I love the snow - it is my favourite type of weather, but enough is enough! Last week I was stranded on a slip road off the M11 in the snow at 1.30am on my own - scared was not the word. By some miracle a gritter came along and I followed it - it took me to Stansted airport where I was luckily able to get a bed for the night. I then got stuck in Suffolk and now, having finally made it home, I have been unable to leave the house since Tuesday as we are snowed in. Our lane is completely impassable with 6 inches of ice covering the whole road. I thought that I had a well stocked larder cupboard and freezer but they are both becoming quite bare. I have to be very grateful to my hens who, despite the cold, are still laying 6 eggs a day. Whatever happens there will always be omlettes! Our cars got stuck in the snow and it took 6 neighbours to move them. It is a good job we live in such a lovely community and everyone has been helping each other out. Peter and Susan even walked three miles to the Co-op to collect provisions for everyone - using ski poles - thats how much snow we have! And the forecast for today .....snow storms in the Midlands - we are bracing ourselves for things to get worse! I hope that you are all surviving in the snow.
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