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, 21 January 2008

It has been what can only be described as a pleasant foodie weekend in our cottage. Saturday was my Dad's birthday - as it was only the two of us celebrating here he had a small cake!

We went for a lovely dinner to the Duke of Cambridge Organic Pub in our old stomping ground of Islington with our former neighbours Peter and Lorraine. The food was delicious - Sea Bass with Patatas Bravas, Chorizo and Cavalo Nero. Everything organic and naturally sourced and lovely seasonal food. I definitely recommend a visit.

Easter has arrived early and I have been formulating Easter Baking recipes for a new article all weekend. The air in our cottage has been scented with milk, white and dark chocolate. Needless to say, we have tasted and approved everything!

Finally, as my hens are now laying 7 eggs a day, I have painted a little sign to match their coup to start selling a few of the spare ones! Does this qualify us as a cottage industry I wonder?


Rosie said...

Firstly, happy birthday to your dad. Busy baking Easter goods, I can't wait to hear more about this near the time! Pleased to hear your hens are now laying more eggs for you :)

Rosie x

Marie said...

Happy birthday to your Dad! How wonderful that the hens are laying so well! I wish I lived closer as I'd be buying up your extras!