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
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
Our annual expedition to Stevington Windmill to choose our Christmas tree took place early on Sunday morning. As usual we ummed and ahhh for ages (well I did - Sacha patiently held out each tree for me to inspect). We eventually went back to the first tree we had looked at and took that one home with us! Here is lovely Brian Pell sawing the bottom of our tree. I spent all Sunday afternoon decorating the house for Christmas - the twinkling lights on the tree have finally instilled some much needed festive spirit into this house! My usual greenery swag over the fireplace has been replaced this year with some simple decorations on a cranberry string as we are expecting the chimney man to come and fit our stove next week (fingers crossed) and with all the dust, I didn't think that a proper swag would survive the mess. The alternative swag is acceptable and was certainly a lot less work! I also made one for our dinning room with some lovely porcelain snowflake decorations and little purple stockings that I stitched!