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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, 7 May 2007


It has been another busy cooking weekend! Yesterday I cooked lunch for 31 members of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners who were visiting Simon and Kathy Brown's wonderful gardens at Stevington. Kathy is a woman after my own heart who has published a book on cooking with edible flowers - her recipes are truly inspiring. Lunch was poached salmon with tomato roses and herb butter leaves (a la Waddesdon Manor) and some lovely summer salads, including one with asparagus, sweet cicely, daisies and geranium flowers with a lavender and white balsamic dressing.
Here are the puddings shortly before they were served - lemon and raspberry roulade, chocolate truffle cake, toblerone tiramisu, white chocolate and lavender profiteroles, clotted cream and strawberry cheesecake and a large bowl of strawberries and cream. 10 minutes later they were virtually all gone!!!
A huge thanks to my wonderful mum who came and cooked with me - I really wouldn't have managed without her and it was lovely to spend some time cooking together.

3 comments:

Erica from Holland said...

Yummmeeee....
"lemon and raspberry roulade, chocolate truffle cake, toblerone tiramisu, white chocolate and lavender profiteroles, clotted cream and strawberry cheesecake and a large bowl of strawberries and cream!"

The guests must have thought they had died and gone straight to food heaven!!
Yummy!

Hannah, do you sit down and eat some of your own food after your have cooked for your guests, or is it only for them?

Also, I bet it must be so lovely to have such a talent and be able to cook such wonderful things and make people so happy after you have cooked for them.

Marie said...

Those desserts look to die for! How wonderful that you had your mom there to cook with you! If you are like me, you probably can't face eating any of it after you have worked so hard to prepare it. I am always so exhausted at the end of it all that eating is the furthest thing from my mind! But I do love the challenge of getting it all out and having it all look and taste good for employers and their guests!

Beth said...

Good grief you must have been tired by the end of all that, but it looks sooo very worth it. Wonderful pudding selection - simply divine.

Lucky guests indeed :)