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, 30 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
There has been a bit of excitement in my office today. A parcel just arrived from Paris for me. I hadn't ordered anything from Paris! Well you can imagine how loud I squealed with delight when I opened the box and saw the nice letter from the people at Pierre Herme saying that my friend Maren had sent me a gift. Macarons!!! For those of you who may not have heard of Mr Herme - he is the No 1 patissier in Paris and an utter hero of mine. Such a lovely present and they were 100% perfect - not one crumb out of place even thought they had travelled such a long way. They must have flown or taken the Eurostar!!!! They even had their own ice pack to keep them perfectly chilled and came in a super cool box! We have just eaten one and my word - it was delicious! The others will be eaten sparingly over the next few days. What a lovely start to the day and thank you Maren for your very kind present xxx
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
On Sunday, Sarah from Ryland Peters and Small came to visit to make a short film of me making popcorn for the RPS website. As you can imagine, trying to film popcorn popping without a lid on was a bit of a challenge! We made toasted coconut popcorn with lovely multicolour kernels from Zaramama (the last bag left over from the photoshoot - which means that we have made a vast amount of popcorn given the size of the box of corn we were kindly given by Zaramama - thanks again Amelia). So soon you will be able to see a little clip of me making popcorn on my Aga - I will post the link when it is available!
|Sarah with our coconut popcorn!|
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
My bargain acquisition in the sale this year was this basket full of little bottle vases that hold just one flower each. With a few pretty narcissus and anemones it looks truly lovely on my kitchen window sill and at £10 it was definitely a wise buy. I think it will make a lovely centre piece for an afternoon tea party in the garden when the weather is warmer.