5 Meals Literally Fit for a Queen
Being a queen can’t be easy. On top of running the realm, you have to avoid the peasants, and that works up an appetite like nothing else (just ask Marie Antoinette). But the perk of royalty is near-unlimited access to whatever your heart desires, and sometimes that results in some interesting dishes….
Catherine the Great Loved Sturgeon Soup
This dish is pretty simple: you just heat up fish stock and cubed sturgeon to a boil and simmer until the fish is cooked through. Then, reducing the heat, you add champagne and serve with lemon and scallions. Um, yummy? We might just take your word for this one, Catherine.
She was a great Russian woman, and her subjects went to great lengths to please her. One story goes that Count Potemkin was to host her during a time when fishing sturgeon was banned in Moscow, and to entertain her majesty he bribed a fishmonger with an extremely expensive painting he had recently purchased. We can see from this story Potemkin lived by the words of W.C. Fields: “I spent half my money on alcohol and wild women, the other half I wasted.”
Empress Alix Had Quite the Birthday Meal
Empress Alix was the last Romanov queen, but 20 years before the 1917 Russian Revolution she threw an epic birthday party. It was April 23, 1897, and Alix was celebrating her 25th name day. The celebrations started with a Finnish choir serenading her beneath the window of her apartment. Then, after a church service, the meal began. In a semi-circular hall at Alexander Palace the tables were filled with a sumptuous feast.
There were four courses: Asparagus cream soup, trout American, mutton chops, and fresh peas. Of those dishes, the mutton chops were the clear winner for best course. The mutton was grilled in oil, topped with a butter cream, and served with French fries.
Victoria’s Christmas Pudding
Christmas pudding had a long tradition in Britain before Queen Victoria, and Charles Dickens actually put the image in the popular conscious in 1836 with A Christmas Carol. If you don’t know plum pudding, you can probably picture a dessert dish lightly dusted with sugar and topped with holly. That’s Christmas plum pudding, but it was Victoria who cemented its status due to her well-loved family festivals during Christmas. She was very family-oriented, and plum pudding featured prominently during her Christmas gatherings.
It’s a fairly complicated dish to make, with some versions taking up to five days to complete, and it contains fruits, lemon, cognac, warm spices, cognac, sugar, sherry, and more cognac.
Queen Elizabeth’s Tastes are a Little Bland
Pointing to the Queen’s favorite dish is not so simple, but she certainly has her preferences. All of her food is cooked palace style, although what that means seems to amount to having the menus in French rather than English. She prefers simple ingredients that are fresh and from her own gardens, and the Royal Estate plots are well stocked. She has 200 Jersey milk cows, a Sussex beef herd, 140 breeding sows, and 1,500 Lohmann Brown hens. Steak dinner with her must be quite the experience (just don’t describe your meal as bloody). She has her chefs remove excess onions from any dish because she does not like them, nor does she care for garlic or heavy seasoning of any kind. I guess if you’re going to be an English stereotype it’s best to be the ruling sovereign.
But the Queen does allow herself one vice. She drinks everyday: a Dubonnet and a gin cocktail.
The Duchess of Cambridge Enjoys Indian Food
Ok, Kate Middleton is not technically a queen, but she will be one in the not-so-distant future. Kate has a much more adventurous palate than her mother-in-law, a fact we are sure probably never causes any friction between the two... When have in-laws ever bickered? While she was pregnant she craved spicy curry, and she enjoyed the dish cooked by an Indian couple who ran a shop in her hometown of Upper Bucklebury, Berkshire (could that name be any more British). The chef has been mum on the details or ingredients, but we do know it is a vegetarian meal.
We do know, however, that Kate is not a vegetarian. Staples of her diet include ham and salami as well as cream and eggs. Her wedding dish was also made of lamb, a meat she seems to enjoy often. While attending the Taste of British Columbia Food Festival in 2016, she was seen enjoying Chef Vikram Vij’s 'Wine-Marinated Lamb Popsickles in Fenugreek Cream Curry.’
What would you have servants serve you for dinner if you were a wealthy monarch? Let us know in the comment section!
Written by: E. M. Caris
Edited by: Lee Gresham
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