Royal fever is rampant this spring in the run-up to the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as well as the Queen’s 90th birthday.  To test your knowledge about all things gastronomic chez Buckingham, we have a question. The Queen’s preferred beverages—sweet German wines and gin with Dubonnet—are palace fixtures. But what food do you suppose she has banned from the palace?

A. Raw Oysters

B. Olive Oil

C. Garlic

D. Chilis


Chef John Higgins, a former chef at Buckingham Palace who cooked for the Queen (and is now a chef in Toronto) reports that the Queen never allowed garlic in any dish served at the palace. She apparently also frowned on lumpy custard. Among her favorite foods: chocolate mousse, mangoes, and anything with citrus.

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