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The British Royal Wedding Feast
April 29th 2011 is the Royal Wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. This event will be watched by millions and all the pomp and souvenirs will inevitably bring a significant amount of money into the British Economy.
Of course, as we all know, any wedding is followed by a reception although this one will probably differ from the ones we are more familiar with, where Aunt Ethel has one too many and embarasses herself in front of everyone!
And of course, there is the food. No sausages and pineaple on cocktail sticks for the Royals. Oh no, the Queen's Head Chef, Mark Flanagan, has said that the menu will be made up of the best of British, although he then goes on to mention canapes .. which is about as British as jus or amuse bouche!
To further extend this lack of 'Britishness' in the menu, it is thought that Chef Mark Flanagan who has worked for Michel Roux and Raymond Blanc, along with his 21 team of palace chefs are considering such 'British' foods as smoked salmon on a beetroot blini and confit duck-leg terrine, perhaps not culinary terms inherited from our own history!
And of course, there will be champagne, lots of it .. yet another great British Invention!
So it's good to know that our Monarchy are showing loyalty to their country's gastronomic heritage (see what I did there?) but I feel that there could do much better.
Perhaps they should show real pride in British food and examine the possible menu below for inspiration.
Salted Crisps or peanuts
Tomato soup .. definitely Heinz
Prawn Cocktail or Fruit Juice
Battered Cod or Cockles with vinegar
Scouse or Cullen Skink
Sponge Pudding or Trifle
But I bet they won't!!!