Well it has been a good few days since my last post - I have a valid excuse as I am in the South West of France - enjoying a few days of warm sunshine - although rather sad at the lack of internet connection and am now struggling to use a French keyboard in an internet cafe - with the letters in the wrong places it is somewhat akin to trying to rub your head and pat your stomach at the same time. Tomorrow is a day I have been looking forward to as I am working with a local artisan baker and am really looking forward to learning some true French patisserie. Needless to say that since arriving we have consumed plenty of delicious wine, cheese and bread and I have managed to pursuade a few chefs to part with some recipes which I will gladly share when I am in possession of a proper keyboard. So think of me tomorrow trying to understand the French at the bakery - I am determined to learn the true art of baking baguette!
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