Camilla prefers beans on toast to posh meals – despite son being upmarket foot critic

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CAMILLA, Duchess of Cornwall, shared she prefers her food not to be “too mucked about, or fussy or fiddly” despite being a royal.

She told her son in the interview: “One of my favourite foods is baked beans on toast. Always Heinz.

“And freshly cooked fish and chips, wrapped in paper.

“That smell. You cannot beat proper fish and chips.”

Camilla prefers her food not to be ‘too mucked about, or fussy or fiddly’

Camilla prefers her food not to be ‘too mucked about, or fussy or fiddly’ (Image: PA)

The Duchess said her favourite food is ‘baked beans on toast’

The Duchess said her favourite food is ‘baked beans on toast’ (Image: PA)

Camilla says she learnt to cook by watching her mother, Rosalind Shand, who made food the “heart” of family life.

She said: “One of my earliest memories is podding those peas and beans with my mother, an accomplished cook.

“I learnt from my mother. I’ve never followed a recipe in my life.

“On Friday nights, we were allowed to choose our dinner,’ she recalls. ‘I always went for frozen chicken pie, much to my mother’s despair.”

Camilla says she learnt to cook by watching her mother, Rosalind Shand

Camilla says she learnt to cook by watching her mother, Rosalind Shand (Image: PA)

‘My cooking is about good ingredients. Nothing too mucked about, or fussy or fiddly’

‘My cooking is about good ingredients. Nothing too mucked about, or fussy or fiddly’ (Image: PA)

She said: “My cooking is about good ingredients. Nothing too mucked about, or fussy or fiddly.

“Lots of tarragon chicken, scrambled eggs and bacon, and chicken casserole. There were always roasts on Sunday.

“The children ate a lot of cheese on toast. We had a kitchen garden… so we ate seasonally before it became en vogue. That’s just what you did in the country back then.”

Camilla added: “As for baked potatoes… many a poor, incinerated specimen has been found in the bottom of the Aga, put in, then forgotten about.”

She then said: “I do still cook for myself when at home. Simple things like fish en papillote with butter and herbs. And vegetables from the garden.

“I love the vegetable garden. I’m very proud of my white peaches. My husband is an excellent gardener, and we’re quite competitive about our fruit and vegetables.”

In April, Camilla and Prince Charles penned a heartfelt tribute in a foreword to the Queen’s Jubilee cookbook.

In the foreword, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall describe British cuisine at the Queen’s accession to the throne, less than a decade after the end of World War II.

The future king and Camilla described this period as even decades ago, when “the culinary outlook in the United Kingdom was bleak”.

During this time, “several foods were still rationed and the meagre choice of ingredients on offer posed a challenge to even the most creative cook”.

Food will “no doubt play a central part in our public and private celebrations” of the Queen’s seventieth year as monarch, they finished by commenting.

In a message of unity, they described the power of food to bring people together “as a nation, in the Realms, and across the Commonwealth”.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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