The Queen Mother: Her favourite food

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Queen Elizabeth,the Queen Mother. Her diet and her favourite recipe

Queen MotherThe Queen Mother lived to be one hundred and one years old.

She was born in 1900 and even though she was born into an aristocratic family, we have to admit that she didn’t receive the benefits of modern medical science.

The royal family are known for enjoying healthy foods. Despite the impression that we might get – that they feast on rich an luxurious foods all the time – they prefer their meals to be simple.

You only have to look at them to know that they don’t indulge in rich, fattening foods.

The Queen Mother was no exception and her favourite food – in common with most members of the royal family – was fish.

And one of her favourite pastimes was angling. She loved, when she was in Scotland, to don her waders and catch local fish from the sparkling rivers and streams.

Her catch would always find its way onto the dinner table.

Indeed, in 1982 she was rushed to hospital because a fish bone had become lodged in her throat.

She later remarked, with a twinkle in her eye, that is was ‘the salmon, getting their own back’.

One of her favorite dishes was simple herrings in oatmeal. There’s a video below to show you just how easy this is to make.

Simply dip the split herrings in the oatmeal to coat, and then fry in melted butter. Delicious. And so simple.

Here’s another great idea.

Red Mullet poached in wine: Favorite of the Queen Mother


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  • 2 red mullet each weighing about ¾ lb
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • Flour
  • 2 oz butter
  • 1 gill white wine
  • Pinch cinnamon
  1. Leave the heads on the fish
  2. Rinse and rub the fish inside with lemon and salt
  3. Melt the butter in a fireproof dish, dip the fish in the butter, then the flour then the butter again
  4. Pour half the wine over the mullet in a baking dish and sprinkle with little cinnamon
  5. Place in a hot oven and after five minutes add the rest of the wine and cook for a further ten minutes





Jackie Jackson, also known online as BritFlorida, is a highly experienced designer and writer. British born and now living in the USA, she specialises in lifestyle issues, design and quirky stories. You can see a wide range of articles here, or visit her website Tastes Magazine. See The Writer’s Door for more information.

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  1. I had not heard of red mullet, I had to look it up. Yes, I noticed that Charles always loved to go fishing in Scotland. I did not always like fish until I cooked it for myself. I think Mom did not cook it good enough or correct. I was watching I Love Lucy and was laughing while eating fish I got from a great store fresh whole. I got a bone stuck in my tonsil. It is not fun. I know exactly how the Queen Mum felt. She was a great lady! Great story Jackie! ~Sherry Ibidii

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