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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, 27 February 2008


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!

10 comments:

Magic Cochin said...

Hi Hannah - I'm looking forward to your French recipes. And also pleased to hear the weather is good down there as it's where we'll be at the weekend!

Celia
x

Anonymous said...

Lucky you Hannah . Enjoy France one of my favorite countries . Susan xx

Joanna said...

Looking forward to seeing what you're up to at the patisserie ... is that picture Carcassonne?

Joanna

Vida said...

Oh Hannah, how exciting!!! Thank you for sharing your experience and recipes with us!!! Vida x

Andrea said...

South West France huh? You lucky thing - it's my favourite part of the world.

And learning the dark art of baguette baking as well? There's only one thing to say to that:

Courage!

Great Big Veg Challenge said...

Enjoy - We wait with baited breath for the end results to be blogged!
Charlotte

Rita said...

Wow... I am jealous! :) Enjoy every minute! Travel well!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

What a wonderful opportunity! Looking forward to reading more when you get the chance to post about it all...

Anonymous said...

It must be in the blood!!The second family member to bake bread in France.Although that was in 1944.

Marie said...

Wonderful Hannah! Looking forward to future goodies from you. We holidayed in the South of France several years ago, in March and had a lovely time. It was so warm and sunny. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I hope you have as lovely a time as we did! My favourite place was St Emilion . . . oh and Lourdes!!