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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, 21 September 2010

I need some assistance from any readers with bird knowledge! There was a chirping outside my window which sounded like a baby chick. I looked out of the window expecting to see something quite small (although it is not the time of year for chicks of course) and this is what I spied. I imagine that perhaps this is a pheasant chick? Can anyone tell me if I am right? Either way it was very cute and spent a long time pottering in the grass and stones outside our back door. Recipe testing is going well and I have now completed 18 recipes which have all been given the thumbs up by Lucy (and David, Sacha, Jess, Josh and Rosie - but as Lucy is the only one with wheat intolerance she gets the final say)! Yesterdays treats were some walnut brownies made with very finely ground walnut instead of flour (I liked these a lot) and a lovely summery loaf of bread with herbs and tomatos. Only 70 more recipes to go......

6 comments:

thebutcherthebaker said...

Yes, it's most likely to be a juvenile pheasant. Female pheasants look very similar, but with the females have longer tails.

We have lots of them at the moment.

bellini valli said...

We had pheasnats in the grove begind our home so my untrained eye says it looks like a pheasant.

H said...

I'd say pheasant too, we haven't had that many this year though.

Scarlett said...

Ground walnuts sound like a great idea! Yes-think thats a baby pheasant-lots here too!

Rita said...

Could be a grey peacock pheasant.

Anonymous said...

Yes Hannah it is a female pheasant poult. Unfortunately they will all be persued and shot at soon as the season begins on Oct 1.