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

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

What is it with this weather? Our garden looks positively luminous green at the moment - one minute it pouring and the next it is glorious sunshine. I know that as soon as Wimbledon finishes, summer will start although given Nadal's 5 day match which still hasn't finished, this may be some time off!
Last night I experimented with a carrot, courgette, coconut and walnut cake with mascapone frosting! I could hear Gregg's "madness on a plate" echoing round the kitchen. My mum is visiting tonight with her friend and I wanted to try to make something nice for them. Do you ever get the feeling that you should just have kept it simple and made a lemon drizzle cake??? I haven't tried the cake yet and have to confess it smells rather unusual but if it is edible, I will post the recipe!!

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