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

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

This weekend my husband's family came to visit - 18 people in total including all our nephews and nieces! In years gone by cooking for 18 would have seemed daunting but after surviving cooking for 500 school children, 18 seemed a positive breeze! Lots of home made pizzas which the children helped make, vegetarian lasagna and pasta with Giancarlo's tomato sauce (I must post that recipe soon as it is delicious), clotted cream strawberry cheesecake, chocolate toffee brownies (a work in progress which are becoming yummier each time) and baked peaches (Robbie Hudson - I am waiting for the report of you making these!!!!).

I love this time of year when there are plenty of flowers in the garden and you can dot bunches around the house when visitors come. These are the arrangements I did this weekend! The sweet peas are from my mums allotment and smell divine! All very simple and free and yet these jugs of flowers looked a picture on the tables in the garden!


Joanna said...

I love that white alstromeria you've got in the pretty white jug - you don't by any wonderful chance happen to know what it's called, do you? They mostly come in colours I don't much like, but that's lovely

Sounds as if you had a great day - clever you to get the children to help with the cooking


Gloria said...

Hannah you always amazing me, how you have time for all you do???? so nice your arragments (sorry for my english I'm from Chile South America) I hope you have a lovely weekend! Gloria

Gloria said...

I forget to tell you I enjoy your recipes!!! Gloria

Hannah said...

Oh Joanne I'm really sorry but I don't know it's name - I will keep an eye out when I am next at our garden centre and let you know if I find out.

Gloria - thank you for your lovely posts and so nice that you are visiting my site all the way from Chile - it amazes me that people visit from all over the world! You english is perfect - no need to apologise at all


Rita said...

I love sweet peas - they are my favourite flower! I am sure your family love coming to your home!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful arrangements :)

Gloria said...

Hannah I knew your blog (that I love) for Steven that is a friend of mine at Delia's site, he loves soo cook too. xxxxGloria

Marie said...

Oh, it all sounds so lovely and I agree with you ... sweet peas smell heavenly.

Anonymous said...

Hi Hannah

This is mty first post - I remember seeing you on MC with Giancarlo Caldesi and recall how tasty the tomato sauce appeared. I would be very grateful if you could post the recipe as you mention?

Many thanks


Hannah said...

Hi Sally - thanks for your post - I will try and post the recipe next week for you!
x x x