RITISH Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher kept recipes for orange and walnut cake, lamb chops in a parcel and stuffed “courgettes maison” served with prawns and mornay sauce.
She was also fond of a “mystery starter” made from beef consommé, cream cheese and curry powder. The ingredients were blended together and left to set before being served in ramekins, topped with a layer of jellied soup and a black olive. Leftover chicken, shrimps or peeled mushrooms could also be added for variety.
Lady Thatcher’s go-to recipes were found in one of her files marked “favourites” and dated 1979-1987.
British war-time Prime Minister Winston Churchill was known for his love of food and drink. He once served up turtle soup to President Roosevelt and enjoyed tucking into a good Indian curry.
His drink of choice was Pol Roger champagne and he also enjoyed Johnnie Walker Red Label whisky and brandy, but steered clear of sugary cocktails. The politician, who lived until he was 90, once insisted: “I’ve got more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.”
A case of Pol Roger champagne would be sent to him by the company every year on his birthday and a black border was placed around the labels on the bottles following his death.
Former British prime minister David Cameron donated a recipe for spicy sausage pasta to a charity cookbook, while 1970s Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson is said to have liked brown sauce so much it became known as Wilson’s Gravy and his wife Mary said: “If Harold has a fault, it is that he will drown everything with HP Sauce.”
British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke Of Wellington, gave his name to the dish Beef Wellington, but there is no evidence the Iron Duke ever ate the dish himself during the 19th century.
Over on the other side of the pond, former American President Richard Nixon was known for his fondness for ketchup and would eat cottage cheese smothered in it as a snack.
His favourite meal, though, was meatloaf and the White House even printed his wife Pat’s meatloaf recipe following numerous