Peacocks to me are very magical. When my mum was ill a few years ago, a peacock suddenly appeared in her garden and stayed there until she got well again when it promptly left. Since then I have had a natural affinity with them. Sadly this is not an affinity which my husband shares! Our neighbours have peacocks and they regularly roost in the tree in our garden at night - it is quite spectacular to watch a peacock fly with its large tail trailing behind it and I have no idea how they manage to take off the ground! It is mating season at the moment and wilfred (pictured sitting on our garden fence) is being particularly noisy, normally waking us around 5am every morning with his eery mating call! There are some disadvantages to living in the countryside but I wouldn't swap it for the world!
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