About Vicky

Realising that her calling was culinary, Vicky gave up teaching to take the final two terms of a Diploma in Food and Wine at Leiths.  Making handmade chocolates and catering was all too soon interrupted by marriage and children with whom she lives a rural life, alongside a plethora of dogs, chickens and hamsters.  

This blog was originally started to keep track of recipes in a slightly chaotic household and for friends who asked ….


Discovering her great great grandmother, Dorothy Peel OBE, via a dusty book in her attic in 2012, has lead to Vicky sourcing the several books published by Dorothy between 1903 an 1933. The books were written under her married name, Mrs C.S. Peel, during her career as a journalist.  They involve cookery, domestic, fictional and historical novels.  She also worked in helping the Nation with WW1 Rationing within the Ministry of Food in 1917, for which she received an OBE.

Vicky has read and absorbed each of these books whilst working her way through the hundreds of recipes.  The best and most interesting of these are shared on this blog and will be published alongside chapters on the great changes seen by Dorothy during her lifetime, in  From Pigeon Pie to Great War Recipes: Dorothy Peel OBE Rationing Queen to be published by Pen and Sword in 2015.

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Daily Mail Article
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  • Lucinda Gosling - Reply

    July 14, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Dear Victoria
    Very interested to come across the article on Mrs C S Peel in the Mail’s WW1 Centenary issue. She features prominently in my recently published book – ‘Great War Britain’ (History Press) – particularly in the chapter on food (obviously). It focuses on the home front experience of the war as told in the pages of magazines such as The Tatler, The Sketch and The Queen, of which Mrs Peel was a regular contributor, as you’ll know of course. Here’s the link to my book:
    Best wishes
    Luci Gosling

    • Victoria Straker - Reply

      July 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Thank you for letting me know Luci. This started as a family project and has turned in to more through interest shown. Lovely to hear that Granny Dot is inspiring others. There is an American woman who gave a talk on her recently who I met a couple of weeks ago. Best wishes Vicky

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