While the Royal Wedding menu may be a closely guarded secret, there are lots of foods being made in celebration of William and Catherine’s special day that everyone can enjoy.
Waitrose, one of Britain’s largest supermarket chains and part of The John Lewis group, are cashing in on the excitement with The Catherine peach and Williams pear smoothie which arrived in store today. They recommend serving it on its own for a special wedding breakfast or using it later in the day to create cocktails. It certainly sounds delicious, and could potentially be a great ingredient in a Bellini or other champagne cocktail. From the 20th of April Waitrose are also offering a special trifle created by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal. The Heston from Waitrose Royal Trifle contains layers of strawberry compote scented with orange zest, crumbled amaretti biscuits, Marc de Champagne and saffron infused cream. It is expected to sell out within hours, much as Mr Blumenthal’s Christmas creation The Hidden Orange Christmas Pudding did late last year.
Popular pie manufacturer Pieminister are offering two Royal Wedding pies for sale – The Kate and Wills pie which is available at Sainsburys and features British beef, wine, bacon, pearl onions, mushrooms, and a dash of brandy and a sweet Royal Pear Pie available through Ocado and at selected Waitrose stores through May 2011.
Tesco wines are offering a Prince William Royal Wedding Cuvee champagne and many hotels and restaurants are featuring special Royal Wedding cocktails as part of their menus.
Lots of magazines and food websites are getting in on the action too. The BBC Good Food magazine’s website is offering a selection of suggested recipes for any Royal Wedding celebrations you may be hosting. The Good Food Channel also have a special section on their website as does Tesco Real Food.
One thing we do know for sure is that renowned cake designer Fiona Cairns will be making Prince William and Miss Middleton’s wedding cake and one look at her beautiful website will certainly confirm why. Her cakes are absolutely amazing, and totally gorgeous.
But what foods will feature in British families’ celebrations? Well, it’s a National Holiday so there will definitely be street parties as well as smaller, quieter events. Some hotels and restaurants are featuring special menus or even dinner dances on the day. Most of us though, will celebrate at home with family and friends. In our home, we will be celebrating with ‘elevenses’ (or coffee and cakes) as we watch the wedding on television at 11am. Then there will certainly be a proper British afternoon tea with scones, jam, strawberries and cream (and tea of course) as the coverage continues. And we will definitely toast the happy couple with a glass of champagne. One thing is for sure, there will be plenty of celebration with family and friends in our house. We are could not be more excited about this very, very special event!