Recipe of the Month – Mary Pickford’s Jam Tarts

Recipe of the Month – Mary Pickford’s Jam Tarts

Here is something super cute to scoff after your Mary Pickford enchiladas!  I made these in honour of HippFest Silent Cinema Festival which is ALMOST UPON US my lovelies.  Have you got your pass yet? Only £20 for loads of amazing silent films with specially...
Tessie O’Shea’s Lettuce Sandwiches

Tessie O’Shea’s Lettuce Sandwiches

Ahhh, it’s the final recipe from the Tessie O’Shea Slimming Cookbook! In January 2019, I pledged to make one recipe a month from Tessie’s book and what with one thing and another, it has taken me until now to do all 12, but it’s been loads of...
Kate Mulgrew’s Pork Tenderloin

Kate Mulgrew’s Pork Tenderloin

It was kind of unfortunate that I’d seen The Tingler (1959) just a few days before making this dish. Because I couldn’t stop thinking about THE TINGLER every time I looked at this tenderloin. If you’ve seen that movie, you’ll know what I mean....
Five Alan Ladd Recipes

Five Alan Ladd Recipes

I love it when readers get in touch and ask for recipes and I am always happy to rummage around in my bookshelves to find them and send them out.  Usually I don’t get so much as a “thank-you” in return, but sometimes – hurrah – a lovely...
Ava Gardner’s Fried Fillets of Flounder

Ava Gardner’s Fried Fillets of Flounder

Have you ever seen anyone with a fishing rod look more gorgeous than Ava Gardner? Lest we assume Ava only donned the waders for a set of cheesecake photos, here she is with Gregory Peck “gone fishing”. Naturally once I’d stumbled upon these pix, I...
Sophia Loren’s Penne Alla Puttanesca

Sophia Loren’s Penne Alla Puttanesca

When I have some olives and anchovies knocking around the fridge my mind often suggests Spaghetti Puttanesca. I rustled this up just before Christmas and it was deliziosa (or maybe delizioso?). I don’t eat much pasta, but when I do I always think, “bloody...
Merry Christmas from Silver Screen Suppers

Merry Christmas from Silver Screen Suppers

What is left to say about 2020 that hasn’t already been said? I just wanted to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas whoever they are managing to spend it with. This will be the first time in about 25 years that I haven’t spent Christmas with my parents...
Brett Halsey’s Corn Pie

Brett Halsey’s Corn Pie

Greetings from Tier 3 lockdown in London! I am hunkering down for winter hibernation and planning some concentrated work on the Vincent Price Co*Star Cookbook. I now have a deadline for delivering all the recipes, headnotes and feedback from all the test cooks....
Pearl Bailey’s Colony Club Liver Supreme

Pearl Bailey’s Colony Club Liver Supreme

I keep cooking liver to Pearl’s specifications as her recipe is so easy, and so delicious, but I never seem to get around to telling you lot about it. Well, I found this post in my drafts folder, written at a time when I was I was a bit moody during the first...
Jean Seberg’s Christmas Eggnog

Jean Seberg’s Christmas Eggnog

Mr R does not like creamy sauces so I was almost certain that he wouldn’t like this most festive of drinks. When I asked if he liked Eggnog, he said, “It’s like that avocado stuff, isn’t it?” By which he meant Advocaat of course. And yes,...
Vincent Price’s Friday Chicken

Vincent Price’s Friday Chicken

Well, it’s almost Friday folks! Mr R volunteered to test cook this recipe for the forthcoming Vincent Price Co*Star Cookbook. BUT, we both got so drunk on Gertrude Niesen Buzz-Bombs that I ended up doing it instead. There is something very satisfying about...
Kim Hunter’s Nutty Sole and Brown Rice

Kim Hunter’s Nutty Sole and Brown Rice

I love it when a blog reader gets in touch, via email, a message via the contact page, a comment on a post – anything! It’s always lovely to hear from you, especially during this strange coronavirus time when I barely have any human contact during the...
George Segal’s Chicken Paprika

