Today was our niece's birthday and this is her birthday cake. When I start out decorating a cake I am never quite sure how it is going to end up as, although I have a rough idea in mind, it evolves depending on what sweets are in my cake decorating box and what colour icing I find first. I have to say then when I finished making this cake, I stood back and was pleased with the result! A summer maypole! It couldn't possibly have been a more "sugar and spice and all things nice" cake if I had tried.
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