Yesterday was a fairly monumental day - I went to London with my Dad to sign off the final photos for my cake and cookie book - that is it now! All finished! I was told the next time I saw the book would be when I received my first copy! We celebrated with a nice supper at Carluccios and also a trip to the British museum - I have not been before (which is rubbish I know) and was amazed that such an amazing museum was free. I also had a meeting with the publishers on the Sundae book and we have now agreed a final list of recipes - 8 weeks to write them but I don't think it will be anything other than a pleasure! I woke up in the night dreaming about sundaes, sundae glasses and sugar sprinkles! Yum yum!
I have also received a lovely present from my German friend Maren - I was talking to her the other day and saying that life was fairly hectic at the moment and she asked what I needed - I jokingly said cake but didn't think she would take this literally. The postman knocked on the door the other day and delivered the most perfect Sachertorte in a wooden box from none other than Hotel Sacher in Austria (the home of the ultimate Sacher Torte) - what a lovely surprise! I had no idea that you could order cake to be sent from them. I have to say this was THE most delicious Sachertorte I have ever eaten - thank you Maren for such a lovely gift xxx
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