before most of my fellow writers began shuffling into the enormous kitchen for their herbal teas and barley cups I sliced and baked whilst in my kimono and slippers. These were gluten free versions and […]

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Joan Blondell’s Peach and Cherry Compote

“In the 20s, you were a face. And that was enough. In the 30s, you also had to be a voice. And your voice had to match your face, if you can imagine that.” Well, my favourite star of all came up with another winner. Even though this dish included an alarming amount of icing […]

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Jean Harlow’s Celery a la Shrimp

“She didn’t want to be famous. She wanted to be happy.” So said Clark Gable… Poor Jean – only 26 when she died. Lots of people were madly in love with her – including William Powell it is rumoured. We liked her crispy shrimpy celery. We had a “taste test” involving stuffed celery to Jean’s […]

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Dorothy Dare’s Flora Macaroons

As Doris observed, it looks like Dorothy Dare is WEARING her Flora Macaroons in this frock… Much fun in the kitchen while these were being made and the resulting propped and styled photographs were as pretty as a picture. We don’t know why they are called “Flora” Macaroons but this title led Doris into taking […]

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Anna Sten’s Coffee Parfait

In a country kitchen in Devon with a whirlwind of cooking activity going on around me I attempted another version of the Coffee Parfait, this time from the pen of the actress Gary Cooper referred to as “Anna Stench”. The fact that I was on a cookery writing course surrounded by PROPER cooks only added […]

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Margaret Sullavan’s Peanut Butter Hermits

“Most actors are basically neurotic people. Terribly, terribly unhappy. That’s one of the reasons they become actors.” Well there is a word of warning for myself and Grace. Might help prevent a cat scrap over the handsome new rockabilly… Margaret’s recipe stated that there would be enough cookie dough for “eighteen Hermits” and so there […]

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Sonja Henie’s Scandinavian Cookies

“Jewelry takes people’s minds off your wrinkles.” Ha ha! That’s my favourite Silver Screen Supper quote so far. LOVE IT. Like Sonja herself these were cute, cute, cute. Easy to make but they look impressive with their little dents filled with blackcurrant jam. The MS Cake Break day was a roaring success. I raised almost […]

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Gary Cooper Griddle Cakes x 3

“My wife said she’d help young people, … That’s what I’d do. Help young people, then buy a big motor home and get out of town.” Had a lovely time with the Panther this weekend, he was making me laugh a lot. Even when his car got towed away he kept his sense of humour. […]

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Alan Ladd’s Hamburger Rodeo

“We got potato soup and mutton week after week at home. I still turn green when lamb is served. “ Charley came round for dinner last night and because of his passion for the FRANKFURTER I made Alan Ladd’s Hamburger Rodeo. What a strange dish that is. Not to mention the fat content – you […]

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Louise Brooks’ Chicken Knickerbocker Supreme

“Most beautiful dumb girls think they are smart and get away with it, because other people, on the whole, aren’t much smarter.” Louise had to be the smartest of them all I think. I am loving “Lulu in Hollywood”. Thanks to Thomas Gladysz of the Louise Brooks Society I had a chance to make Louise’s […]

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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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Cliff Richard’s Shepherd’s Pie

“Celebrities meet a lot of people and we just can’t maintain them all in our fuddled brains.” Some people might find it strange that Cliff features in the Silver Screen Suppers project. I justify it thus: firstly he is the patron saint of the Tri-Delta sorority house, secondly, I have a lovely photograph of him […]

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Mary Pickford’s Strawberry Shortcake

“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” I have finally cracked open the box of Biscuick that Rosalind kindly lugged all the way back from the USofA for me. I have two lovely 1930s recipe books for the weirdness that is Biscuick and so I wanted to try some using […]

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Marion Davies’ Rarebit a la Marion

“With me it was 5 per cent talent and 95 per cent publicity.” Grace and I awoke with the humdinger of all hangovers on Sunday morning after our singles night in the champagne bar of the Great Eastern Hotel. Grace had more success than I did – there was one incident of her encouraging a […]

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Ginger Rogers’ Date Butterscotch Pudding

“Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels.”     My sorority girls proved their mettle this morning when we shared Ginger’s Butterscotch Pudding for breakfast. Who in their RIGHT MIND eats tapioca? When boiled with water it turns into frog spawn and when butter, sugar and dates are added […]

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Janet Gaynor’s Ice Box Cookies

I am living the high life at a stayingcool apartment in Manchester. “Deluxe Meets Pop” in the Edge – blime. It is SO fabulous with swanky furniture, blobby wallpaper and shag pile rugs that you could lose a puppy in. It is a “Forty Bottles” event. Marilyn is in bed in full make up and […]

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