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

Friday, 11 July 2008

It has been a bit hectic this week. On Wednesday I gave talk to 60 lovely ladies from the WI - cooking for John and Gregg was easy in comparison with cooking for the WI! I was petrified! Still they ate every last crumb I had prepared so I can't have done too badly. I even got to sing Jerusalem - which I had always thought was a WI myth - clearly not! Another lady also spoke at the meeting and talked about the WI being the "Keeper of Crafts" now that needlework and cooking weren't being taught as much in schools and how some members of the WI are spending time in schools teaching these skills. This is such a wonderful idea.

Last night I was invited to Freddie and Charlotte's book launch in London of the Great Big Veg Challenge book. It is such a lovely book and filled with wonderful vegetable recipes and photographs. Two of my recipes have made it into the book - I didn't realise this until I saw the book yesterday and was so thrilled

Thank you Charlotte for your lovely words!

I wanted to take Freddie and Charlotte a present to celebrate their achievements so baked a batch of cinnamon and apple cupcakes, decorated with vegetables. All packaged up in a trug they looked quite pretty and Freddie had soon tucked in!

Thank you Freddie and Charlotte for a memorable evening!


Rita said...

Hannah you always blow me away. I think what I so appreciate about you is that your sensitivity and care for people and to bless them. Amazing! Those cupcakes are just beautiful!

Elke said...


you are not good for my wasteline...these cupcakes look so scrumptious that I will be heading home and start baking again. It must be heaven to be your friend....so well looked after and cared for.

Thanks for sharing this with us


Magic Cochin said...

Formidable indeed! Remember when Tony Blair was slow hand clapped by a hall full of WI members - he looked petrified!

What a lovely gift for Freddie and Charlotte!

I must order their book - it's a gret achievement.


David Hall said...

So you made it! I was gutted I could not be there. Just spoken to Charlotte, really glad you all had a good one. Have a top weekend.


Marie said...

What a lovely gift Hannah! You are such a sweet friend! Congrats on pleasing the WI! That in itself is quite an accomplishment! Way to go Hannah!