Poor neglected blog and poor neglected blog readers - I am truly sorry for disappearing for such a while. I wish I could say it was because I have been busy doing nice things but the sad truth is that work has been very very grotty and I have had struggled to think of anthing nice to write about. I have however just had weekend with Maren who was visiting and we held a tea party for her birthday with 35 people and a vast amount of cake! Lovely Steven Wallis from Masterchef came and leant a hand expertly making cucumber and tomato sandwiches and a nice time was had by all. I failed to take any photos but Steven is sending some through so I will post them as soon as I have them. Needless to say I don't think the party could have been any more "English Country Garden" if we had tried - lots of bunting, flowers and rose petal punch. I think Maren had a nice party and it was so good to be able to do something special to celebrate her birthday having missed her actual birthday party for the whoopie pie shoot. In the meantime I thought I would share with you one of the presents I made for Maren - a little wren picture. I have to say I quite liked it for myself so perhaps I will have to stitch it again one day soon!
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