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Life stories

I was incredibly honoured to be asked by Radio Cumbria to feature on the segment “life stories”. My first reaction was really? Would people find my life story that interesting?

Kevin Fernihough is so lovely and made me feel instantly relaxed when we did my interview. I had spoken with him a few times in the past when I was asked to go on the Biz quiz (reigning champ with 3 consecutive wins). I had spoken to a researcher to give a brief synopsis of my life and Kevin took it from there. Continue reading Life stories

What’s your mountain food? 

Being out on the fells is the perfect exercise to be calorie neutral. When you’ve slogged up a mountain you deserve a yummy treat. 

For me my mountain staple food is a Melton Mowbray pork pie. I don’t eat pork pies as a rule but they seem to satisfy me when on top of a mountain. Plus I don’t feel guilty for eating them as I’ve burnt the calories. 

Of course the other staple on a walk are my famous chocolate brownies. We have had them with hot custard on the top of High Street in the Far Eastern fells. 17 of us all with bowls scoffing brownies and hot custard, attracting jealous and bewildering looks from passer bys. 

What’s your favourite food/ treat on a walk? 

Slow roasted lamb with orzo

I’m a massive fan of the one pot, a bit of chopping followed by the oven doing the work. Perfect comfort food and leftovers freeze really well, though sometimes need a bit of water adding when reheating. 


1 kg of diced lamb 

2 onions finely sliced 

4 garlic cloves crushed 

1 tbsp chopped oregano or 1 tsp dried

Good pinch of chilli flakes 

1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 cinnamon stick, broken in half

2 tbsp olive oil

400g can chopped tomato

1.2l hot chicken or vegetable stock

400g orzo 

freshly grated Parmesan,to serve


Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Spread the lamb, wide casserole dish. Add the onions, oregano, chilli, cinnamon sticks, garlic, ground cinnamon and olive oil, then stir well. Bake, uncovered, for 45 mins, stirring halfway.

Pour over the chopped tomatoes and stock, cover tightly, then return to the oven for 1½ hrs, until the lamb is very tender.

Remove the cinnamon sticks, then stir in the orzo. Cover again, then cook for a further 20 mins, stirring halfway through. The orzo should be cooked and the sauce thickened. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and serve with crusty bread.

A tick off my fabulist – visit Amsterdam 

Going to Amsterdam has been on my to do list for quite some time. It is great it is such a short flying time and the transport system in Amsterdam makes it so easy to explore the city.An incredibly early start mean we were at the hotel by 11am, no time for duty free in the airport but I did spot a MAC shop and treat myself to a new lipstick. You can never have too many red lipsticks.  Continue reading A tick off my fabulist – visit Amsterdam