Marmite: How the Queen enjoys the controversial spread – Royal Recipe

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The Queen is known to eat a rather healthy diet, with former royal chefs occasionally revealing recipes they used to make Her Majesty when working at Buckingham Palace. Darren McGrady, who was personal chef to the Queen and then to Diana, Princess of Wales, worked at Buckingham Palace between 1982 and 1993. He said in a YouTube video: “Sadly, the Queen is not a foodie. She eats to live, unlike Prince Philip who loves to eat and would stand and talk food all day.”

The latest food item which the Queen reportedly enjoys is Marmite – the controversial breakfast spread in the UK which has the well-known catchphrase: ‘You either love it or hate it’.

In fact, when something or someone is rather polarising, they are often described as being ‘like Marmite’.

However, the Queen enjoys Marmite in a rather unusual way.

Former royal chef Owen Hodgson revealed our monarch likes a touch of Marmite with her mushrooms.

The Queen’s Marmite mushrooms are very easy to make, and only require a handful of ingredients.


A small chunk of butter
Sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
A handful of fresh herbs, chopped


Brush the mushrooms clean, if needed.

Cut or tear the mushrooms into fairly thin slices or pieces.

Portobellos need cutting, whereas oyster mushrooms are best torn.

Warm a large frying pan over a high heat.

Add in the olive oil and heat until the oil starts to sizzle.

Add the mushrooms, and sauté until they are golden.

Fold through the garlic, but be careful not to burn it.

Cook for a minute longer, and the mushrooms should look a nice brown colour.

Swirl in a small spoon of marmite and a little chunk of butter.

Swirl through until it coats the mushrooms with a sticky glaze.

Add a little more butter and marmite as needed.

Season to taste, and finish with the herbs before serving while still warm.

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