King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla have “personally chosen” a French-inspired quiche to be a centerpiece in the Coronation “Big Lunch”. The couple’s dish will feature spinach, broad beans, cheese paired with tarragon.
The dish will form the centerpiece of street parties up and down the country, inspiring friends and neighbours to join forces to celebrate the Coronation on May 6.
A Buckingham Palace chef, dressed in a white uniform embroidered with the late Queen’s EIIR cypher, was shown preparing the quiche in a video posted on social media.
The Royal Family’s website described it as “a deep quiche with a crisp, light pastry case and delicate flavours of spinach, broad beans and fresh tarragon. Eat hot or cold with a green salad and boiled new potatoes – perfect for a Coronation Big Lunch!”
The Coronation Quiche follows in the footsteps of the Coronation Chicken, created for the late Queen’s celebration in 1953.
The quiche recipe was chosen by the King and Queen Consort who discussed it with royal chef Mark Flanagan, who perfected it.
Coronation chicken was invented ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s 1953 Coronation by Le Cordon Bleu cookery school founders Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume.
Originally called “poulet reine Elizabeth”, it involved mixing cooked chicken with a simple curried mayonnaise dressing.
It involved curry powder as fresh curry spices were almost impossible to find in post-war Britain.
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It is said to have been inspired by jubilee chicken, a dish prepared for the silver jubilee of George V in 1935.
Manon Lagrève, the French cook who won The Great British Bake Off’s 2023 New Year Special, said the King and Queen had done their bit to boost Anglo-French relations.
She told The Telegraph: “I know it’s quite different to some other British dishes like Coronation Chicken sandwiches, so it’s interesting he’s chosen more of a French-inspired dish.
“But the great thing with quiche is that you can put any ingredients inside, so that’s where you can highlight the British produce.”
Ms Lagrève said asparagus, spinach, green peas and cheddar were the perfect ingredients for an English quiche.
“That’s what I would do to make it more British,” she added, joking that it was “good for the French and English friendship”.