MRS STOKER’S RECIPE FOR SUCK-CESS

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY LAURA FER­GU­SON

A 100-YEAR-OLD north-east recipe from the wife of Drac­ula’s cre­ator has been res­ur­rected just in time for Hal­loween. Bram Stoker’s wife Florence penned the in­struc­tions for “Drac­ula Salad” and they were pub­lished in a pam­phlet to raise money to ren­o­vate Cru­den Parish Church. The dish, one of two sub­mit­ted by Florence for the pam­phlet, is per­fect for vege­tar­ian vam­pires – if there is such a thing. It in­structs the cook to “ar­range al­ter­nate slices of ripe toma­toes, and ripe, pur­ple, egg-shaped plums in a dish and dress with oil and vine­gar French dress­ing”. The se­cond recipe is a savoury dish made from plums rolled in ba­con, fried, and served on an oval crou­ton. These dishes have now re­ceived a new lease of life af­ter be­ing pub­lished as part of a new book, When Brave Men Shud­der: The Scot­tish Ori­gins of Drac­ula, by Mike Shep­herd. The book tells the story of Bram Stoker’s many vis­its to Cru­den Bay on the north-east coast of Scot­land and how Slains Cas­tle fa­mously be­came the in­spi­ra­tion for Count Drac­ula’s Tran­syl­va­nian lair. From 1894, Bram took monthly hol­i­days in the Aberdeen­shire fish­ing vil­lage of Port Er­roll – now called Cru­den Bay – where he wrote his books. He first dis­cov­ered the vil­lage while on a walk­ing hol­i­day along the Aberdeen­shire coast. Speak­ing of the ex­pe­ri­ence, he wrote: “When first I saw the place I fell in love with it.” Bram Stoker died in 1912, the same year his wife Florence sub­mit­ted her recipes for the pam­phlet en­ti­tled Cru­den Recipes and Wrin­kles. The au­thor dis­cov­ered the pam­phlet at his neigh­bour’s home and said it was a touch­ing trib­ute to Florence’s late hus­band. Mr Shep­herd said: “The recipe book be­longs to one of my neigh­bours and I was as­ton­ished when she showed it to me. “The pam­phlet went on sale only a few months af­ter Bram Stoker’s death in 1912, and the recipe stands as Florence Stoker’s me­mo­rial to him. It hon­ours the long-stand­ing as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween Bram Stoker, Cru­den Bay and his most fa­mous book.”

The recipe sub­mit­ted by Bram Stoker’s wife Florence to help raise money for Cru­den Parish Church, in­set

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