Being an English royal has its perks, but it also comes with some downsides. There are, for example, a slew of strict dietary rules that any member of the family has to follow, and one of those rules has us seriously bummed out — bummed, specifically for newest royal Meghan Markle, and also for our aspirations to one day become royals ourselves.
If you like pasta at all — oh, you do? — you'll feel us on this one.
The former royal chef Darren McGrady recently spilled some major tea for Recipes-Plus, and let this factoid fly: Her majesty does not eat potatoes, starches, or pasta (!), unless it's for a special event. And since she approves all the Buckingham Palace menus, that probably means there's not a lot of noodles flying around within its gilded walls.
Typically, the queen will stick with grilled fish or chicken, veggies, and fresh fruit, which all sounds delicious. But, seriously: no spaghetti nights with Wills on cheese-grating duty and Meghan manning the sauce?
It's not all bad, though. While the queen doesn't splurge often on gnocchi, she does allow herself plenty of chocolate-biscuit cake. "The Chocolate Biscuit Cake is the only cake that goes back [to the queen] again and again and again everyday until it's all gone," McGrady said, noting that the staff gets to finish off other desserts after the queen has had her fill. "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."
And, how's this for charming? The queen prefers to eat in-season ingredients; at her annual summer retreat, the Balmoral castle in Scotland, there's a special strawberry garden.
That may be even better than a plate of pasta.. but we'll have to think it over.
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