Posts in the Category: Press

Jam roly-poly

Posted in - Press on January 26th 2016 0 Comments

Today I rode a friend’s horse and now the heavens have opened and I am sitting at my desk feeling very warm and cosy, safe in the knowledge that my work is done.  There are however 3 dogs at my feet who need to be taken out, though I am thankful that they are even less …


Salmon Crème Fraîche with Oatmeal Bread

Posted in - Press on December 13th 2015 0 Comments

The bread is easy and delicious, the salmon mixture speedily combined.  Ideal for a light lunch with salad or greens.

Bread Ingredients
80g porridge (produces about 325g cooked porridge)
600ml water divided up into two separate 300ml amounts
700g wholemeal flour
14g yeast (2 sachets of dried)
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp brown sugar
This makes two loaves, serving approximately 20. I …


Afternoon Tea Book

Posted in - Press on November 13th 2015 3 Comments

My book, Afternoon Tea, published by Amberley is out now!

Publisher’s blurb on the back of the book:

In this beautifully illustrated book, Vicky Straker invites us to tea in the Edwardian era and serves it up with over thirty of her own delicious recipes. Also included are chapters on dress, etiquette and the servants who prepared …


BBQ Roasted Babaganoush

Posted in - Press on June 5th 2015 0 Comments

Aubergine roasted on a barbeque tastes so much better than in the oven. I have a great Romanian friend, Monica, who introduced me to this.  While they are in season (now – June), they are 50p and so she barbecues and then freezes them. We had it longside smoked trout, smoked in a smoker I …


Madeira Cake

Posted in - Press on May 6th 2015 0 Comments

In the 17th century when dinner was served earlier, cake may be eaten at midday with an alcoholic drink such as Madeira.  Its popularity drunk alongside this cake is where the name comes from.

There are 2 secrets for a successful Madeira cake:

Use free range or organic eggs whose yolks will contribute a beautiful yellow and …


Apple and Blackberry Salt Caramel Tart

Posted in - Bake & Press & Puddings on January 15th 2015 0 Comments

This is one of those definite successes which went down very well at a dinner party.

Makes 12 x 9cm tartlets or 1 large 27cm tart

250g 00 flour
125g unsalted butter
1 egg yolk
whole milk (up to 50mls)

6 English apples such as Cox, peeled, cored and very finely sliced.
10 blackberries per tart, approximately.

Salt Caramel Sauce
150g brown sugar
150g golden …


Cranberry Sauce

Posted in - Press on December 12th 2014 0 Comments

In the hope that I will have time to open stockings with the children, go to church, have a drink before the feast, and not feel addled by all of the cooking, this is my second step in achieving that…  the first being Christmas pudding (not that anyone makes it on the day!)…

75g brown …