Seven Errol Flynn Recipes!

Seven Errol Flynn Recipes!

When you wake up on a Tuesday morning during a pandemic and the news that greets you is that singing and dancing is now illegal in pubs it is easy to think that ALL FUN is cancelled. Now and forever. There is still fun to be had of course. But we are going to have to...

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Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

Natalie Wood’s Huevos Rancheros

Bored with the same old working from home lunch? I am finding it easy to be lazy about lunches. Toast is usually on the menu, and now the weather has changed I have rediscovered my passion for posh Cup-a-Soup, namely Szechuan Hot & Sour. But the other day I got a...

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Laurel & Hardy Recipes x 9

Laurel & Hardy Recipes x 9

Are you hungry? Are you a Laurel & Hardy fan? If so, you've come to the right place! A blog reader called Antoinette recently asked me if I could send her some Laurel and Hardy recipes so I had a rummage around in the collection and I found these nine. I've tried...

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Vincent Price’s Iced Tea

Vincent Price’s Iced Tea

Is it hot where you are? Here in the UK we are having an Indian Summer which is such a fillip. It is bright and sunny, and I'm still using my little portable desk fan. I am making the most of the lovely weather by spending an hour outside every day either walking...

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Diana Rigg’s Goulash

Diana Rigg’s Goulash

I was very sad to hear the news about Diana Rigg's death yesterday.  I thought I would republish a post from 2018 that features some lovely pictures of Diana and her recipe for goulash.   As far as I know, cider is not a traditional component of goulash, but...

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Murder, She Wrote Hen Night

Murder, She Wrote Hen Night

I spent my hen night in prison. Cabot Cove Prison to be precise. Cast your mind back to a time before Covid-19. When you could invite 15 of your best friends round to ALL BE IN THE SAME ROOM AT THE SAME TIME without the police being called and you getting fined...

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Pat Phoenix’s Jacket Potato

Pat Phoenix’s Jacket Potato

I am strangely obsessed with Pat's way of pimping a potato. It pops into my mind as something I fancy on a regular basis. I think I read in one of Sophia Loren's cookbooks that cheese with fish is a no-no in Italian cooking but I LOVE this combo on a potato. Pure...

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Tessie O’Shea’s Brandy Ice Cream Coffee

Tessie O’Shea’s Brandy Ice Cream Coffee

It's the penultimate Tessie O'Shea recipe from the slimming cookbook! I pledged to try one a month from this excellent tome way back in January 2019 and I've almost done it. It's taken me ages to get around to making this because I didn't want to buy a huge vat of ice...

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Richard Dix’s Sardine and Egg Salad

Richard Dix’s Sardine and Egg Salad

When I heard a couple of weeks ago that we won't be going back to the film archive until January 2021 at the earliest, I had a little meltdown. Six more months of working from home. I did the maths - I would be on my own five days a week for 27 more weeks at least....

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Billie Burke’s Asparagus Salad

Billie Burke’s Asparagus Salad

Billie Burke sent me a secret message on a packet of cheese recently. It was pure chance I spotted it because let's face it who usually reads the back of a cheese packet? It was on the wrapping of a big chunk of Davidstow Cheddar. This is the cheddar I always buy...

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Top 100 Greatest Columbo Scenes of the 1970s

Top 100 Greatest Columbo Scenes of the 1970s

I have been meaning to blog about this for ages but just to let all Columbo fans know that the fabulous Columbophile is doing this mega-countdown RIGHT NOW and I heartily recommend you check it out. If you are quick, you'll catch the last two posts where he'll be...

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Tessie O’Shea’s Diet Scotch Eggs

Tessie O’Shea’s Diet Scotch Eggs

Have you sorted out your social support bubble yet?  I saw mine last Saturday and it was a RIOT.  Mr R's sister and her husband came over and we had a boozy picnic.  OK, it was an indoor picnic because the weather wasn't great, but we had lots of picnic...

