One thing about keeping a blog is that it makes you realise how quickly the months go by. This weekend was Kimbolton School Junior Masterchef and I was asked to judge again. It feels like only yesterday that Steven and I were there judging last year. The standard this year was even higher and it amazes me that their cooking skills are so far advanced even though some of them were only 11. Here are the winning dishes - A raspberry cheesecake with white chocolate icecream and raspberry coulis, walnut crusted cod with parsnip puree and roasted tomatoes, chicken in red sauce and buckwheat belinis with salmon and lamb with red cabbage and red currants with apple crumble and creme anglais (made from scratch!) Yet again, it was such a special occasion and thanks to their lovely teacher Clare for the invite.
Tomorrow morning I am going on BBC Radio Northampton to talk about cooking with lavender (a busy week when I really should be finishing writing up the book) - you can listen in here should you wish at 9am ish
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