Although it is nice to know plans so you have something to look forward to, sometimes it is wonderful to be suprised. I spent this weekend in Germany with my dear friend Maren. I knew that we were planning to travel to the North Coast of Germany - little did I know that we were going to one of the most beautiful hotels I have ever stayed in. Heiligendamm has nothing but a spa hotel and a clear stretch of sandy beach. Its location is perfect and I am sure we had the best rooms in the whole hotel as we could see the full stretch of the beach from the bay window in each room. The G8 summit was held there in 2007 so it must be good! We had lovely long walks along the beach and wonderful food - including this delicious raspberry mascapone torte, some amazing hazelnut ice cream and German dumplings. Our favourite was this cocktail - the balsamic might sound strange but it was delicious!
Place 1 tbsp cherry puree and 1 tsp balsamic vinegar in the bottom of a champagne glass and top up with prosecco or champagne and serve. You could replace the cherries with strawberry puree and it would be equally yummy.
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