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 transit from Washington D.C. […]

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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 soaking with […]

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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 the fiddliness of the baked artichokes […]

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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

“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. Will Ruth and […]

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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 cookathon. The […]

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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 Ice Box Cookies. She’s a human […]

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Marlene Dietrich’s Lamb Chops en Casserole

“I was raised almost entirely on turnips and potatoes, but I think that the turnips had more to do with the effect than the potatoes.” Well I am pleased to say that Marlene’s Lamb Chops en Casserole contains both potatoes AND turnips which gives weight to the idea that it actually WAS her very own […]

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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 Song and we are up and running. Kicking off […]

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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 result was delicious – a “little fish” placed in a […]

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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 Alice Joyce as Clara Bow’s mum. The […]

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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) beef […]

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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 last) by Rita Hayworth. […]

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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 – Veronica is a vegetarian. It […]

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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 SANDWICHES! Basically you need 6 circular […]

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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 fine. A […]

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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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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 favourite recipe. […]

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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 quote above about cooking a fish […]

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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 the chaw-bacon’s charming hairdo. If the kilted […]

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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 thought […]

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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 winner, a winner. I ate […]

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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 smell burning it’s salad” and […]

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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 feel. If thinking […]

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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 the cake to be nice but the fig filling to be […]

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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 Jimmy flipped the TV over with great haste to […]

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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 disastrous state of my […]

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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 proving a bit […]

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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 publish an entry. Surreal. Am having […]

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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 ended up with an ex – the Pocket […]

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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 HER here. I bet my Texas buddy […]

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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 women”. Hm, interesting. As I used the STAR’s big wooden […]

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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 singing, “one day my […]

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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 dab […]

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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 butcher would be the […]

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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 the pudding basin. She […]

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