Last weekend we had a wonderful trip to Buxton in the Peak District to see the Chinese State Circus - lots of amazing acrobatics and aerial ribbon performances - just brilliant! Buxton is an old spa town with a wonderful opera house (complete with painted ceiling) and enormous conservatory and I could just picture Victorian ladies in crinaline dresses drinking the waters (we tried them and they were delicious!), bathing in the spa and walking in the park. Buxton even had old fashioned post boxes that are still in use. It was so lovely to be up in the peak district - I had forgotton how breath taking the scenery is. The wonky church tower is genuine - we saw it in Chesterfield on our way home.
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