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, 16 August 2007

I don't know how many of you watched the amazing meteor shower on Sunday night - we did and couldn't believe how good it was. We lay out in the orchard on a blanket under a patchwork quilt with some cocoa - for the first few minutes we didn't see anything and I was beginning to wonder whether we were looking in the wrong place, but with that a shining flash went across the sky! We spent an hour watching the light show until we were too cold and were getting a bit scared by the rustling noises in the hedgerows (we were visited by a hedgehog and muffy our cat, both of which arrived unannounced in the darkness and scared the life out of us!)

Given the meteor shower, a space theme was the obvious choice for the fondant fancies I made at the weekend for our nephews who I didn't think would appreciate the girlie maypole cake! Somehow black fondant fancies don't look quite as appealing as pale purple/pink ones !


Joanna said...

Why is it that black and blue food is so unappealing? But, you're right, boys would prefer it to pale pink, although I can't believe they wouldn't have enjoyed your wonderful maypole creation.

Very envious of you seeing the meteor shower - we forgot. Cold is a feature of practical astronomy in Britain - I always end up making cocoa for stargazers here.

I've tagged you for a fantastic four meme - I hope it's your sort of thing!


Great Big Vegetable Challenge said...

I see evidence of the glitter - I am very jealous Hannah.

Rita said...

I agree with the blue and black food looking unappealing. I grew up in South Africa and once visited a real Zoeloe church in the bundu's. They had lunch together afterwards and had grass green cakes with bright blue icing. I couldn't get myself to try it then.... today I would :)

Happy Birthday Hannah's nephew!

Marie said...

I bet the boys loved them! I had thought about staying up to watch the meteor showers, but sadly was far too sleepy! I know, I'm boring, boring, boring ...

Magic Cochin said...

It was cloudy here and we didn't wake up to see if the sky had cleared! Missed the sky show until next time.
Black cakes? not sure about those. But I do like the black sesame dessert you get from asian stores in little sachets - looks like black mud but tastes strangely yummy!


fiona said...

well I think the black looks extremely yummy!!! especially with the glitter.