Making salmon, Heinz salad cream and rocket tarts with Linda Robson

Making salmon, Heinz salad cream and rocket tarts with Linda Robson


  • 375g pack of ready rolled puff pastry

  • 1 medium egg, beaten

  • 100g wild rocket

  • 200ml half fat crème fraiche

  • 4 tbsp Heinz Salad Cream

  • 2 tsp cornflour

  • 200g poached skinless salmon


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6

  2. Unroll the puff pastry and trim the edges with a sharp knife. Cut the pastry into 4 equal rectangles, brush each with a little egg and then score a 1cm border around each rectangle using the tip of a sharp knife, being careful not to cut all the way through

  3. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until golden

  4. Meanwhile wilt all the rocket apart from a handful, with a couple of tablespoons of water in a pan, allow to cool, then using your hands squeeze out the excess water and roughly chop

  5. Place in a bowl and stir in the crème fraiche, Heinz Salad Cream and cornflour before breaking up the salmon and slowly mixing together

  6. Remove the pastries from the oven and using a knife remove the inner part of each rectangle and set aside to use as lids, if desired

  7. Divide the cream mixture between the 4 rectangles and bake in the oven for a further 10 minutes, covering with foil if they brown too much

  8. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving topped with the remainder of the rocket leaves and pastry lids along with a dollop of Heinz Salad Cream


Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes


Linda on her favourite childhood foods and why she loves Heinz Salad Cream 

What is it about the flavour of Heinz Salad Cream that you love?

The thing I love about Heinz Salad Cream is it’s such a distinctive taste that brings back YEARS of memories, even now. Plus – you can tell straight away if it’s Heinz, you can’t get away with a substitute on salad cream, same with the likes of ketchup and beans, even if I tried, my kids wouldn’t let me get away with it!

What is it about nostalgic cooking that you find most enjoyable?

The most nostalgic thing about cooking with retro recipes is the memories it brings back – for me it just brings back lovely memories of learning to cook with my Mum, she wasn’t a great cook but she did teach me some great basics. For example, I always remember her Irish stew, but now I put my own modern twist on it by including chicken – and that’s what it's about now, taking the staple meat and two veg meals from the past and putting a modern twist on it while maintaining that nostalgic taste.

What is it about the flavour of Heinz Salad Cream that gives you a tasty hit of nostalgia?

It’s the flavour of Heinz Salad Cream that gives me a tasty hit of nostalgia – I can genuinely still remember the first meal I ate with it at a very young age – it was fish fingers and chips and I remember my mum just putting a lovely dollop on the side of the plate – as she would with most meals. It was – and still is for me these days - a dining table staple.

 What were your favourite parts of the 70s?

Other than Heinz Salad Cream – my favourite memory of the 70s was my love for Donny Osmond! I followed him everywhere, waited at airports – I even have a sweet wrapper he stood on, I genuinely thought I was going to marry him. In an audience with him once he got me up on stage…my husband thought I was getting a kiss.

What was life like for you back then?

In the 70s I was doing a real mix of things; some comedies, breaking into the acting game with some parts in things like Agony with Maureen Lipman and The Other ‘Arf with Lorraine Chase, as well as having a job share in a local pub with Pauline Quirke before we landed Birds of a Feather.

 Birds is 30 years old next year and it’s so nice to think back to those times – particularly with Pauline as we would love to work together again on Birds – we might get older but we never change. It’s often hard to get any work done when we’re together with all the giggles, the only difference is now when we’re discussing scripts and storylines we spend most of the time just showing pics of our grandchildren. 

What are your family memories of the 70s?

In the 70s I’d moved out of home – so it was when I started having to learn to do all the things my mum had done for me, cooking, cleaning – me and my sisters had always been good at home, but it was definitely a challenge to suddenly be on your own. So little home comforts, like Heinz Salad Cream, helped me get used to that.

What are your favourite retro recipes?

Retro recipes are some of my favourites to bring back that homely feel for me and the whole family – Tuna Jacket Potato is one of my all time favourites for lunch, it's so simple but so good and instantly homely – mine has to be done with Heinz Salad Cream otherwise it’s just not right, it might sound old school but this one will never go out of style. Back in the day we actually used to have other tinned seafood, but recently I’ve been making myself eat a lot more tuna as I’ve been trying to eat healthier alternative meals – but tuna without Heinz Salad Cream is just too dry, it makes it for me.

Are any of these recipes something you have passed on to your own children that they now love too? 

I think recipes are things you definitely pass through the generations – jacket potatoes are something that I’ve passed on to my kids as we make them a little differently – crisping them up good and proper with a bit of olive oil!

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