Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation dish was coronation chicken. Her successor wanted a vegetarian dish. But there is still criticism.
Actually, the palace wanted to do everything right with the “Coronation Quiche”: The official dish for the coronation of King Charles III. shouldn’t be too expensive and complicated, also vegetarian friendly and good to serve on a spring day in May. But the recipe with spinach, broad beans and tarragon has received a lot of criticism since it was announced a few weeks ago.
Strictly speaking, the “Coronation Quiche” is not a quiche at all, according to the “Times”, the harsh verdict from France. “I would call it a savory tart,” Laurent Miltgen-Delinchamp of the Guild of Quiche Lorraine told the newspaper. For the French purists, only the original Quiche Lorraine with eggs, cream, dough and lard can be called a quiche. However, the term is often used incorrectly in France itself, notes the grand master of the guild, Évelyne Muller-Dervaux. “If the Anglo-Saxons do that, I’m less shocked.”
The dish is to be the focus of the “Coronation Big Lunch” next Sunday, for which British people will gather at street festivals everywhere.
The quiche/tart is also dividing opinions in Great Britain itself: The arch-conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg announced that he would never dream of trying the dish. “I don’t like quiche, it’s disgusting,” said the MP, according to the Telegraph, during a visit by King Charles to Parliament. “Also there are broad beans in it, that’s disgusting,” he added.
The hope of the royal family is that the recipe will establish itself in British cuisine. The “Coronation Chicken”, which was invented for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, made it – it is now considered a British classic.
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