Turns out the delightful, lithe Princess Diana had a little secret. When entertaining friends, her chef would prepare their food with all the good stuff… heavy cream, real sugar, eggs… BUT, he would prepare her version of the same dish with skim milk, sugar substitutes and such.
That’s just one of the fun stories her personal royal chef, Darren McGrady shared with me when we cooked together recently.
The Royal Chef, as he’s known, spent eleven years as the chef at Buckingham Palace for the Queen and then four years as Princess Di’s personal chef. His stories are delightful, and yes, he says the Princess was just as lovely behind the scenes as she appeared in front of the cameras.
Chef McGrady says there was one dessert, Di’s favorite, that he always prepared the traditional way – loads of butter, sugar and eggs.
I had the honor of helping the chef prepare his Royal Bread Pudding recently, and it is the best bread pudding I’ve ever had! I’ve got the recipe and the video that shows you how to prepare it on my website…along with some of Darren’s fun stories about cooking for the royals. I still miss the Princess, don’t you!