Prince Charles has revealed one of his favourite royal recipes as he encouraged fans support the British cheese industry amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Prince of Wales, 71, posted a step-by-step guide to creating Cheesy Baked Eggs on the @ClarenceHouse Instagram page yesterday to mark the British Cheese Weekender.
Alongside snaps and the recipe for the delicious meal, Prince Charles opened up about the importance of ‘good food’ during the crisis, saying: ‘One thing that undoubtedly brings many of us great comfort is good food.’
He went on to urge amateur chefs to seek out organic ingredients for the bake ‘where possible’ and ‘support British cheesemakers’ and other small businesses who might be struggling during the coronavirus crisis.
Prince Charles, 71, who is currently isolating with wife Camilla at Birkhall in Aberdeenshire, has shared one of his favourite recipes for Baked Cheesy Eggs online
The royal, who is currently isolating in his Aberdeenshire home of Birkhall with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 72, has been Patron of the Speciality Cheesemakers Association since 1993.
The Instagram post read: ‘On the final day of the #BritishCheeseWeekender, The Prince of Wales has released a message to encourage us all to support British cheesemakers.’
Prince Charles added: ‘It is deeply troubling to learn that this crisis risks destroying one of the most wonderful joys in life – British cheese.’
The royal was quoted as saying: ‘British cheesemakers need our support during this time of great uncertainty, and we can all help in the simplest way.
The recipe, which was described as one of the royal’s favourite, was shared on the @ClarenceHouse Instagram page alongside a step-by-step photo guide (right, the ingredients, and left, pouring the double cream onto the vegetables and egg)
‘By sourcing British cheese from local shops and cheesemongers, and directly from producers online, you can make a vital contribution to keeping these small businesses afloat during the prevailing crisis.’
The caption went on to reveal how recipe, which was described as ‘one of Prince Charles’ favourite’, can be ‘made using any number of our great British cheeses.’
A snap of the ingredients laid out on a brown wooden chopping board was shared on the Clarence House Instagram stories, alongside a note to encourage royal fanws to buy organic ingredients ‘where possible.’
Meanwhile further photographs were shared with the step-by-step guide to making the bake.
Recipe for Prince Charles’ favourite Cheesy Baked Eggs
100g Wilted Spinach
35g strong soft cheese
1x cherry tomato
15g grated hard cheese
80ml double cream
1. Butter a small overnproof dish and line with wilted spinach, making a well in the centre.
2. Place the cheery tomato (quartered) on top of the spinach
3. Dot the soft cheese around the dish amongst the tomatoes. Add the torn basil leaves. Optional: add any charcuterie at this point.
4. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Crack the egg into the centre of the spinach.
6. Pour the double cream over the egg – avoid breaking the yolk!
7. Sprinkle with grated hard cheese.
8. Place in a hot oven (180 degrees) for 8-10 minutes.
9. Let it stand for a few minutes before eating.
A final photograph revealed the delicious final bake decorated with a sprig of basil, alongside a whole host of different soft and hard cheeses.
The revelation of Prince Charles’ favourite meal comes after a former chef to the royal family shared details of his eating habits in an interview online.
In a video for online food platform Delish, British-born cook Darren McGrady, who now lives in Texas, revealed the Prince of Wales has a healthy breakfast, sometimes skips lunch and enjoys a substantial evening meal.
He added that Charles was a fan of organic farming before it was popular.
McGrady, who worked for Princess Diana in the mid-1990s, said: ‘When it comes to eating no two days are the same for the Prince of Wales.
Sharing the recipe online, Prince Charles urged his followers to support British cheesemakers amid the coronavirus pandemic
‘He often starts the day with fruit, sometimes skips lunch and has afternoon tea of boiled eggs and something more substantial in the evening.’
His favourite meal is lamb with mushroom risotto, Darren revealed.
‘I cooked lamb a lot at Buckingham Palace’ he explained. ‘I really Prince Charles, he was a foodie, into organic farming before it was even invented.
‘He loves wild mushrooms and would take his chefs to Balmoral to show them where best mushrooms are. We brought back to Buckingham Palace and they were the most amazing porcini mushrooms.’
Prince Charles, who is currently living in Aberdeenshire with Camilla, encouraged royal followers to support small businesses and ‘help keep them afloat’ during the coroanvirus pandemic