Unless you cook Middle Eastern food or Indian cuisine, you probably don't have a bottle of rosewater sitting somewhere in your cupboard. Well, it seems that neither do a lot of Brits who have rushed to buy that and other exotic ingredients to prepare a special dessert for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Rosewater, elderflower cordial and crumbled meringue, are among the unique ingredients famous British chef Heston Blumenthal and Royal Chef Mark Flanagan will use in making the Diamond Jubilee Strawberry Crumble Crunch, the special dessert that will be served at the Jubilee Picnic at Buckingham Palace. Essentially, the dessert is a strawberry and rose compote with cream topped with merengue and crumble.
Those who weren't lucky enough to be among the 10,000 people selected by random ballots to join the Queen's picnic on the 3rd of June are trying to make their own versions of the Diamond Jubilee Strawberry Crumble Crunch. This has sparked a rush to upscale supermarkets like Waitrose, which reports that sales of elderflower cordial have risen by 1,000 percent.
Perhaps as the Queen of England celebrates 60 years at the throne, she might be pleased to know she also spurred a bit of a culinary revolution.