Reaching the final of Masterchef 2007 was a rollercoaster of emotion, with huge highs and lows, but I loved every minute and learnt a huge amount. I owe a great deal to John and Gregg who had faith in my ability when I did not believe in myself. Since competing on the programme my life has changed considerably. I now write cookery columns for two magazines, give cookery demonstrations and am just working on my 13th cook book - unlucky number for some but not for me!!! I love all forms of country cooking, using seasonal and locally sourced produce. This blog is to enable me to share with you a few of my recipes and baking ideas. Enjoy Hannah xxxx

Monday, 19 March 2007

Black Olive and Sweet Potato Salad
Serves 6 as a side dish, preparation and cooking 20 minutes

3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into pieces

500 grams of baby new potatoes

5 spring onions finely chopped

20 black olives, stones removed and finely sliced

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

course sea salt and pepper

Simmer the sweet and new potatoes in boiling salted water until they are just cooked. Drain the water and return to the pan. Gently crush with a masher so that the potatoes are broken but not mashed completely and stir through the spring onions, olives and olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper, although you will not need too much salt as the olives will already have added a nice saltiness to the dish. This is really good served with grilled fish.

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