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, 2 February 2010
I am just back from a wonderful weekend in Bath - seeing the History Boys play (the tickets were a very nice birthday present). We stayed in Longleat (can you tell I am a secret "Animal Park" fan - ahhh lovely Ben Fogle swoon, swoon) in the Gatehouse Lodge. When we booked it I thought the gate house would be somewhere on the edge of the Longleat Estate. I never imagined we would have the spectacular views of Longleat House that we had from our kitchen window! You can just see the house in the distance through the lodge archway. The decor inside was so crazy that I am convinced it was designed by Lord Bath himself (he being the great purveyor of very loud and bright waistcoats) including a snug room in the attic with billowing fabric covering the ceiling and a hallway painted in bright red, yellow and brown stripes. The Bath Arms food was delicious - our favourite being the sea salt caramel sticky toffee pudding (yum yum!) Sadly with the Safari Park closed, we didn't catch a glimpse of a single wild animal, nor of Ben Fogle! Next time!