This weekend’s Diamond Jubilee will be largely celebrated with food and drink which got me thinking about the dishes that remind me of the Queen and her 60 year reign. I’ve come up with six dishes –one for each decade; that remind me of great times celebrating royal occasions of the past.

Coronation Chicken is undoubtedly a dish for a royal occasion. Created for the Queen’s coronation by Rosemary Hume in 1952, the fruity chicken dish has stood the test of time as it’s still a popular choice today, making it the perfect sandwich filler for a Diamond Jubilee street party lunch.

I’d suggest following The Hairy Bikers Coronation Chicken recipes as it’s full of flavour with fresh mango, lemon and apricot jam.

Coronation chicken

Years ago a royal celebration wouldn’t seem complete without a bowl of trifle. Traditional trifles would have a good slug of sherry and a sponge bottom with layers of fresh berries and plenty of custard and cream on top. Served in a deep glass dish, an old fashioned trifle would be the centre of any table display and a desert which I’d really looked forward too.

For a Diamond Jubilee edition why not serve trifle in individual pots and add red, white and blue sprinkles on top as featured in BBC Food’s recipe.

trifle

Even if you don’t follow the Royal Family throughout the year chances are that you’ll watch the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day, which brings me to the traditional Roast Dinner.

Served weekly in a majority of households, roast dinners are a national treasure. It’s a meal which is enjoyed by all, and although the finer details of the meal may change from family to family the basics are always the same; a quality cut of British meat, fresh vegetables, fluffy potatoes and a generous serving of gravy.

If you enjoy a lamb roast read James Martin’s roast recipe with the trimmings.

roast dinner

Cream tea is wonderfully British and instantly reminds me of summer garden parties much like the one I attended a Buckingham Palace, which served a traditional cream tea of scones, clotted cream and jam with a cup of tea and finger sandwiches.

Homemade scones are easy to make and taste delicious. Try Delia Smith’s recipe for fruity jubilee scones.

cream tea

During her reign the Queen has travelled across the globe and has tasted the world’s most delicious cuisine. During those 60 years foreign food has become incredibly popular amongst British families, many families now enjoy a variety of international curry dishes.

With the help of chefs like, Jamie Oliver and Anjum Anand, people are making authentic curries in their own homes. So why not spice up your Diamond Jubilee celebrations with a curry pot, Jamie Oliver’s Chicken Tikka Masala is mild enough for everyone to enjoy.

 

Named after Queen Victoria, the only other monarch to have a Diamond Jubilee, Victoria Sponge is a traditional British cake which is easy to make and a favourite amongst The Women’s Institute.

I always enjoy a freshly baked slice of Victoria Sponge and I can’t think of a more appropriate occasion to indulge. Neither can I think of a better recipe to follow than Mary Berry’s ‘perfect’ Victoria sandwich. Enjoy!

victoria sponge

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