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...
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...
Mike Connors’ Lamb Chop Hot Pot

Mike Connors’ Lamb Chop Hot Pot

Oooh, this was GOOD! Proper old fashioned fodder with no fancy herbs and spices. Just a hearty amount of vegetables and super succulent lamb chops after two and a half hours in the oven. Perfect for a Saturday evening in lockdown. In the Cop’s Cookbook the title...
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...
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,...
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! Cheers...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Judy Holliday’s Stuffed Tomatoes

Judy Holliday’s Stuffed Tomatoes

I had a nice surprise last week when I found out my lovely blogger chum and food illustrator extraordinaire Miriam Figueras has been making YouTube videos about her love of silent movies. I find her voice lovely and soothing and I love this one about life lessons she...
Suzanna Leigh’s Leeks Vinaigrette

Suzanna Leigh’s Leeks Vinaigrette

I am very lucky to have an excellent corner shop about 5 minutes walk from my flat. During the lockdown, I am only trundling down there when absolutely necessary but the last time I went, I nabbed two leeks. I had no idea what I would do with them but Suzannah Leigh...
I Got Hitched!

I Got Hitched!

Here is some good news in these troubled times. Last Friday, just hours before the UK went into lockdown I got married! Regular readers will have heard Mr R mentioned a million times on this blog, and now I am thrilled to officially be Mrs R. Here are a few photos of...
Henry Fonda’s Swedish Meatballs

Henry Fonda’s Swedish Meatballs

Regular readers will know that I have been a food hoarder for many years. My frozen archives are legendary amongst chums, all four of the freezer drawers are packed solid. My food cupboards ditto. In the past, I have berated myself for this bad habit, but now...
Recipe of the Month – The Carole Landis Martini

Recipe of the Month – The Carole Landis Martini

If I am having a cocktail, four out of five times it will be a Martini. I love ’em. AHH, the days when you could get a My Man Godfrey Martini at the 5th View Bar in London wearing red knee-high boots! My Guild of Food Writer chum Richard Ehrlich knows everything...
Richard Arlen’s Buttered Cabbage a la Maryland

Richard Arlen’s Buttered Cabbage a la Maryland

Hello sailor! I’ve been thinking about cooking for one a lot lately. (Cooking for one person, not cooking for a sailor.) A while back I wrote a blog post about making Vesper Martinis and Martini Cured Salmon Blinis for one and mused on the joys to be had in...
Phyllis Diller’s Garbage Soup

Phyllis Diller’s Garbage Soup

Making this soup cures all ills. I was feeling somewhat melancholy last Wednesday evening (can’t remember why now) but my fridge was FULL of random veggies and once I got going on this I felt a million times better. The glorious thing about this soup is that you...
Greg Morris’ Ob’s Chicken

Greg Morris’ Ob’s Chicken

There was a great conversation in the film archive where I work recently about the phrase, “lost in the mists of time.” Two of the four people in the conversation had always thought the phrase was “lost in the MIDST of time.” I guess that both...
Dinner With James Garner

Dinner With James Garner

I have lived on my own for around 15 years but I have 3 imaginary friends who keep me constant company.  My best friend is Lieutenant Columbo.   My most recent bosom buddy is Jessica Fletcher.   But popping in and out over the years has been the lovely...
Tessie O’Shea’s Hamburger

Tessie O’Shea’s Hamburger

Tessie loved a burger! There are lots of recipes for them in her brilliant Slimming Cookbook and by rights I should have gone for the Hammy Hamburger as Hammy was one of my nicknames at school. This was partly because my surname is Hammerton but also because of a kids...
Audrey Hepburn’s Chocolate Cake With Cream

Audrey Hepburn’s Chocolate Cake With Cream

I burned the top of this cake so when I took it out of the oven, I almost put it straight in the bin. It was a birthday cake for my beloved and his family for a celebratory lunch and I thought it would taste awful. BUT, I had no more eggs, so couldn’t make...
Irene Dunne’s Chocolate Vinegar Cake

Irene Dunne’s Chocolate Vinegar Cake

I work in a film archive and all of my colleagues are just LOVELY. It’s such a fab place to work and there is always fun to be had when a birthday comes around. A big pretence is made that we’ve all forgotten all about it and nothing is said until about...
Yul Brynner’s Sauteed Broccoli

Yul Brynner’s Sauteed Broccoli

When it pours with rain on a dark and cold evening, commuters in London go a bit mental.  One night way back in November I had to wait in the cold and wet while 3 full buses sailed past my stop while folks in the bus queue were effing and blinding and waving their...
Vincent Price’s Carrot Soup

Vincent Price’s Carrot Soup

This might be my last post before Christmas so I hereby wish all my readers a fabulous festive season! It was my birthday last week and look at the haul I got – haha! Anyone would think I was writing a book about Murder, She Wrote! The day after my fabulous...

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