Jam or cream first?
Although a cream tea is the most English and genteel of customs, it can get people properly riled up – wondering whether it is correct to spread the jam or the cream first on your scones.
It’s been a long-standing debate but it appears to have been finally settled – by no less than the Queen herself.
The Queen’s former chef has revealed that Her Majesty enjoys her scones with a dollop of cream on top of the jam, reports CornwallLive.
The revelation was made by Darren McGrady, who was the Queen’s chef for 15 years – and accompanied her on two royal tours – catering for the royal household and guests.
According to The Independent, in his book ‘Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen’, Mr McGrady clarifies Her Majesty’s position on the jam or cream first issue.
Mr McGrady, who also reveals royal secrets on his YouTube channel, has tweeted about it too.
The chef posted: “Jam first or clotted cream first? Jam first at Buckingham Palace garden parties!”
Also in his book ‘Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen’ – the chef shares the Queen’s usual daily menu.
Harry and William’s gran likes to starts the day with tea, biscuits and cereal.
For lunch the Queen prefers to keep it healthy – enjoying grilled fish and veg or grilled chicken salad.
This is followed by tea and then dinner.
Another favourite food in the palace household is Morecambe Bay potted shrimp on toast.
The Queen is just like the rest of us when it comes to comfort treats. According to her former chef she loves toasted cheese, egg and ham sandwiches and chocolate.
Mr McGrady who was one of 20 chefs when he worked at Buckingham Palace, said the Queen also enjoys fish and chips Friday – the most popular meal of the week at the palace However instead of batter, the Queen has her fish with breadcrumbs.
On the list of dislikes, Mr McGrady says the Queen is not a fan of strong flavours such as onion or garlic, while the Duke of Edinburgh is the opposite and goes for a curry.
And you can forget about any palace orders for McDonald’s.
He added: “The Queen never ordered fast food. When you’ve got 20 chefs in the kitchen, why would you? You can call down to the kitchen and order whatever you want.”
In his book he revealed that the Queen would get a menu once a fortnight to make her choices.
Explaining what would happen if the Queen didn’t like a meal he said: “She had a little book on her desk and she would just put a note in there saying ‘I don’t want this again’ or something like that.”
For Christmas the Royal Family has turkey and Christmas Pudding – while on Mother’s Day the Queen likes special eggs for breakfast.