From Special K to jam sandwiches, former personal chef Darren McGrady knows the Queen’s favourite dishes by heart. Read on to discover what simple treats Elizabeth II takes pleasure in, as Darren reveals all to Mail Online.
Darren McGrady, who worked at the Buckingham Palace kitchens for fifteen years, has revealed that away from the spotlight the 86-year-old British Monarch is a woman of simple tastes, reports Mail Online.
'Special K, jam sandwiches and chocolate cake are some of the Queen's favourite foods, and while she feasts on elaborate dishes at state banquets, when at home she enjoys uncomplicated cuisine.'
McGrady revealed to The Daily Mail that she traditionally starts the day with a light breakfast followed by lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, topped off with a generous gin and Dubonnet before bedtime.
The 49-year-old chef, who also cooked for Princess Diana and Princes’ William and Harry, said that Cornflakes or Special K were popular requests at the breakfast table, with a helping of dried fruit or macadamia nuts. Darjeeling tea was the drink of choice.
A typical lunch, served at 1pm, would be fish, such as a grilled Dover sole, placed on a bed of wilted spinach. 'She loved grilled Dover sole. Really simple, light and no sauce. Clean and simple that was how she liked it,' he told MailOnline.
Then there would be afternoon tea of cakes, scones and sandwiches using de-crusted bread.
Then for dinner there would be game or fish such as pheasant from Sandringham or venison or salmon from Balmoral. For pudding, fresh fruit, particularly the white peaches grown in greenhouses at Windsor Castle.
'At the end of the meal, the Queen will rinse the plates, that’s her contribution.
How to Eat Like the Queen for a Day:
Breakfast: Cereal, dried fruit, macadamia nuts
Lunch:: Grilled Dover sole, wilted spinach, courgette
Afternoon Tea:: Selection of cakes, scones and sandwiches
Dinner: Venison from Balmoral, white peaches from Windsor Castle, gin and Dubonnet