It seems like a long time ago now but the weekend before last I visit my German friend Maren together with my friend Tina in Hamburg and we went on a trip to Berlin. This was the start of the snow and it was bitterly cold - we managed a trip to the Reichtstag and the Brandedburg Gate and then had a very long leisurely lunch with Schnitzle and Kaiserschmaren - Emporer Pancakes (fluffly butter pancakes) with poached plums - soooo delicious - for anyone wanting to try there is a recipe here. The new dome on the Reichtstag was made by none other than our own Gherkin designer, Norman Foster. The dome contains a spiral runway so that you can walk up to the top. It is free to go in and definitely worth queuing - even 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