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, 21 May 2007

A huge thank you to Penny, George, Gill, Tom and Pauline at Fitzbillies for such a wonderful time at their bakery. I learnt so much and am completely inspired to bake even more. The bakery was so homely, the air smelt of sugar and spices and I was so impressed that the original recipes are followed - such tradition is a rare find in these days of modern convenience. For me, it was the perfect way to spend a weekend and I can't wait to go back again soon.


Marie said...

Loved the pictures of all the goodies in your previous post and this clip of the beautiful shop. What a wonderful experience for you! I have always loved the way bakeshops smell...I wish they could bottle it and sell it to use in our own homes...but then ... we'd walk around in an eternal state of hunger and longing! Not good. :-)

Magic Cochin said...

Oh what perfection!!!!
You must have been in cake shop heaven.

And just think - Fitzbillies chelsea buns have fueled the creative thoughts and inspiration of generations of great minds who fancied a cake in the afternoon when taking a break from their studies, labs, exams and lectures. They're an English institution .... a national treasure