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, 26 July 2007

These are a few apples in our orchard photographed by my friend Tina a few weeks ago in a rare moment of blue sky and sun. There is no comparison with the grey colour of the sky outside today - seriously, someone must have stolen our summer! It is our local Annual Produce Show at the end of next month so I am hoping to enter a few of our apples and pears!

I will also be entering the sampler I have just finished in the needlework category - it has to be unframed so that they can look at how neat it is on the back so I have tried to be more tidy than usual! Click on the photo for a close up image. I am contemplating entering a few of the baking categories but I don't think I could stand the humiliation of doing badly! I would never live it down so it is perhaps best not to even try!!!


Magic Cochin said...

I love the inclusion of those little gold charms! and I'd give you top marks for your openwork border. It's really charming - bet you get a prize.


PS: Right now I'm listening to 'Woman's Hour' on BBC Radio 4 - they're doing a feature about cooking with lavender. Worth listening to on "listen again".

Marie said...

I love to do samplers like that myself and have quite a few sitting upstairs in our sitting room. Your apples look really lovely. We are surrounded by orchards where we are now and we were most surprised to see that they are already getting ready to pick! I think they are ever so early this year! I hope you win a prize for your cross stitch!