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, 8 August 2007

With summer having arrived, we finally got our BBQ out at the weekend! This is a good thing as it is getting too hot to have the Aga on and I will have to turn it off soon. Just one more birthday cake this weekend and then I can manage without the oven for a week or so. As we have no other means of cooking (other than the microwave) we use the BBQ for everything when the Aga is off - although not ideal, it is quite fun and feels like we are on a camping holiday, particularly when you are cooking scrambled egg and bacon for breakfast in the garden!

Corn on the cob is really delicious cooked on the BBQ. These cobs were made with harissa butter. Peel back the leaves of the sweetcorn leaving them intact. For two cobs, mix 1 heaped tbsp softened butter with 1 level tbsp harissa paste (Belazu Rose Harissa is the best - I am not on commission honest - as it has large pieces of chilli and rose petals in it) and some salt and pepper. Rub a good coating of the butter paste over the corn and then fold down the leaves and tie up with string. Grill on the BBQ for approximately 20 minutes, turning during the cooking so that the corn is cooked on all sides. Perfect with a summer salad and some sausages!
ps - Congratulations Colin H for getting second prize with your lemon curd! A great achievement and I just hope I can do as well in our village show later this month!


Marie said...

That does look delicious! I love to toss Harissa paste with some olive oil and potatoes and then roast them for some tasty and spicey roasted potato goodness!Marie

Anonymous said...

Yum they look great, it's still not BBQ weather here yet - but I live in hope of a last minute Indian summer!

Valli said...

Corn on the cob is the best ever!!! This time of year a meal for me could be a few ears of corn and a few slices of tomato and I am good to go!!We are at the height of corn season here in Canada.