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Diana Dors’ Flageolet Beans With Tuna

Diana Dors’ Flageolet Beans With Tuna

Mr Rathbone's sister recently told me that when her mum was pregnant with her, she craved Mivvis. I am going to ask my mum if she had any particular food cravings when she was pregnant with me. It will not surprise me at all if she says tuna. Whenever I stop plotting...

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Grace Kelly’s Pissaladière

Grace Kelly’s Pissaladière

I hereby vow to make no more impulse buys from the "flash sales" section of my online groceries order. I really do love these fresh, herby anchovies but even though I used loads in the David Niven Jansson's Temptation recipe, the rest of the pack has been hanging...

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Malik Yoba’s Rhythm and Beans and Squash Stew

Malik Yoba’s Rhythm and Beans and Squash Stew

I am getting a bit devil-may-care about recipes in these strange times. There are many ingredients I can't put my hands on at the moment for obvious reasons, but rather than ABANDONING recipes for lack of this or that, I am getting CRAFTY. I did not have a yam, but I...

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QUARANTINI TIME #7! The Mary Pickford

QUARANTINI TIME #7! The Mary Pickford

This week we propose a Mary Pickford for your cocktail hour. You will need 2oz rum, 3/4 oz pineapple juice and 3 dashes of grenadine. Shake with ice. Serve with a whistle swizzle stick if you have one! https://youtu.be/eGOwudM1ysI Cheers Mary!

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David Niven’s Jansson’s Temptation

David Niven’s Jansson’s Temptation

I think my lockdown quarantine feral eating period is almost over. My panic buying of store cupboard staples seems to have abated and the compulsion to eat salad cream directly from the jar on a spoon seems to be slowing down too. But here is something I made when I...

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Diana Dors’ Chilli Con Carne

Diana Dors’ Chilli Con Carne

As regular readers know, I am a massive Diana Dors fan and have written lots about the recipes in the Diana Dors X-Cel Diet book. I am so lucky to work in a film archive and have the TV-am collection at my fingertips - well, I did before lockdown! Diana regularly...

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Virtual Vincent Price Dinner Party!

Virtual Vincent Price Dinner Party!

This Sunday folks! It's going to be an absolute hoot. Hosted by Vincent's daughter Victoria and my chum Peter Fuller of the Vincent Price Legacy UK website, it's only $5 to join and Vincent fans all around the world will be wining and dining together via the magic of...

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Vincent Price’s Chicken Sweet and Hot

Vincent Price’s Chicken Sweet and Hot

My brain has gone kind of melty when it comes to cooking during the lockdown. I am usually a stickler for making a recipe exactly to specifications, no deviations, no repetitions. But these strange times are doing something good to my brainbox and I am "subbing" as...

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Benny Hill’s Nice Salad

Benny Hill’s Nice Salad

I am as old as the hills, so when Mr R brought over his DVD of the Christmas Top of the Pops from 1971 this weekend I thought, I might know some of these songs. But it turns out, I knew the lot! And three of them have special significance too. Slade's Cuz I Luv U will...

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Julie Harris’ Curried Zucchini Soup

Julie Harris’ Curried Zucchini Soup

I can't remember the last time I ventured into a shop, I think it was about 10 days ago now, but I do remember that I bought two courgettes just because I thought they looked nice. Fresh veggies! I am usually very much a forward planner but these crazy days, not so...

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Godfrey Winn’s Kedgeree

Godfrey Winn’s Kedgeree

Have you seen that film La Grande Bouffe? It features a group of foodies getting together for a weekend of extreme eating. They eat and eat. and eat, and eat... So it was chez moi over Easter. If I listed what we had over our 4-day lockdown at Silver Screen Suppers...

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Vincent Price’s Corn Fritters

Vincent Price’s Corn Fritters

After my initial Covid-19 lockdown panic about getting hold of certain foodstuffs, things have calmed down a bit here in North London. I managed to get a grocery delivery last Sunday and I have kind friends who have dropped off a couple of things I couldn't get hold...

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