Prep time:

Cooking time:

Total time:

Serves: 20

200g fresh salmon

5g rock salt

35ml vodka

10g dill

50g cooked beetroot

For the oatcakes

225g oats

60g plain flour

½tsp bicarbonate of soda

60g salted butter

1tsp salt

½tsp sugar

70ml hot water

Here, Nicci Gurr shares a sumptious salmon gravadlax canape recipe. Details included to make your own oatcakes though you can always buy a packet to save on time.

Salmon preparation

Finely chop the raw salmon, put in a bowl, add half of the chopped dill, the vodka and the salt, cover and leave in the fridge overnight. 

Method for oatcakes (or buy a packet of mini oatcakes)

  1. Place the oats, flour, bicarbonate of soda, butter and sugar in a blender until you have fine crumbs (you can blend by hand if you prefer a coarser mix). Add the warm water slowly until a dough-like consistency is formed. Sprinkle flour on a work surface, then roll the dough to about a £1-coin thickness and cut out 1-inch circles (a shot glass is good for this if you don’t have a cutter).
  2. Bake at 180C for 10-15 minutes until cooked all the way through. Allow to cool before serving.

1 hour before serving

  1. Take the salmon mix out of the fridge, add the finely chopped beetroot and place back in the fridge.
  2. Place a blob of crème fraiche on each cooled oatcake, then about ¾ of a teaspoon of the salmon mix, garnish with the remaining dill


Salmon usually calls for a glass of bubbles for the refreshing acidity. But the beetroot gives this dish added character so we’ve gone for a rosé fizz from the Loire Valley in France. Made from Pinot Noir, Langlois Crémant de Loire from the Secret Cellar (£18.00), is packed with berry and light spice notes which gives it enough power to match the beetroot perfectly.

A taste of the Mediterranean: Sharing Platter

Enjoy putting together a delicious sharing platter for outdoor dining with friends.

A Very Berry Jelly

Writer, blogger and homemaker Cherry Menlove will be demonstrating her baking and craft skills at the Chefs’ Theatre at Wealden Times Midsummer Fair’s Sew, Grow, Eat festival in June. Cherry has compiled a selection of her delicious recipes in her...

All in One Chicken with New Potatoes & Peppers

This really is one of the quickest and easiest recipes so ideal for feeding families easily and quickly during the holidays. Everything goes into one pan and comes with its own delicious gravy – for younger children I just serve...