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 December 2007
The 2nd December is our wedding anniversary (six years since our Christmassy wedding in Islington) and we traditionally put up our Christmas tree on this day. So yesterday, despite the storms, wind and rain, we wrapped up warm, went to a lovely Christmas tree farm near here and spent a long time picking our tree. Every year I think I must drive Brian Pell, the owner, crazy as I ask him to pull out tree after tree so that I can inspect them all! I know we say it every year, but I think this year we have the best tree we have ever had! Not too wide but nice and tall although I am slightly concerned about the lack of space under the tree for Santa to leave presents! So here is our tree in full decorated glory - just the swag for the fireplace and wreaths for the doors to make and we will be ready to welcome Christmas visitors (the first of which arrive next weekend). We had our first mince pies for supper last night, together with mulled wine and a roast chicken supper and crackers (we all refused to wear our novelty hats on account of it being early December) - so Christmas has definitely arrived in our cottage!