Yesterday was a milestone day - I received the proof of my book in the post! It is the first time I have seen all the recipes and pictures together in one place and I was so excited to finally hold it in my hands. Allee my editor and Suzanne the designer have done such a wonderful job and have transformed my boring and rambling word document containing recipes into something that most definitely looks like a book! I am so pleased with it. With the release date now confirmed as October 09 for both the UK and the USA, the days have started counting down. My lovely publishers Duncan Baird (www.dbp.co.uk) have very kindly said that I can show you a sneak preview of some of the pages of the proof - Lemongrass loaf cakes, Attwood cookies (with white chocolate, sour cherries and almonds, named after the lovely Katie Attwood of Masterchef who called me to be a last minute stand in on the programme) and Key Lime Mousse cake!
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