Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Eating Royally

This book by Darren McGrady is full of wonderful photographs, recipes and anecdotes. 


The chapters are set up by The Royal Year and then The Royal Residences (Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, HMY Britannia, Balmoral Castle, Sandringham House, and Kensington Palace).  The author has worked for the Queen and was private chef to Princess Diana.

It’s interesting that the first recipe in the book is for Royal Tea Scones.  These were served every day.  There is a cute story about how the Queen didn’t actually eat the scones, but at the end of her tea she would crumble them on the floor for the corgis. 

P2073753Since scones are one of my favorite teatime treats, I decided to try the recipe.


Scones are very simple to make.  I usually cut mine in wedges, but the recipe called for 2 inch rounds.


They baked up nicely, but since I didn’t brush the tops with beaten egg yolk before putting them into the oven, they are not as brown as they could be.  I ate them warm with butter and strawberry-blackberry preserves.  A cup of Darjeeling tea was perfect with these.


There are photos of each of the beautiful Royal residences.  This is Kensington Palace, the home of Princess Diana and her sons William and Harry until her death. 

There are also photos of the many recipes which include Battenberg Cake, Chocolate Biscuit Cake, Spring Asparagus Soup, Salmon En Croute, Roasted Spring Vegetables and dozens more. 


The Queen’s birthday tea looks delicious and includes Royal Scones as well as her favorite chocolate cake.  I’m going to enjoy trying many of the recipes in this interesting book.  You can check out The Royal Chef at his fun website. 


Bernideen said...

Oh boy - this looks enchanting! I hadn't heard of this book and must find it! Thanks for sharing it!

Antiques And Teacups said...

It's a great book, isn't it? Has some other great recipes. I've liked all the ones I've tried.

Rosemary said...

This excellent book joined my collection last year when we were preparing to celebrate the Royal Wedding. I prepared several recipes from the cookbook, and they were all very good. Will have to give the scones a try soon ~ perhaps for our Diamond Jubilee celebration in June! Yours look quite yummy!

Donna Heber said...

Your book looks wonderful. You must be enjoying the recipes.

Angela McRae said...

Your scones look absolutely PERFECT, Maureen! And thanks for the review. I had seen this book but wondered if it would be good for a tea lover to have. You have definitely answered that question for me!

Beth Rang said...

Your scones looked good. I usually do wedges too, but the round ones certainly fit well on a plate.

I've had that book from the library before but I might have to check it out again for that asparagus recipe! Thanks for reminding me about what a good book it is.

Marilyn said...

Sounds like a fun book. The scones look delicious.

jemilyea said...

Your scones look delicious! The book looks familiar; perhaps my local library has it. If not, I'll request it.

Duchess of Tea said...

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Happy Valentine's Day


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