As fellow foodies, I know you will appreciate these foodie gifts that I received for Christmas as much as I did. This wonderful hot chocolate and hot chocolate whisk was from my brother's girlfriend Amy (incidentally Amy - we would have loved you just as much even if you hadn't bought the wonderful Dean & Deluca Hamper - but we were very grateful for it!) I have to say that this is the best hot chocolate I have EVER tasted and I don't know what I am going to do when the tin is empty - perhaps a trip to New York is called for!
I also received this wonderful book from Masterchef winner Steven Wallis - Lost Desserts, Delicious Indulgences of the Past. It is a real testament to how well Steven knows me as this book is my idea of heaven and I have read it cover to cover several times already. Recipes include Marbled Rose and Raspberry Fool, Lady Agnes Jekyll's Old Fashioned Orange Jelly, Caramalised Rice Pudding and Miss Grimble's Chocolate Angel Pie. They sound so heavenly and I can't wait to make them all!
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