Last night was harvest supper in my village - roast beef and yorkshire puddings (so delicious) and apple pies. Luckily my Mum was super kind and made my apple pies for me as I am in the midst of 3 books at the moment (eeekkk) - I am just finishing editing my Cheesecake book, next week is the photo shoot of my Aga book at my cottage (I am so excited about this although a little scared!!!) and Ryland Peters and Small have very kindly just asked me to write a sequal to the Gluten Free Baker with lots of lovely savoury baking recipes - yippee! A sequal - I am THRILLED!!! Anyway, back to last night - this was the ENORMOUS harvest basket I won in the auction - £9 for all these vegetables. Actually the only reason I wanted this particular basket was for the bundles of corn which were nestled in it. I thought they might come in handy for the photoshoot next week!!! But the apples, onions, rosehips and potatoes were an added bonus. Not sure about the 4 marrows that were in the basket though - I hate marrow!!!!
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