I have been tagged in the Fabulous Four Me Me by lovely Joanna of www.joannasfood.blogspot.com - five areas of my life, four points each so here you go...
4 jobs I have had in my life
1. I used to work in my Grandma's Hat Shop on Saturdays selling snoods (remember those?) and fingerless lace gloves. Oh the 80's - what were we thinking??? This was at the height of Princess Diana's hat era and I loved trying all the hats on.
2. I worked for a German law firm in Hamburg and London and was a German Maritime Arbitrator.
3. I worked at Clifford Chance - the world largest law firm - where I would sometimes work through the night or sleep in the office in beds with paper sheets - this is a chapter of my life best forgotten.
4. I now work at home as a lawyer - this is my nicest job so far (other than foodie things but I don't see them as work, just pleasure)!
Places I have lived:
1. I was born in Harpenden.
2. I grew up in South Bedfordshire (about 30 minutes from where I live now) - my parents moved house to be within the catchment area of my school.
3. We lived in Hackney, East London in a lovely square that is famed for being the model for the Eastender's set - they took plaster cast models of the front of our houses to build the set. I get glimpses of our old house when I watch the programme. It had a great community spirit with a communal garden and regular street parties, for which I baked the odd cake or two!
4. My cottage now which I hope never to leave
Four places I have been on holiday:
1. Chole Mjini, Tanzania - the best holiday we have ever had, no running water, no electricity, no phones - sheer isolation from the outside work, staying in a two storey tree house, drinking ginger beer at sunset and eating fried plantains (and I don't even like bananas). It is the one place I would go back to if I had a choice of anywhere in the world to go on holiday - www.intotanzania.com
2. Paxtons Tower Lodge, Wales - a wonderful stone cottage we visited for our honeymoon. It was just after Sept 11th so we decided not to go to India as planned - I was too scared to fly (silly in retrospect) we had a really wonderful time walking on the beach at Tenby in the winter sun - www.landmarktrust.org.uk
3. The Tower in Puglia - a real foodie heaven that we found by chance which has a lovely stone walled vegetable garden where all the produce in the restaurant came from and great cookery lessons - www.cognoscentiworld.com/hotels/tower.asp
4. L'enclume, Cartmel, Lake District - the best restaurant I have ever eaten in - we stayed for three nights which in retrospect was ridiculous (one night would have been a treat) - amazing food, particularly the chocolate orange doughnuts that were served as a petite fours which tasted of Christmas morning and brought tears to my eyes. Lovely Simon Rogan gave me the recipe which is now treasured in my recipe book - www.lenclume.co.uk
Four of my favourite foods:
1. Frys Cream bars - we used to have them when we were ill to make us feel better - they still work today
2. Rib of Beef for a Sunday roast
3. Lamb Pasanda and Peswiri Naan
4. Skye Gyngells Lamb and Prune Casserole with spiced sweet potato puree
I am wondering what the above says about me.....!
Four places I would rather be right now:
Nowhere - I am in my cottage and there is nowhere I would rather be!
Charlotte and Freddie at the www.greatbigvegchallenge.blogspot.com
Julia at www.asliceofcherrypie.blogspot.com
Steven at www.theurbanfoodie.blogspot.com (in an attempt to get him back to blogging)
William at www.theboydonefood.blogspot.com
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