The Queens not a foodie but she loves a good Gin Cocktail

THE Royal Family has access to personal chefs who are ready to cook them the most decadent meals imaginable on just a moment’s notice—but not every royal actually takes advantage of that job perk, including the Queen herself who believes food is just a fuel. The Queen is far from a foodie but she is a fan of a good Gin cocktail …

According to Royal author, Bryan Kozlowski, the Queen herself is so low-key about her food preferences, she’s pretty much the opposite of a foodie.

“Straightforward simplicity has marked the Queen’s dining habits since childhood,” Kozlowski writes.

A royal source summed it up perfectly to royal biographer Sally Bedell Smith, explaining that, not only is the Queen “not particular” about food, but that, “to her, food is just fuel.”

According to Kozlowski, this has done a lot to shape the culture within the palace, where the Queen and other senior royals tend to eat very simple meals. Their meals are often so simple, in fact, that the royal staff prepare more elaborate meals for themselves than for their bosses.

“That sort of meal might be all right for the Royals, but it wasn’t good enough for the staff,” one former footman is quoted as saying in the book.

The upside, apparently, is that Queen Elizabeth II is notoriously easy to cook for—although she does still reportedly keep a small notebook handy at the dinner table so she can easily jot down notes for the kitchen staff on the rare occasion that she has thoughts about the menu.

There are many Royal rules but here are a few which may surprise you –

  1. Food absolutely must be seasonal, farm to table is necessary.
  2. The Queen adores mangoes so much she can tell you how many are in the fridge at the palace on any given day.
  3. Garlic is banned
  4. “When she dines on her own it’s reported she’s very disciplined. No starch is the rule. No potatoes, rice or pasta for dinner. Just something like grilled sole with vegetables and salad.
  5. What may come as a surprise, however, is that most mornings the monarch prefers to eat cold cereal. Special K, to be exact. Every once in a while, though, she indulges in some scrambled eggs and smoked salmon with grated truffle.
  6. Charles Mellis, a Royal chef in 1965, reported one of the dishes often served (when there were guests) was Tournedos Continental—small beef rounds typically accompanied by some sort of sauce. The chef recommended making one more round than there are guests so that one piece remains after everyone’s been served. “No guest should be made to feel that he or she has been served with whatever was left.”
  7. The Queen loves her chocolate (Queen or not, she’s still human), but what is her favourite chocolate dessert? According to Mellis, that would have to be chocolate mousse. “Trust me, the plates were clean when they came back from the royal family.”
  8. The Queen is a huge fan of a good gin cocktail, apparently, before lunch each day, which paired with a chocolate mouse makes us think we should adopt the Royal diet immediately.
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Charlie Loran

Manchester born mummy with a two year old diva (2020), living on the Costa del Sol for just short of a decade.
Former chef and restaurateur, holistic health fanatic and lover of long words.

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