George Segal’s Chicken Paprika

Oh, the joys of cooking with a dear friend! Even when they are miles away in a different part of London and you can only see a tiny WhatsApp picture of them on your mobile phone. I absolutely LOVED cooking along with Sanja as I know her kitchen well and have great...
Ron Masak’s Flemish Pork With Beer

Ron Masak’s Flemish Pork With Beer

Well yesterday was quite a day.  It all started quite peacefully with a walk in Highgate Woods… and ended with a raucous party for two in my kitchen.  Much booze was drunk,  much dancing was done and many transatlantic texts flew through the ether between me in...
Audrey Hepburn’s Gstaad’s Pesto

Audrey Hepburn’s Gstaad’s Pesto

I cannot for the life of me remember why I decided to make Audrey’s Pesto, but I am guessing it was because I had some basil hanging around in the fridge. I don’t know about you, but as an urban fourth floor flat dweller with no herb garden, I am forced to...
Vincent Price’s Ghoulish Goulash for Halloween

Vincent Price’s Ghoulish Goulash for Halloween

Hello chums, I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to Halloween this year. Me and Mr R will be glued to the sofa all weekend scaring ourselves silly watching some amazing films courtesy of the Abertoir Horror Film Festival. I am planning to...
James Garner’s Oklahoma Chilli vs Chasen’s Chilli

James Garner’s Oklahoma Chilli vs Chasen’s Chilli

Remember the days when you could meet friends for an elaborate meal in a restaurant, or go round to a friend’s place for lunch? Any time you fancied? No matter that you were two different households? I’ve been putting off writing this post as I thought it...
Vincent Price’s Roast Turkey Wayside Inn

Vincent Price’s Roast Turkey Wayside Inn

WELCOME to those who have passed a milestone in the Everwalk Walk Up An Appetite Challenge.  Here’s a Thanksgiving recipe from the kitchen of Vincent Price. If you are a fan of Vincent, do sign up to my monthly newsletter or leave a comment below and I will add...
Helen Hayes’ Crockery Pot Leg of Lamb

Helen Hayes’ Crockery Pot Leg of Lamb

Oscar winning recipe from Helen! WELCOME to those who have passed a milestone in the Everwalk Walk Up An Appetite Challenge.  Here’s a blogpost that includes a fabulous recipe from the kitchen of Helen Hayes. If you are a fan of old Hollywood, do sign up to my monthly...
Pearl Bailey’s Macaroni And Cheese If I Say So Myself

Pearl Bailey’s Macaroni And Cheese If I Say So Myself

WELCOME to those who have passed a milestone in the Everwalk Walk Up An Appetite Challenge.  Here’s a blogpost that includes a fabulous recipe from the kitchen of Pearl Bailey. If you love classic Hollywood and its stars, do sign up to my monthly newsletter or leave a...
Vincent Price Bloody Marys

Vincent Price Bloody Marys

Greetings from the eve of Tier 2 here in London. So tomorrow we will be going into a second lockdown with the biggest change to our lives being NO HOUSEHOLD MINGLING. For me this will mean that during the week I’ll be here on my lonesome, and at the weekends I...
Jessica Fletcher Cheesecake Day!

Jessica Fletcher Cheesecake Day!

I love the way someone can decide that a certain date is International Spaghetti Day, or International Doughnut Day or my favourite of all – International Beer Day. Somehow these make their way into calendars of food and drink days all over the internet. I have...
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...
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...
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....
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...
Diana Rigg’s Goulash

Diana Rigg’s Goulash

WELCOME to those who have passed a milestone in the Everwalk Walk Up An Appetite Challenge.  Here’s a blogpost from 2015 that includes a fabulous recipe from the kitchen of Diana Rigg. If you are a fan of classic movie stars, do sign up to my monthly newsletter or...
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...
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...
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...
William Gallo’s Vodka Pasta

William Gallo’s Vodka Pasta

Pink food is weird. This was tasty (no doubt because essentially, it was mostly cream and vodka) but it was a very odd colour. I made this on a lovely summer’s evening after my daily constitution. It was a typical British summer kind of evening… The first...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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