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...
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...

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