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, 15 October 2008

Last weekend Mum and Mike attended the World Conker Championships at Ashton - you have heard it all now, I hear you cry. I just love these really "English" traditions! Lots of teams in fancy Dress - Little Britain, Gladiators, French Maids. I remember going to this when we were little and my brother taking part. As kids we would try everything to make our conkers harder - baking, pickling in vinegar, polishing - I am not convinced that any of these tricks made a difference. There are so many shiny conkers underfoot now when we walk up the lane to the fields - I like them best when they have just fallen and are still pristine in their prickly shells.


Marie said...

OH, it looks like a really fun day Hannah!!! I had never heard of conkers before I came over here. Our lane is filled with them too. I think they're a wonderful tradition!

milhan said...

Okay...I'll take a guess here...are they chestnuts??

Sylvie said...

What a great day out, Hannah! My street is lined with chestnut trees and I'm still waiting for the day where one drops right onto my head.