The rest of the world can buzz with rumors about whether a "besotted" Prince Harry is secretly dating Suits star Meghan Markle. Rather than feed the gossip mill, she's focusing on something way more delish: breakfast.
In the past 24 hours, Markle's become a trending topic on Facebook, and people have flooded her Instagram with comments about the supposed relationship, but what's even more fascinating than who Markle's dating is who she is. Earlier this year, just before the season premiere of her USA show, we chatted with the 32-year-old about her love of acting, cooking and a great glass of wine. Turns out, she's got some serious culinary secrets-including one secret to a "sexy, filthy" pasta sauce you'll want to try ASAP.
Her Favorite Dessert Is Wine.
"French fries and vino are my vices," she says, explaining that she'll forego a gooey, chocolatey dessert for a "big, beautiful red" just about any day. Tignanello is her all-time fave (she loves it so much she named her lifestyle site, The Tig, after it), but she's also a fan of Argentinian Malbecs, French cabs and pinot noirs from Oregon.
"In the summer, though, when I'm out with my friends, it's rosé all day," she laughs.
Her Diet's Much More Disciplined When She's Filming.
That whole "the camera adds 10 pounds" thing means that Markle often eats cleaner during shoot season. She gets picked up around 4:15 a.m., she says, and spends the rest of the day on set. Here's what that looks like:
- Wake up: Hot water with lemon
- Breakfast: Steel-cut oats with bananas and agave syrup drizzled on it
- Lunch: Salad with protein of some kind
- Snack: Apples with almond butter and sea salt
- Late Afternoon Pick-Me-Up: Green juice
- Dinner: Pasta with zucchini, lots of Parmesan and a glass of wine
When She's Not Filming, Every Day Is Fry-Day.
"On hiatus, all bets are off," she says. Markle's not exactly balling out on chili cheese fries and supersized milkshakes, but her diet gets a bit more relaxed.
- Breakfast: An omelette with fresh herbs and cheese, and toast
- Lunch: Seafood. And French fries, if she's lucky.
"I'm always hoping I'm having lunch with people, so we can share fries. It's its own food group for me," Markle says.
- Dinner: "Typically soup. I'm more peckish then, so I usually go lighter for dinner."
She Sees Green Juice As a Necessary Evil.
Markle drinks green juices pretty regularly, but she doesn't consider it life-changing, like some people do. "Green juice is a food-as-medicine philosophy for me," she explains, drinking it more as a way to boost her energy, like you would a late-afternoon cup of coffee.
For her, a truly life-changing dish isn't about its health benefits; it's one that shifts the way you look at food, like the plate of pad thai she had at a tiny, six-table restaurant outside of Bangkok.
"There's no Michelin star, it's not fancy," she explains. "I took a bite and said, 'oh my God, what have I been eating all my life? This is what pad thai's supposed to taste like?"
She's Learned the Surprising Secret to Amazing Poutine.
Working in Toronto-where Suits is filmed-has made her very familiar with an even more famous Canadian specialty: Poutine, AKA fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy. Many people, though, use the wrong kind of cheese. (Hint: Back away from the mozzarella.)
"It's got to squeak when you bite into it," Markle says. "Really. The cheese curds should make a squeaking noise when you bite into them or squeeze them. That's how you know you've got the right kind."
That's not the only cooking trick up Markle's sleeve.
She Also Has a Killer Cooking Secret for Grilling Steaks.
Just before serving steaks, Markle squirts them with lemon. "Nobody tastes the lemon, but it really brings out the steak's flavor," she says.
She Tried BeaverTail-and Liked It.
When Suits-a USA show about a genius pretending to be a lawyer-finished filming its fifth season, a coworker excitedly announced they'd be celebrating with platters of BeaverTails.
"I was like, 'wait, I'm sorry; what's coming in?" says Markle, who plays paralegal Rachel Zane. She didn't hesitate to give it a try, though-especially when it turned out to be funnel cakes shaped like beaver tails, covered in caramel, chocolate and marshmallows.
"Apparently, it's a Canadian thing," she explains. "It's a sticky, delicious indulgence."
Her Pasta Sauce Is Unlike Anything You've Tried Before.
A friend also convinced her to slow-cook zucchini for four to five hours, until it breaks down into a "filthy, sexy mush" to toss with pasta.
"The sauce gets so creamy you'd swear there's tons of butter and oil in it, but it's just zucchini, water and a little bouillon," Markle says.
She's Noticed One Food Makes a Huge Difference in Her Skin.
Markle admits it's a cliché actor thing to say, but she has noticed a big difference in how her skin looks on-camera and how much energy she has during the day when she cuts out gluten completely.
"It gets such a bad wrap," she says. "However, when I'm traveling, I won't miss an opportunity to try great pasta. I come back from vacation every year with a food baby, and I've named her Comida. I get to the set and I'm like, 'hey, Comida's here, and she's kicking.'"
Sounds like us after lunch-pretty much every day.
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