What motivated you to blog about food?
I was broken hearted after the end of a relationship and lived on a houseboat full of celebrity recipe books. I decided to cook my way out of my funk by trying out the favourite recipes of my favourite film stars. The blog was a way of recording the dishes I cooked and the fun I had eating them.
What’s your signature dish?
If I am trying to seduce someone I make Rudolph Valentino’s Chicken From Parma, men love it.
What celebrity or celebrity chef would you most like to break bread with? Why?
Horror actor Vincent Price. He was a bon viveur and gourmet chef who collected recipes from all around the world and wrote several wonderful cookbooks.
What’s been your ultimate meal to date?
A “Gone With the Wind” luncheon party for 5 friends. We watched the first half of the film, then sat down to an enormous southern style banquet – recipes courtesy of Hattie McDaniel who played “Mammie” – and then all fell asleep during the second half.
What would your last meal be?
Joan Crawford’s Salami Canapes, Myrna Loy’s Quick Chicken Pimento Soup, Vincent Price’s Chicken in Pineapple, Ida Lupino’s Lemon Mousse, Janet Gaynor’s Ice Box Cookies. That’s greedy isn’t it?!
What’s your favourite part of the food blogging process? And the most negative?
I love getting comments from people on the other side of the world that I have never met and have made some great cyber friendships. Negative? Nothing, I love it all!
Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely?
I like blogs that have a project element to them. My current favourites are Dinner is Served 1972 and The Past on a Plate – http://dinnerisserved1972.com/ and http://www.thepastonaplate.com/
Do you blog full time? What’s your day job?
I am a film archivist by day and food blogger by night. I love the chance to combine my obsession with classic Hollywood movies with my interest in retro recipes.
Who is your favourite celeb chef and why?
I love Joan Crawford (well, she’s a celebrity and she cooked!) her recipes are always rather fanciful and usually include vast amounts of butter. Mind you, for fabulous recipes Marlene Dietrich is a safer bet – she REALLY knew how to cook. Her Lamb Chops en Casserole are stellar!
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