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, 28 September 2009

I have just spent a lovely weekend in North Norfolk near Wells Next The Sea. We used to go camping here when we were children - my overriding memory of those holidays is our tent pole getting bent in a storm and me getting soaking wet when the tent collapsed. I am sure this is why I have an aversion to camping. However I do also remember spending every day in our beachhut that we had hired - having BBQs and fondues (very decadent) and building enormous sandcastles. I hadn't realized until this weekend that we lived only two hours from such wonderful golden sand beaches. Given that we have lived here 5 years this is really shocking! Anyway, now that we have discovered this fact we will definitely go back on a regular basis. Fresh seafood was the highlight of the weekend - we stayed at lovely Titchwell Manor on the edge of an RSPB reserve with a view of the sea and the bird sanctuary from our window - I don't think I have ever woken up to a nicer view. We went passed Morston Hall (home of the lovely Galton Blackiston, one of my all time favourite chefs - sadly fully booked, but next time!!!) and flew a kite on the beach at Wells. I think the beachuts are just as lovely as Southwold (if a little more higgledy piggledy all on different height stilts) and the beach is enormous with sail boats on the sea. I definitely recommend a visit of you are in the area. Hope you all had a lovely weekend xxx


Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Growing up my grandparents took us grandkids camping and I have great memories. The only thing I could not stand was sharing the bathrooms and showers!!!
The beach huts reminds me of a rainbow.
Tracy :)

Rita said...

I am so tired tonight and quite jealous about your lovely weekend! :) I love the beach huts - so pretty!

Susan said...

Looks beautiful!

I received the cake book in the mail this morning from Amazon.uk! I am just so impressed. It is lovely! Cant wait for the next one!

Rachel Lucas said...

Hannah - you're right, it's so beautiful up there isn't it? You should go to Burnham Market next time, wonderful second hand bookshops and lovely lunch places....also Burnham Thorpe, where Nelson was born - tiny & sleepy, gotgeous. And Holt, and Cley...xx

Hannah said...

Lovely pics! I really enjoy reading your blog. Have you found Byfords in Holt yet? Thats not too far away from Wells next the Sea, and the food is amazing!

Lucie said...

Hi Hannah

I was there last year for the first time and had a lovely time, Holkham Hall was a highlight of my trip. So unspoiled there. Lovely to see your pictures.
Lucie xx