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

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

I am often asked where my love of cooking came from and sorting through some boxes of my old belongings at my Dad's on Father's Day gave me the answer. These were my two first cook books! And one even had an ice cream sundae Knickerbocker Glory in! See - it was destiny! It was so lovely to find these old books - I remember loving them as a child, particularly the teddy bear one. What a nice trip down memory lane!


Anonymous said...

Hannah - I had the Learn to Cook book as well - how fantastic to see it again. I had completely forgotten it - such amazingly 70's styling.

Thanks - that has really cheered me up.


Kavey said...

In the late '70s my sister and I used to make knickerbockerglories for our (joint) birthday parties, with help from mum, of course.

Perhaps from a similar book!

Happy memories!

Anonymous said...

Hannah you do not know me but I have to tell you.... you have made my day by posting this!! I remember the first book so fondly from my childhood that I have just bought it from Amazon for my baby daughter. Thanks again :)

theundergroundrestaurant said...

Mine was this:http://marmitelover.blogspot.com/2009/07/how-i-learnt-to-cook.html

sadie said...

:o) simply enchanting. Hmm. Might have to do a teddy bears picnic for my little girl today

Sadie :o)

Victoria said...

I LOVED the Funb-to-cook-book which is very much like the one you have photographed.

It took a year or so to remember what the title was as my mum and I couldn't remember.

I will buy it once its not too expensive. Such a lovely memory.

Kitschen Pink said...

OH! I had and still have the knickerbocker glory book but sadly did not least enjoy my first attempt so it nearly put me off! My preferred book, which I still use with my son, was Margaret Powell's 'Sweet making for Children'. Superb! Lovely post! t.x

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