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Fussy Foodie Queen Elizabeth Is Obsessed With This Dish

The 92-year-old royal likes what she likes.

By Alesandra Dubin
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Thanks to a new documentary, we’re learning even more than we already do about the Queen’s palate. HBO’s new Queen of the World — airing tonight — reveals some behind-the-scenes food intel from Buckingham Palace, thanks to chef Mark Flanagan. 

Chef notes that the Queen herself has specifically asked for more callaloo to be served; he called the Caribbean stew "an absolute sensation" for the Queen.

In fact, according to Express, the Queen generally enjoys Caribbean food: “A number of the Caribbean dishes were particularly well received. The callaloo soup was an absolute sensation. I had email after email telling me that it must now feature more regularly.”

So what is Callaloo? It’s a typical Caribbean dish with West African roots, consisting of callaloo leaves, onion, garlic, tomatoes, thyme, and hot peppers. In a Food & Wine recipe, for instance, you can substitute spinach.

The Queen’s former chef Darren McGrady told Food & Wine last year that the Queen actually isn’t too picky about food. Rather, she’s “not really bothered about food. All she cares about are horses and dogs.” However, we know she avoids garlic, and she doesn't do starches or pasta (!) — plus, she tends to steer clear of foods that are too "spicy or exotic.” Callaloo notwithstanding, apparently.

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