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

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

I am still poorly (alas the earlier report of being on the mend was a little premature) and feeling very sorry for myself - it has been almost two weeks now. I know I must be ill as I haven't cooked anything for over a week - very sad. Hopefully my antibiotics will kick in soon...please!!! Whilst lying in bed I have been planning ahead for the next baking project - Halloween is only a few weeks away and I thought this year I would make a Halloween gingerbread house. Any hints and tips on gingerbread house construction gratefully received - particularly from you lovely American readers as I know gingerbread houses are your National specialty! I am thinking that sugar glass windows and lights inside would be stunning...although perhaps this is a little too ambitious for a first attempt. In the meantime I thought I would share a few photos of the allotment show in my Mum's village - such a nice rural affair. I just love the scarecrows - Mum's was the large one in the green suit!


Anonymous said...

Rachel Allen has instructions for a gingerbread house and stained glass windows on uktvfood website.Hope you get better soon.

Magic Cochin said...

Hope you soon feel better - I've got the sniffles too and desparately want to feel better by the weekend!

What fub* scarecrows!

* a genuine typo, but I left it because that's how it would sound if I said it!

Rita said...

Get better soon Hannah!

Merry said...

Feel better soon Hannah, sorry to hear you're still not well. Lots of fresh OJ and TLC. I'm a lurker from Oregon - love and look forward to your posts. Keep cosy, take care.

Ali said...

Good Food magazine have a good one on their website - when I first made it I did sugar windows and lights - you are right it does look fab!! Also dead easy to achieve. My tip - have lots of tins ready to support the walls as the icing dries - and leave it to dry before trying to put the roof on. At least 24 hours.

Hope you are feeling better soon!