Playing Tourist

Living in Cumbria, it’s a tourist hotspot. As an off comer, yes I’m still that even after living here for 28 years. I love exploring what is on my doorstep.


I feel as if I’ve neglected my blog for a while, mainly posting recipes. Back in May 2018, I left my job after 28 years and along with my family we set up Penningtons tea and coffee.

Harissa Lamb stew

Lamb is my favourite meat sorry veggie readers. The warming harissa gives a lovely heat to the dish. Ingredients 3 tbsp oil 4 neck fillet pieces of lamb 1 large onion finely chopped 2 aubergines cut into chunks 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp coriander seeds 2 tbsp harissa paste 1 lemon pared into strips … More Harissa Lamb stew

Chicken biryani

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you will know I’m a huge fan of the one pot. This one is quick to make and packed full of flavour. Ingredients 1 tsp oil I large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 5cm piece of ginger, peeled and grated 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely … More Chicken biryani

Chorizo lasagne

Super speedy delicious dinner. Serve with a rocket salad and of course garlic bread! Ingredients 2 tsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 rosemary sprig 6 chorizo-style sausages 3 large roasted red peppers, from a jar 1 tsp fennel seeds ½ tsp dried chilli flakes 500ml passata 1 tsp sugar 250g … More Chorizo lasagne

Spaghetti with fennel, anchovies, currants, pine nuts and capers

A delicious pasta dish ready in around 30 minutes. Salty, sweet and simple. Ingredients 1 fennel bulb 200g spaghetti 50 ml Olive oil 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced 100g anchovies, roughly chopped ½ tsp dried chilli flakes 70g currants, soaked in boiling water for 5 mins and drained 2½ tbsp capers, rinsed 1 … More Spaghetti with fennel, anchovies, currants, pine nuts and capers

Sausages with mustardy lentils, roasted beetroot and feta

This is such a simple tasty recipe, the oven does most of the work. Perfect dinner for a busy person. Ingredients 500g bunch of fresh beetroot 2 small red onions, cut into wedges 1 tsp caraway seeds 6 sausages (I used Cumberland) 2 tbsp Olive oil 1 x 250g ready cooked puy lentils 100g feta … More Sausages with mustardy lentils, roasted beetroot and feta