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, 12 April 2010

I thought I would introduce you to the "almost" new member of our family - Grasshopper the Rooster (so named because he has a habit of standing on one leg as if in a Jackie Chan movie ready to leap in some wild karate move). I popped into a garden centre to buy a sandwich on my way back from a work meeting and clearly I wasn't thinking straight as I left with no sandwich and this tiny little rooster in a cardboard box. He was just such a dear little tame thing, with really funny long legs and needed a home. I was sold! Sadly my enormous grey hens decided otherwise and quickly showed him the door - I now completely understand the term "hen pecked", poor little rooster. Luckily my neighbours were looking for a rooster for their two hens (theirs having sadly been snaffled by the fox) and so he has happily moved in to the farm next door. This weekend he came to visit and sat on our fence crowing away - the garden centre said they had never heard him crow so he must be settled in. Almost as good as owning him and at least now he is living with two hens who dote on him and follow him round (rather than my grumpy old hens). Being so small, his crow is more of a "Cock a dooooodle" with no "Do" at the end - imagine standing on a dog toy and the squeeky noise you get when lift you foot off it and you would be about there!


Anonymous said...

Grasshopper was so lucky that you passed by. Seems like he knows and shows his gratitude by paying you a visit.


Magic Cochin said...

He's a lucky boy - I'm pleased he found a good home, and I expect your hens are happy that it's not with them ;-)

Our boy Tarragon stands on one leg too - it's his 'en garde' stance, usually adopted when he senses danger such as the low flying army helicopters!!!


Alex said...

He sounds like such a character!

Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com said...

He looks very like the modern game types you get. They are very funny and upright looking little birds.

Well done on giving him a home