It has been a busy few days. I was asked back to my old school to be the guest speaker at prize giving. Those of you who know me well will know that I really dread public speaking and this event was no exception! They did not want me to talk about Masterchef so instead I spoke about the importance of believing in yourself and taking every opportunity life throws at you! I survived and the speech was well received (apparently I am a "hollistic speaker" - not sure whether that is a compliment or not!)
I was presented with a lovely piece of art (pictured) created by one of the students - as a reminder of my shipping law days.
I have also just submitted my first article for my new monthly recipe column "Monthly Morsels" for Country House magazine which starts in February. The column was previously written by 2005 Masterchef winner Tomasina Myers so I have big shoes to fill! St Patricks Day has also arrived early as my next CK article is a St Patrick's Day feast and the photo shoot is tomorrow. Lots of guinness and some green and white cocktails!
Later this month, I am returning to the wonderful Fitzbillies for some more patisserie training and inspiration - I really can't wait to spend some more time with Gill, Penny and Tom - we are going to be doing Valentine's baking so I am hoping to learn lots more baking secrets from them!
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