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, 23 March 2010
People are always either Magimix or Kitchenaid people. I am definitely a Kitchenaid girl (I so wish I was on commission but sadly am not). I use it for everything, pasta, cakes, bread. Two months ago my kitchenaid broke and I have been lost without it. To be fair I have owned it for about 10 years and use it almost every day so I guess it was only time before it gave up the ghost in protest. In the interim two months I have managed to blow up a cheap electric hand mixer through over use and am now on my second one. I am bereft without a heavy duty mixer. In the meantime, a parcel of car parts arrived at out house four weeks ago (there is a relevance to this and my mixer as you will see below). We knew it was car parts because it said so on the box but my husband said it had been sent in error and that we had to send them back. Needless to say, both of us being busy, the box sat in the kitchen getting in the way until last week when my husband told me to take it to the post office. Now the box was very heavy and I huffed and puffed all the way to the post office and then huffed a lot more at having to pay the princly sum of £19 to send the car parts away but at least they were out of the kitchen! This morning I received a very strange call from the car parts company to say that they couldn't understand why I had posted them an old mixer - the car parts box was the one we had reused to pack my mixer in when it was collected by Kitchenaid two months ago. So my mixer had sat in the kitchen for a whole four weeks without me knowing and now I have to pay £9 to get it sent back again!!!! (Just to clarify it didn't say anywhere on the box that it was from Kitchenaid and they had taken my postage label off!) Luckily, I managed to see the funny side (I can just imagine the look on the car part man's face when he opened the box) and can't wait to be reunited with my mixer tomorrow! Lets just hope it works. Lesson to be learned - always open parcels before sending them back....