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!


Joanna said...

How lovely ... it makes me want to start sewing again ... I'm afraid I stopped after my second child was born, no time, but now two have left home, only two still at school, no excuses really ...

Thanks for sharing, and for the inspiration


Marie said...

Oh, I bet it will be beautiful when it is done Hannah! I'll tell you off if it's not done soon,I promise! I so want to see the finished piece!