We look to the royal family for inspiration in a lot of areas of our lives: fashion, wedding trends and obviously cute baby names. The entire world seems to be obsessed with every little move the family makes — including what they do (or don’t) eat. From banning garlic to having two chefs solely dedicated to preparing all the royal babies’ meals, the royal family has a lot of food rules they must follow. But have we ever really taken a step back to fully appreciate their culinary decisions? Because, once you do, you’ll realize there are actually quite a few royal food tips we should have been stealing from the royal family all this time.
For starters, Meghan Markle reportedly makes incredible avocado toast and posted the now-popular recipe on her now-defunct lifestyle and food blog, The Tig, back in July 2014. And when it comes to the queen, literally everything she does — and her food decisions — are all pure gold.
Let’s dig in.
The Queen’s Scottish pancakes
Back in 1960, then-President Dwight Eisenhower visited the queen’s estate in Scotland. During this visit, Eisenhower tried the queen’s drop scones or Scottish pancakes. Apparently, he loved them so much, she shared the recipe with him.
“Dear Mr. President,” the queen wrote in a letter to Eisenhower. “Seeing a picture of you in today’s newspaper, standing in front of a barbecue grilling quail, reminded me that I had never sent you the recipe of the drop scones which I promised you at Balmoral. I hope you will find them successful.”
The recipe is simple and asks for the usual suspects, including flour, baking soda, sugar, whole milk and cream of tartar. The secret? You fold in 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
Travel with chocolate cake
Be like the queen, and eat cake anywhere you want — including mid-flight.
According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, the queen loves her chocolate biscuit cake so much, she instructs her senior chef to bring the cake along with him, in case her cravings hit.
“The Chocolate Biscuit Cake is the only cake that goes back again and again and again every day until it’s all gone,” McGrady told RecipesPlus. “She’ll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, she wants to finish the whole of that cake.”
If you want to whip up a queen-worthy chocolate cake yourself, we love this decadent chocolate cake recipe from Baker by Nature.
Kate Middleton’s chutney recipe
When in doubt, gift food — and that’s exactly what Middleton did one year for Christmas.
“I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas. And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present. I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?'” Middleton says in a documentary made in honor of the Queen’s 90th birthday.
So, the Duchess of Cambridge asked herself: What would I give my own grandparent?
“And I thought, ‘I’ll make her something,’ which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny’s recipe of chutney,” she says.
The marrow chutney recipe has been passed down in the Middleton family, according to Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton. In Pippa’s entertaining book, Celebration, she wrote: “It’s a great way of using up very big marrows, but use large courgettes if you prefer, or experiment with different fruits and vegetables following the same principles.”
The avocado toast whisperer
Once upon a time, Meghan Markle had a lifestyle blog called The Tig, and on it, she posted plenty of bookmark- and drool-worthy recipes, including an avocado toast recipe that recently made headlines.
Called “avocado toast with pepitas and feta,” this recipe was originally posted in July 2014 and is described as a “perfectly balanced” “forkful of treasure.” And, yes, we should all absolutely trust Markle’s taste in avocado toast, because, according to one of her friends, she’s the “avocado toast whisperer.”
The queen’s four-drink-a-day regimen
You read that subhead correctly: Queen Elizabeth has four glasses of alcohol each day.
Midmorning, the queen has a glass of gin and Dubonnet on the rocks with a slice of lemon. For lunch, she’ll have a glass of wine and then a dry martini. Then right before bed, her nightcap consists of a glass of top-shelf champagne.
We’ll have literally everything she’s having.
Middleton’s morning sickness fix
According to Business Insider, the Duchess reportedly eats avocados, oatmeal and berries to combat her severe morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.
One recipe she might be a fan of is Cookie and Kate’s blueberry baked oatmeal, prepared with fresh blueberries.
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