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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 we'll...

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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 can...

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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 phrases make sense. I...

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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...

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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...

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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 another,...

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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 3pm when...

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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...

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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 birthday I...

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Robert Quarry’s Texas Potato Salad

Robert Quarry’s Texas Potato Salad

I am going on a week's writing retreat on Monday and I cannot wait. I'll be here... More specifically here... I'll be working on the Murder, She Wrote book and trying not to disturb the three other writers in the building with the sound of the theme song playing over,...

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Dinner With Bea Arthur

Dinner With Bea Arthur

I love getting an invite out of the blue to participate in a blogathon, and Gill of Real Weegie Midget Reviews always thinks of me when she has one coming up, thanks Gill! I have participated in the Michael Caine Blogathon, the Lee Grant Blogathon, the Shelley Winters...

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Una Stubbs Update

Una Stubbs Update

A few days after my Una Stubbs Home-made Muesli post, Mr Rathbone turned up at my place with this... Who kn-una? I had no idea Una had made a fitness record but you'd better believe I'm going to get my leotard and legwarmers on soon and have a go at this. I shall make...

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A Vincent Price Curry Party

A Vincent Price Curry Party

Halloween is coming!  I have a proposal for you!  Why not have a Vincent Price Curry Party?  First, could I encourage you to spend a few minutes listening to the dulcet tones of Vincent describing his Lifesaver Curry?  This is a video that Peter Fuller of the Vincent...

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Marlene Dietrich’s Sleeping Potion

Marlene Dietrich’s Sleeping Potion

Hot on the heels of Oooooona's Moooooosli, here comes Marleeeeeeeen's Sardeeeeeeen. Of course, this pleasing combination of words only works when mispronouncing MarlAYYYYYna Marleeeeeeeen, but hey ho... I made a beautiful loaf of rye bread on a fabulous day in the...

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Una Stubbs’ Home-made Muesli​

Una Stubbs’ Home-made Muesli​

There are some combinations of words that are nice to say together and for me, Una's Muesli is one of those. But you have to pronounce Una OONA rather than YOONA. When I am out and about and need to grab something for breakfast from somewhere like Pret a Manger I lean...

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Tessie O’Shea’s Fishcake

Tessie O’Shea’s Fishcake

Corinna and Cathy are GOOD SPORTS when they come round to my house for dinner. They probably know that something weird is going to be served up. Gourmet food Tessie's fishcake was not. Fishcake singular you note, even though it serves four. Basically, you make a big...

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Murder, She Wrote Cookalong Day 6 – Blogger Chums

Murder, She Wrote Cookalong Day 6 – Blogger Chums

One of the best things about having a blog is connecting with folks all around the world who are game for anything! So today's testers are based in Australia, the USA, Canada, Finland and Greece as well as here in good old Blighty. Thanks so much, you wonderful...

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Recipe of the Month – Kabot Kove Kookies

Recipe of the Month – Kabot Kove Kookies

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the first episode of Murder, She Wrote hitting TV screens in 1984 so this is a perfect recipe to celebrate! The Murder, She Wrote Cookalong is happening in the next few days so be prepared for much madness here on the blog... The first...

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