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

Monday, 9 February 2009

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.


Magic Cochin said...

:-O How scary for you!
We have a fraction of the snow you have, I didn't realise quite how bad it was further south and west of us.

Good to hear you're safe in your cottage as tonight's storm approaches.


Bellini Valli said...

That is a lot of snow. It seems that no one has been exempt from winter this year. Thank goodness ours is melting fast in this warmer weather. We can actually have hope of winter being over...I know we will still have snow but it won't last long.

Sylvie said...

Hannah, here in Manchester it never really settled. I can understand why you have had enough of it. It does look very beautiful though.

David Hall said...

It's lovely up here man - come up to Geordieland where the sun always shines!

The Ample Cook said...

Hannah it looks like Narnia!

Hope you're keeping warm and cooking lots of hearty food.


Anonymous said...

I was concerned about you. Sweet little Peapod but I had seen enough of her! Wonderful photos. It has been 34 degrees here in Hawke's Bay N.Z. The weather which has been a factor in the Melbourne fire tragedies is reaching us now, less extreme thankfully.

Joanna said...

What a scare, glad you're home. Here it's day eight of snow, and we are supposed to be getting more overnight, but so far it's just raining, very hard. Perhaps you'll get only rain too. It's beautiful, but it does make daily life tricky ;)


Rita said...

Hi Hannah ... we had quite a lot of snow too and the Oval is still covered with the white stuff! Glad you are safe and well!