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

Monday, 3 September 2007

Oh my...what an honour....lovely Marie from www.ayearatoakcottage.blogspot.com has awarded me a droolworthy blogger award. I am totally flattered and honoured. If you haven't been to Marie's blog yet, you really must pay it a visit - she has my dream job working as a cook in a Manor House and writes lovely tales of her cooking adventures there with delicious recipes. Anyway...A big thank you for the award Marie - my heart is too full for words etc etc...!

Now it's my turn to bestow the honour on a fellow blogger...this is a hard choice as there are so many lovely blogs out there....but my blog of choice at the moment for lovely pictures and recipes is http://figsoliveswine.blogspot.com where Amanda conjures up heavenly creations using fresh market produce. This blog also has a special place in my heart as Amanda is in New York - as is my brother - and I often read her blog and imagine that my brother (fellow foodie and Masterchef contestant in series 1) might be visiting these markets too!


Figs Olives Wine said...

Hannah, how incredibly kind of you to think of me! I'm absolutely floored, so thank you so much for the kind words about my site! Congratulations on your own award too. It's extremely well-deserved.

Marie said...

Oh Hannah, you so deserved this award! I check every day to see if you have something posted and I also wait anxiously for my Country Cooking magazine to arrive just to see your next article in there. Thanks so much for your wonderful words about my page as well. I really do have a dream job, I know, but I would so love to have had your courage and go onto Master Chef, now that to me would really be a DREAM COME TRUE! Anyways, I shall pop on over to check out your drooling blogger recipient now!

Hannah said...

Marie - I really think you should apply to go on Masterchef! You would win hands down! Let me know if you apply and I can pass on lots of hints and tips!

Joanna said...

Hannah - You're so right about Amanda's beautiful blog ... and thanks for the link to Marie, which I'm looking forward to reading.

Have you got a pic of the Xmas trees for birds? Can't quite think how they'd work!


Hannah said...

I don't have a picture yet Joanne as the tree will not be decorated until this afternoon when the photographer comes (I am worried the birds would eat it all if I put it out sooner) but the idea is just to decorate a tree in the same way as you would a normal indoor Christmas tree but using long strings of popcorn and peanuts in shells as tinsel - millet tied with bows hanging over the branches and fat balls a baubles - I have also decorated some stars with pumpkin seeds too! So basically all the decorations can be eaten by the birds! You can use half coconuts too and dried sunflower heads - any thing that birds can nibble at!