A few photos from our afternoon teas at the weekend. Our guests feasted on Rose and sour cream dark chocolate cupcakes, Violet fondant fancies, Rose and lavender drizzle flowerpot cakes, White chocolate coconut lavender flapjack, Cucumber sandwiches, Thyme flower mushrooms, Mini poppyseed scones with smoked salmon and peashoots, lavender shortbread, rosepetal scones with clotted cream and strawberries, baby meringues with rose petal cream, violet tea and violet prosecco. Cooking for 70 people is quite a large task - my poor Aga did not know what had hit it! Kathy gave wonderful tours of her garden and we jointly gave cookery demonstrations on using edible flowers in cookery - lovely ice bowls and petal ice cubes, lavender dressing, petal salads, lavender chicken, marigold petal bread! We had such a lot of fun and were asked by the guests if we could do another event at Christmas - mulled wine, mince pies and logs fires - with some Christmas cooking demonstrations. Having said never again on Saturday morning, my mind is now busy coming up with ideas of what to cook for a winter tea party! Will I ever learn to say no I wonder!!!
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