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
Wednesday, 16 January 2008
Not that I am becoming weather obsessive but I woke up this morning so relieved that it was not raining. When I got back from a meeting last night, the stream in our garden had broken its banks and our bridge was partly under water. There was water up to the front door step and I went to bed really worried that the kitchen would be flooded in the morning. What a relief that the waters have receded. I really pity anyone who was flooded last night. Anyway, all this worry about flooding got me thinking about Noah's Ark and a patchwork quilt project of mine that has been on the go for several years and which I really should get round to finishing (the problem if your sewing basket is as overflowing as mine is that even if I stitched every day for the rest of my life I am sure I would never finish all my sewing stash)! Anyway this project has now moved to the top of my basket so might progress a bit quicker now. The book with patchwork pieces (you just add your own fabrics) is by Janet Bolton who has also written Mrs Noah's Garden. Somehow I have managed to resist the temptation to buy this second patchwork book - perhaps on the basis that I thought I would never finish the first! So these are the panels I have completed - cheetahs, crocodiles, giraffes and a lonesome elephant (not very two by two). If it gets to six months from now and I have not posted an update on more panels will someone please tell me off!