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, 10 December 2008
Sometimes when people ask me to make a cake for them, the theme they ask for completely stumps me. I know when I was last over at Fitzbillies, Pauline was making a giant (almost life size) electric guitar cake and I was full of admiration for her! Last weekend, I was asked to make a fox hunting cake - this gave me a double dilemma as 1) I don't approve of fox hunting and so ethically didn't feel very comfortable making the cake and 2) it is so far removed from my comfort zone of flowery, pretty cakes that I just didn't know where to start. Anyway - as it was for a friend in the village for her husband's 70th birthday I didn't feel able to refuse so the challenge was set. They were very pleased with the end result and I proved to myself that I can make cakes even if I am not inspired by the theme - lesson well learned!