I have just spent a heavenly weekend in Hamburg at the Christmas markets - Gluhwien, roasted chestnuts, crispy belly pork, caramalised almonds - we ate so many delicious things! The pictures don't do it justice as the whole area was just so Christmassy! Yesterday Maren bought her Christmas tree - 3m10cm high - it was enormous and nearly reached the ceiling in her apartment. It took three of us to carry it up three flights of stairs. On returning to the UK my tree looks very little in comparison. Luckily it is now decked with my latest Christmas decoration from the Hamburg market - a sweet gingerbread cottage complete with wooden mushroom and logs. Just too cute for words. Thanks Maren for a wonderful Christmas weekend.
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