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

Thursday, 12 July 2007

A cup of tea is a British institution - it solves all manner of problems and I for one always feel better after having a freshly brewed cuppa!
At the moment, the tea of choice in our house is violet tea. It has a strong flowery perfume and I am hatching up plans of making violet tea sorbet and violet tea bread (soaking the raisins and sultanas in violet tea) when I next have a spare few minutes.
I also use tea as the base of my smoking liquor when smoking fish and duck.
We had the teas in the photo at my mums last weekend - they were her birthday present from my brother and were almost too pretty to use. The tea is in silk pyramid bags with a little leaf at the top! I'm not sure that the silk bag does much to improve the flavour but it certainly makes the tea drinking feel more decadent that usual!


Magic Cochin said...

That's really beautiful - did the covered cups and tea bag stands (sachets would be more apt for these) come as a set?

I think that the English "way of tea" can be as much a ritual as the Japanese tea ceremony. It's just different.


David Hall said...

Hannah - on MasterChef I recall making ENDLESS cups of tea for you :o)

Hopefully see you Sunday

David x

Marie said...

I don't really drink tea anymore, but when I did I used to love drinking this special tea put out by Bigelow's Tea in America, called Constant Comment. It was a blend of tea mixed with orange and spice and it was lovely. I still love the smell of it!

Anonymous said...

Hi Hannah,

I totally agree about the tea, I can't live without it!

Do you know where the tea your brother bought came from?



Hannah said...

I have asked my brother to come and leave details of where the tea was from so hopefully he will post it soon!

Anonymous said...

Great, thanks Hannah. I think it'll be perfect for my friend's birthday later this month. She's also a bit of a tea obsessive!


Anonymous said...

sorry ginger - i can't remember the name of the shop i brought them in. I have asked hannah to ask mum to look at the tin - there will be a website on it.
G x

Anna said...

I love tea, but I'm always disappointed that there are very few kinds of decaf tea.

I never touch caffeine (I sleep badly enough already without that!) so I really feel like I'm missing out. It's only recently I've been able to find decaf Earl Grey.

Violet tea sounds wonderful though!