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, 17 May 2010

Most normal people two hours before a holiday are packing and getting ready to go to the airport. As two hours before heading to Heathrow I was making sugar vegetables, I do not put myself in the category of normal people. This is probably the reason that I am now sitting in Thailand with a random assortment of clothes and belongings that were very hastily thrown into my case. The cake was for Leon's 70th birthday - Leon is the head of Meat and Fish at our local Waitrose and during Masterchef very kindly gave me some training in different cuts of meat and tried to help me learn to identify fish on sight - I have to say I still have not mastered the later. Leon's wife Tracy is an expert in cheese and also gave me loads of help on cheese identification just in case they came up in the Masterchef identification round - sadly neither meat fish nor cheeses came up but at least I felt a little prepared! I have made this allotment cake several times before and yet everytime I make it, it looks a little different. I particularly liked the sweetcorn stalks. Happy Birthday Leon xxx


sadie said...

that cake is amazing. Lucky Leon!

Hope the ash hasn't scuppered your plans. Seems to be lurking around again.

happy travelling
:o) x

Tracey said...

The cake was absolutely amazing and it is still the talking point in the village. Leon was speechless (not a common occurrence)!! Thank you so much:o) xx

Marie said...

I am sure he loved it! What a lucky guy! Hope you enjoy your stay in Thailand!

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Anonymous said...

Wow! Vegetables as a candy. Wonderful cake.
And more amazing, you worked on it 2 hours before leaving. OMG,how do you do this ? I would be so nervous.
Hope you don't have to be in Bangkok. Not really the place to be right now. Otherwise, enjoy your stay. Wish you lots of nice weather and also lots of new food and spice discoveries.


Katie said...

Its just gorgeous! Hope you have a great holiday

Anonymous said...

You are an Artist!!!!

Rebecca Clark

snowy said...

Wow,it looks really amazing. Enjoy your holiday.

Tracey said...

The allotment cake is so cute, Hannah!Whereabouts in Thailand are you? We´re supposed to be going to Thailand(inc Bangkok) for our homeymoon but thinking about changing it due to all the trouble. Are things really bad there? Hope it doesn´t affect you and you have a great hol!