With the King’s coronation fast approaching, and 3 bank holidays in May alone, this month feels a bit different. And hopefully the sun is shining more often than not, too! Even if you’re not particularly a fan of the Royal Family, it’s easy to get swept up in the celebrations – any excuse for themed snacks and drinks, right? With that in mind, here are some super simple coronation themed dishes you can make in your student kitchen…
Red, white & blue charcuterie board
We’ve talked about charcuterie and grazing boards before on the Cityheart Living blog, but they really are a super simple way to get involved in an event like this. Simply grab a wooden chopping board, and load it up with any red, white and blue snacks or fruit you can find – if you’re feeling really creative, lay them out in the shape of a Union Jack! Some food ideas for your board include strawberries, blueberries, white marshmallows, red M&M’s, cherries, and blue raspberry bonbons. This really is a case of just laying things out on a board, and it doesn’t get much easier than that…
Originally invented for the Queen’s coronation way back in 1953, this is a dish which has truly stood the test of time. It’s not too difficult to make, and it’s pretty much a buffet staple. Here’s how to do it – first you’ll need:
Chicken breast, cooked & shredded (approx 500g)
2-3tsp mild curry powder
2tbsp mango chutney
1-3tbsp sultanas (optional/to taste)
Black pepper (to season)
This should serve about 4-6 people so if there’s more of you, simply adjust the recipe until you’ve got enough. Mix your mayo, curry powder and mango chutney together, add your sultanas if you want to, and season with black pepper. Mix in the chicken and you’re done! Coronation chicken is generally used as a sandwich filling or served with rice, but it’s up to you how you serve one of the most famous coronation themed dishes ever.
The pomp and pageantry of something like the coronation really isn’t complete without bunting – and even if you don’t want to put any up in your student flat for fear of marking the walls, you can still incorporate some into your celebrations in the form of biscuits! Make a batch of sugar cookies or simple biscuits (like this recipe right here) and once you’ve formed your dough, cut it into identical triangles. You can make a template from a piece of card or the back of a cereal box if you don’t have a triangular cooking cutter! Once baked, leave them to cool and then it’s time to decorate your bunting!
You can pick up some white royal icing (ready-to-roll) and use the same template to cut it into triangles once rolled thinly enough. Then simply go to town with tubes of writing icing or food pens, particularly in red, white and blue. Voila, you have bunting cookies.
These are just 3 really simple coronation themed dishes you can make in your student kitchen to get involved in this weekend’s celebrations – what better way to party than with snacks, right?