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

Thursday, 17 March 2011

For the last few weeks my life has been taken over by Milkshakes - one of life's greatest pleasures. What a hardship it has been (not!) It is the topic of my next book (The Milkshake bar) and I don't need to tell you how excited I am to be working on this project. Lots of lovely thick shakes, thin shakes, fruit cocktail juices and ice cream floats! Last weekend I made 32 drinks - by Sunday evening we were all feeling just a little sick! The problem with a good milkshake is that you think you will just take one sip to taste but somehow one sip becomes three and before you know it the glass is empty! I dread to think how much ice cream and milk we consumed. Luckily I had some helpful milkshake tasters on hand - Sacha (pictured here with a mango lassi - it is his recipe and he was very proud!) tasted every single one (that is true dedication to your wife!) and our other neighbours tried lots too - including baby Josef who was keen to try the watermelon cooler! I have one milkshake left to test - a doughnut milkshake - and the recipes to write up and then the book is finished - out new spring published by lovely Ryland Peters and Small, hurrah!


Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Hannah

The watermelon cooler sounds good to me!

Have you thought about doing a cookbook for people watching their diet?

Tracy :)

Figs, Bay, Wine said...

How incredible that you're publishing so much! I don't think I've heard anything like it. Milkshakes are a fantastic idea for a cookbook! Congratulations again Hannah! You deserve it all and more.

Jet_fusion said...

This sounds like it's going to be great fun for you and the people who buy your book! I worked in a milkshake bar for a while and know exactly what you mean about one sip turning into the whole thing!

Looking forward to hearing more about but in the mean time i think i might have to get your whoopie pie book to help introduce me to the world of whoopies!

Jasmine said...

This looks absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

girls who like to gorge said...

Sounds like a fun week to me!! xxxxx