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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

Thursday, 19 July 2007


There are probably very few people in the world this morning who had violet for breakfast - I did, thanks to my lovely neighbour Susan who gave me a jar of violet honey yesterday that she had found on holiday in Sweden. Is this violet obsession becoming too much I wonder? Will I ever tire of violet? Definitely not! The honey is seriously violetty and bright purple - there are definitely too few purple foods and it seemed slightly strange to see my toast spread with a purple topping. It was however absolutely delicious and although my brain was whirring with ideas for what to bake with it, I think I am going to save this and have it in it's pure form on toast and crumpets as it would be a travesty to dilute the taste! Thanks Susan and Peter for the perfect "me" present.

3 comments:

Rita said...

This makes me smile - you know when you drink too much carrot juice your skin turn orange - was just wondering if you are have a bit too much violet if you will turn a violet colour! :)

Marie said...

That honey sounds lovely! Lucky you, purple or not! I have a jar of lavender honey that I just love. I also love Greek honey and it's lovely licorace flavor. I am ever so much looking forward to seeing what other uses you can come up with to use this special gift you've been given!

Nim said...

You could do a version of David's lemon and honey cake, but make the cake with violet honey, then do a violet tea syrup to drizzle over the top. You would, of course, have to get some crystallised violets to decorate it ;)