12 Days after Christmas is my least favourite time of the year as it is always so sad to take down the Christmas decorations. Why does the house always look so bare when all the decorations are down even though they have only been up for a few weeks? This year I decorated the outside of my cottage with giant candy canes. Sadly they were made of plastic but this didn't stop most of the children in the village licking them to see if they were real. Perhaps next year I will have to see about dipping them in some peppermint sugar coating to make my display more special. Peapod my cat was of no use with the undecorating - no sooner had I taken the baubles off the tree and put them in the box to pack them away, she was flicking them out again with her paw and chasing them round the floor. This game went on for quiet a while until she gave up fighting a loosing battle and decided to sleep on the sofa instead!!!
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