A Salute to Cooking: Celebrity recipes in aid of the Chelsea Pensioners. As the Chelsea Flower Show is coming up, I pulled my copy of the book down off the shelf, where, sad to say, it has been gathering dust. (I am going to have to organize to cook with friends, who can get me over my shyness at the stove--and who will guarantee that I'm not eating Cherie Blair's Chocolate Cake by myself.)
I just dipped into the book for entertainment value, and came upon Field Marshal HRH The Duke of Kent's Fabulous Fish Stew, reproduced here as the recipe arrived, typed out on stationery from his office at St. James's Palace. You can see how this sends me into all types of swoons...Sir David Brewer, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, sent in Crab Florentine; Nigella Lawson offers Watermelon, Feta and Black Olive Salad, ending her recipe somewhat incomprehensibly--though perhaps it provides a soupcon of balance--with "Hava Negila [sic]! The taste of Tel Aviv sunshine!"
Everyone I know is reading William Shawcross' official biography The Queen, and I'm still waiting for my copy; in the meantime, this cookbook satisfies my tiny Anglophile tickle. Just to be agreeable, I'll chime in: Hava Nagila!