Am vizitat Anglia pentru prima data la varsta de 10 ani si am fost extrem de intrigat de faptul ca acolo traia o Regina. Ceva extrem de neobisnuit… Mi-am imaginat palatul ei atat de multe ori in mintea mea de copil, incat atunci cand am ajuns in fata portilor de la Buckingham am fost total dezamagit! Nu avea absolut nimic in comun cu ceea ce crease imaginatia mea si pe deasupra una dintre aripi era in renovare, acoperita de o plasa imensa, verde.
Exactly on my birthday, on November 20th of last year, a book was released that combines my two passions: monarchy and food...
I am referring here to Princess Margarita of Romania’s “Cartea regala de bucate”, which I will call the “Royal Cookbook” from here on.
Once I learned about the Princess’ project, I immediately thought about starting a weekly blog that combines recipes from this book with some personal opinions regarding the institution of monarchy.
I must admit that food hasn’t always been my great passion. Even now I remember how, as a child, my Mother was struggling to make me eat what was placed before me. Of course time changes both opinions and pleasures…
As far as monarchy is concerned, I admit that I cannot remember exactly when my interest was aroused. Seems like such a long time ago.
I visited England for the first time at age 10 and I was very much intrigued by the fact that a Queen was head of state there. Something very unusual... I imagined her palace so many times in my mind that when we arrived before the gates of Buckingham Palace I was totally disappointed! The building before me had absolutely nothing in common with what my imagination had created! To top it all off, one wing was under renovation and covered by a huge green net.
From what I remember, I was even more surprised when I found out that Romania had a King at one time. My maternal grandmother was telling me about her childhood days and one day she put in my hands a very unusual Romanian coin, very different from what I had been used to, with the effigy of King Michael: so young and handsome was this unknown king who, my grandmother told me, had to leave. But she remembered well how in middle school, before classes begun, all students came out into the schoolyard and sang the national anthem - "Long live the King." Interesting times...!
Soon after, Grandma gave me a book to read - "The Story of My Life" - written by Queen Marie of Romania. I was totally fascinated! And I can honestly say that I have not escaped this fascination, nor do I think I ever will... from that moment on I wanted to learn more and more and I read everything I found about these people who were "of Romania" but still almost unknown, at least to my generation.
As I started to read, I also learned about the blood ties between the Royal Family of Romania and other European monarchies. All details of these family bonds are very interesting to me and I still devote much time to this particular subject.
I realize that I'm just an amateur in both fields, but nothing in this world gives me more pleasure or offers me more delicious moments, full of relaxation, as these two hobbies!