Austrian Lore Trenkler (born Berlin 25 March 1914, died Vienna 10 September 2002) became dietician of Empress Menen of Ethiopia in 1960.After the Empress’ death (February 1962) Miss Trenkler stayed as cook of the Emperor.
Haile Selassie did not eat much; one of his favourite dishes was apple strudel. Lore Trenkler lists the following dishes:
Breakfast: porridge, cornflakes with milk and cream; various other egg dishes such as boiled eggs, scrambled eggs or omelette; Ethiopian meat dishes made of chicken, baked sheep’s kidney, bread, butter, jams, honey, coffee.
Lunch: a small hors d’oeuvre, like cheese of spinach baked pudding, rice with ragout, pasta, vegetables au gratin, vegetables; as main dish, a meat dish with various vegetables and potatoes as side dish; Ethiopian dishes; as desserts, cream, fruits, eventually cakes or tartlets, fruit salads, a platter with fruits.
Dinner: soup or entrée as at lunch; main dish as at lunch; Ethiopian dishes; desserts: warm desserts as thick custard-based desserts, pudding, “Kaiserschmarren” (“Emperor’s trifle”, a sugared cut-up pancake with raisins), cakes or choux pastry, meringue, or fruit tarts.
Life and Work at the Court of Haile Selassie I: Memoirs of Lore Trenkler Given by – Rudolf Agstner