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, 5 November 2007

Well it seems to be one festivity after another at the moment.

Like most of you I'm sure, we celebrated bonfire night this weekend and our neighbours had a lovely firework party with everyone bringing the biggest firework they could find!

Steve's 1000 shot firework won the prize for the longest display and Peter and Susan's had the best finale! I don't think I have ever seen such a spectacular display at a home event!

I made some bonfire sweets - chocolate and pistachio fudge and honeycomb, which we all munched on during the display.

Supper was deliciously simple - baked potatoes and cheese, hot dogs with onions and baked apples and apple cake, all washed down with mulled wine.

Honeycomb is easy to make - why not try some for tonight if you are watching fireworks!

200g caster sugar
5 tbsp golden syrup
1 level tbsp bicarb of soda

Heat the sugar and syrup in the pan until the sugar has dissolved and bring the mixture to the boil, stirring all the time. Tip in the bicarb of soda and give it a really good mix for a minute or two over the heat. Be careful that it does not go too dark as this will give a bitter taste. Pour the mixture on to a large oiled baking tray - the mixture will continue to expand once you have poured it out so make sure you use a large tray, or two separate trays. Leave to set in a cool place for approximately 2 hours.


vida said...

Fantastic, fun and simply, will give it a go!!!! Vida x x x x

Rita said...

Our bonfire night was quite fun too with a huge fire. Unfortunately they lit it too early and it burnt out quicker than we thought. :) Made the honeycomb the other day but it was a bit sticky - will give your recipe a try. Thanks for that Hannah.

David Hall said...

Mmmm, honeycomb.
How are those hens?


Anna said...

Thanks for that Hannah, the batch I made went down very well at my choir rehearsal tonight!!

Marie said...

Oh, it sounds a lovely time! We call that sponge toffee back in Canada. I Luv the stuff! (especially dipped in chocolate, but then, what doesn't taste good dipped in chocolate!)

Anonymous said...

My English bloke misses bonfire night so much. He was just talking about it yesterday. Thanks for the photos.