Last night Sacha and I were invited to have dinner with Giancarlo and Katie Caldesi at their new restaurant Caldesi in Campagna in Bray. All I can say is...yum yum yum yum yum! As you enter the restaurant you are met by a scent of delicious truffle and the decor is just beautiful - I love their new logo! The food was delicious! I started with roasted vegetables (aubergines, artichokes, baby carrots and peppers) with a delicious truffle cream, followed by "melt in your mouth" osso buco with a delicious tomato ragu and truffle polenta. To finish, we had doughnuts with sambuca sauce (with lovely overtones of blackcurrant and aniseed) and a vanilla cream. There was not a crumb left! All in all a super meal, lovely company (I am so lucky that Giancarlo has taken me under his culinary wing) and I definitely recommend a visit if you are near Bray. Giancarlo has asked me to teach at his cookery school - what an honour! I need to brush up on some Italian desserts as I am not quite sure that Toblerone tiramisu would be highly regarded in an Italian kitchen!!!
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