Posts in the Category: Press

Baked Alaska

Posted in - Press on September 9th 2019 1 Comments

For Mats’s 11th birthday I’d had a ridiculous weekend of baking disasters (I learned that adding too much xanthum gum to a gluten free recipe leads to a gluey consistency)!  We changed to being gluten free over a year ago so I will post non gluten free alternatives in the ingredients, where I have them.  …


Daily Mail Article!

Posted in - Press on September 5th 2019 4 Comments vicky

How the Mail’s fur-coated cook Mrs Peel turned war-weary wives into domestic goddesses a century ago 

Dorothy Peel advised ration-weary home cooks in the years after World War I
The cookery writer wrote the 1919 Daily Mail Cookery Book 
Her great-great-granddaughter Vicky has adapted the recipes for a book
She explores how being a domestic goddess has changed in the …


Bicycles, Bloomers and Great War Rationing Recipes

Posted in - Press on June 9th 2016 0 Comments

The book I wrote first and poured my heard and soul into has just been delivered by the postman.  I opened the package, carefully took out the book, and promptly burst into tears!  Definitely an emotional moment, shared with the dogs as my husband is cycling to Paris at the moment for charity.  Anyway, finally it …


Jam roly-poly

Posted in - Press on January 26th 2016 0 Comments IMG_0825

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 IMG_0635

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 book2

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 IMG_9814

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 …