Meghan Markle Is Putting Her Foodie Past to Good Use on Her Royal Tour

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Meghan Markle is employing her culinary skills in Oz. Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images

Meghan Markle’s past life as a self-proclaimed foodie lifestyle blogger is coming in handy. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently in Australia on their 16-day royal tour, and Markle is again showing off the culinary skills she flaunted on her defunct blog, The Tig.

Just chillin’ with some herb. Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images

Today, Markle and Prince Harry stopped at social enterprise restaurant Charcoal Lane for lunch. The eatery, located in Melbourne’s Fitzroy neighborhood, has a Mission Australia program that trains Indigenous youth in the cooking and hospitality industries, and the couple’s meal was prepared by the young chefs.

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But before the duo dined from a menu that included mushroom and quinoa, saffron risotto, kangaroo, wild boar and barramundi, they took a tour of the kitchen and met with executive chef Greg Hampton for a “touch, taste and smell” experience of local ingredients. Hampton offered them some native herbs and spices to test out, though the Duchess was a bit more prudent due to her recently announced pregnancy.

Prince Harry being adventurous. ANDY BROWNBILL/AFP/Getty Images

Markle apparently opted out of the finger limes, while Prince Harry refrained from tasting the ultra-spicy pepper leaf. Markle also told the staff she used one of the available ingredients, wattleseed, in her own cooking adventures—we wonder if it was in her famous engagement chicken.

The acai bowl enthusiast had already boasted her kitchen prowess shortly after she touched down in Sydney. Yesterday, she baked banana bread before her and Prince Harry’s visit to a family-run farm in Dubbo. She reportedly whipped up the homemade treat in the Admiralty House kitchen, where the duo are staying, and added in chocolate chips and ginger.

The banana bread chef herself. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

It’s all very fitting for the erstwhile Suits actress, who also parlayed her passion for food into her first official solo charitable endeavor as a royal: supporting a charity cookbook, which, sadly, did not include her beloved chia seed pudding.

Meghan Markle Is Putting Her Foodie Past to Good Use on Her Royal Tour