Royal Warrant chefs give 'Baby Sussex' make-over to Great British classic creating 'Fish 'n' Chips
Could this be the poshest 'Takeaway Fast Food' meal in the world?
Every party needs a winning menu and consummate hosts need look no further than the Duchess of Sussex's own favourite cuisine. Seafood.
The 37-year-old told The New Potato magazine that her "ideal food day" would involve lots of seafood. She said: "A leisurely dinner of seafood and pasta, and a negroni to cap off the night."
During her pregnancy, Meghan Markle gave up her beloved crustacean delectables, but the birth of Baby Sussex will mark the end of her abstinence and what better way to celebrate than with a fishy feast that's been given a right-Royal re-imagining?
One foodie family business in the north of England - who are quite literally fish fanatics - think they've created the ultimate seafood celebration dish for Prince Harry, Megan & Baby - and they should know, they've had the Royal seal of approval since 1967.
Kitchen wizards at Baxter's Potted Shrimps of Morecambe Bay have taken the iconic British classic, fish and chips, added a sprinkling of Los Angeles stardust, some princely magic and created an elaborate and mouth-watering dish simply known as 'Baby Sussex'.
Where once there was battered cod or haddock, Baxter's taste boffins have gently pan-fried Sea bass fillets in local creamery butter infused with grated black truffle. With its skin crisped to perfection and coated in toasted sesame seeds, the creamy white flakes of delicious fish are reminiscent of Meghan's stunning wedding gown.
No vinegar-soaked chips here. In a nod to Prince Harry's dashing mane, Britain's favourite fried side has been replaced by Red Désirée fondant potatoes, slowly cooked in game stock and basted in butter until golden.
Traditional 'mushy peas' have been given the can. In their place is the star of the show: 'Baby Sussex' - a generous, cascading helping of Baxter's Morecambe Bay potted shrimps, complete with their infamous top-secret ingredient.
If you were hoping for bread and butter, you're out of luck. What you will find is a delicious, miniature Samphire crostini topped with more juicy shrimps.
The entire dish is already seasoned to perfection, but if you're the type of person who likes a liberal sprinkling on their 'chippy', look no further than the 'blizzard' of 24-Carat gold leaf flakes adorning every aspect of the creation.
Director of Baxter's, Clare Holland said: "We're famous for taking our fish very seriously, but this dish has been so much fun to create. As a nation, we love our Royal Family and we love our Great British food.
"Harry and Meghan are an inspirational couple and represent the modern face of the monarchy. It seemed only right that we reflect this in our dish marking the arrival of their baby. We're honouring and respecting the time old traditions, whilst, at the same time, celebrating the new."
Every fine dining experience needs perfecting, and in the run up to the reveal of the final creation locals and holiday makers in the Lake District village of Flookburgh and its caravan park have been roped in to give their verdict on this reinvention of a classic.
"We've had a brilliant response, mixed, but on the whole, very positive", adds Clare. "Adults love the shrimps with the Sea Bass and black truffle, kids love the potatoes and the fact they can eat the gold leaf! The look on their faces is magical."
"We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, let's face it, you won't ever beat the taste of expertly cooked, traditional fish and chips. This is simply a very special take on a much-loved dish for a very special celebration."
James Baxter & Sons have been potting their famous shrimps since 1879. Those wishing to celebrate along with Prince Harry, Meghan and Baby can recreate the dish following the recipe on the Baxter's website. Union Jack bunting essential, gold leaf - optional.
For more information please contact Rob Ellis or Clare Holland on: 01524 410910 or email: james.baxter@
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