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When the menu for the Royal Wedding Reception was published, I speculated that many of you would be curious about the recipes. So, I searched the web for recipes as close to them as I could find. Bear in mind that these are NOT the actual recipes used by the Royal Wedding chefs. Those are not yet available, and may never be available. These may be similar recipes. Many of these are UK recipes and use metric measures. For help with those, see Measures


Chocolate Biscuit Cake

This is said to be Prince William's favorite. The "biscuits" are, of course, cookies. In particular, they are "McVities rich tea biscuits" or "McVities Digestive biscuits". You may have problems finding these. In Maine, our local Shaw's Supermarket has the "McVities Digestive Biscuits" in their small British food section. If your city has a British foods specialty shop, you can likely find them there. You can order them online from here:
Bridgham and Cook - Topsham, Maine or here British Delights - Westford, Massachusetts or here: Wise Choice UK - Huber Heights, Ohio.

Chocolate Biscuit Cake 4

Chocolate Biscuit Cake 1

Chocolate Biscuit Cake 2

Chocolate Biscuit Cake 3

Raspberry Financier

"Financier", as used here, has nothing to do with banking. It's a French pastry.

Raspberry Financier 1

Raspberry Financier 2

Lemon Raspberry Financier

Raspberry Financier with Cream Cheese

Gaelic Steak with Braised Rice

This item was on the suggested list but apparently did not make the final cut. Cream and whiskey are the defining ingredients.

Irish Gaelic Steak

Pan-Fried Gaelic Steak

Gaelic Steak

Scottish Gaelic Steak

Braised Rice with Mushrooms Braised Rice with Chicken Stock Braised Rice

Cottage Pie

This is like "Shepherd's Pie". It's another item that was on the suggested list but apparently did not make the final cut.There are some British recipes at these sites & some simpler recipes below.

British-Style Cottage Pie

English Cottage Pie 1

English Cottage Pie 2

English  Cottage  Pie

 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Salt & pepper to taste
3 c. cooked creamed potatoes
1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. cooking oil

Fry onion in oil until tender.  Remove from frying pan and brown ground beef. 
Drain excess fat.  Add onion, seasonings and Worcestershire sauce to meat. 
Let simmer for 30 minutes after adding cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups water. 
Place in pie dish and spread creamed potatoes on top. 
Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. 
Cottage  Pie

1/4 c. butter
1 c. diced onion
1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
Salt & pepper
1/4 tsp. ground savory
1 c. brown gravy
2 c. mashed potatoes
Additional butter

Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 9" skillet.  Add onion and cook until lightly browned, 
stirring occasionally.  Add beef, salt, pepper and savory.  Continue cooking 
5 minutes longer.  Stir in gravy and heat until bubbling.  Spoon into a buttered 
8-cup casserole dish.  Top meat mixture with mashed potatoes.  Dot with butter. 
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are lightly browned. 

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