Crinkle Crags and beyond

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As part of my New Years resolution was to get out on the hills and this week we decided to tackle Crinkle Crags.
It has been a long time since I had been up this mighty set of crags and they didn’t disappoint.
I had bought a new down jacket and was its first outing in the hills. It was perfect weather, blue skies, sun and a few wispy clouds. There was still quite a lot of ice under foot, which I found later when took a tumble and still have the remnants of bruised knees!!
It was very strenuous in places and took about 5 hours to complete the 8 mile walk.
After any good walk it’s only fair to reward yourself with a well earnt pint, so headed to the Britannia Inn for a pint of Coniston Breweries finest.

This weeks NEW recipe – Chorizo, new potato & Haddock one pot

Serves 2

50g Chorizo peeled and thinly sliced

450g new potatoes par boiled and sliced

4 tbsp Sherry

2 Skinless thick fillets of Haddock

Handful of Cherry tomatoes

20g bunch of parsley

Crusty bread to serve

Heat a large frying lidded pan, then add a splash of olive oil, tip the chorizo in and fry for 2 mins.  Add the potatoes, seasoning and the sherry.  Add the lid and let it cook for 10 mins.

Season the fish, add the tomatoes and parsley to the pan and place the fish on top, put the lid on again, then cook for 5 mins until the fish has turned white and flaky when prodded!

Scatter the dish with some more parsley and a drizzle of olive oil.

Serve with Crusty Bread.

This weeks NEW recipe – Chorizo, new potato & Haddock one pot

Serves 2

50g Chorizo peeled and thinly sliced

450g new potatoes par boiled and sliced

4 tbsp Sherry

2 Skinless thick fillets of Haddock

Handful of Cherry tomatoes

20g bunch of parsley

Crusty bread to serve

Heat a large frying lidded pan, then add a splash of olive oil, tip the chorizo in and fry for 2 mins.  Add the potatoes, seasoning and the sherry.  Add the lid and let it cook for 10 mins.

Season the fish, add the tomatoes and parsley to the pan and place the fish on top, put the lid on again, then cook for 5 mins until the fish has turned white and flaky when prodded!

Scatter the dish with some more parsley and a drizzle of olive oil.

Serve with Crusty Bread.

Sausages baked with Puy Lentils

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Served 4-6

12 sausages

2 red peppers, de seeded and cut into chunky slices

2 red onions, cut into wedges

1 litre of hot beef stock

1 tbsp of Dijon mustard

1 tsp of wholegrain mustard

2 tbsp Tomato puree

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 x tin of puy lentils

2 sprigs of Rosemary

2 bay leaves

Pre heat oven to 180, Put sausages into a medium sized roasting tin and bake for 20 mins until lightly browned.  Add onions and peppers and place back into oven and bake for a further 10 min.

In a jug, mix the rest of the ingredients, then pour over the sausages.  Put back into oven and bake for 30 mins, stirring halfway through.

Serve with crusty bread.

Sausages baked with Puy Lentils

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Served 4-6

12 sausages

2 red peppers, de seeded and cut into chunky slices

2 red onions, cut into wedges

1 litre of hot beef stock

1 tbsp of Dijon mustard

1 tsp of wholegrain mustard

2 tbsp Tomato puree

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 x tin of puy lentils

2 sprigs of Rosemary

2 bay leaves

Pre heat oven to 180, Put sausages into a medium sized roasting tin and bake for 20 mins until lightly browned.  Add onions and peppers and place back into oven and bake for a further 10 min.

In a jug, mix the rest of the ingredients, then pour over the sausages.  Put back into oven and bake for 30 mins, stirring halfway through.

Serve with crusty bread.

Travelling Coffee Girl Valentines Day

Well today my travels took me to the lovely Langdales, the view when you get to the cattle grid and have that amazing view of the Langdale Pikes gets me everytime.

Saw lots of my lovely customers, had great sing along in the car. Todays tunes were The Killers, Jessie J and Kelly Clarkson.  Think my air drumming scared some people as I’m sure to passing drivers it looked as if I was just shaking my fists at them.

Called into the Miller Howe Hotel on the way back, another gorgeous view of Lake Windermere.

I am very lucky in my job to visit some lovely places and it changes everyday.  It does annoy me when Crag Rats look at you as if you’re a freak as in heels and a dress.  Do people not realise that the folk of the Lake District have to work too.

Came back to the office and their was a Shortbread heart on my desk, I wonder who it was from??  Secret admirer?

Tarn Hows Monday 13th Feb

It’s great having a Monday off, lie in. Met up with friends Ben, Tracey and their daughter Millie.  Not done the walk round Tarn Hows for a long time and had forgotten how lovely it was.  The ice and snow had melted slightly making it a bit easier to walk on.  In parts it looked like a scene from Narnia.  After a energetic walk round it was time for lunch at The Drunken Duck.  The Duck is one of my favourite places in the Lakes.  The food was gorgeous, I had Drunken Duck leg with ale and cherries and Manchester Tart to follow and of course Farrers coffee to finish!  I love that they serve a Duck shaped shortbread with the coffee, nice touch.

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London Baby

So no weekend would not be complete without los of eating!!  It was lovely seeing Jake and seeing how well he is doing at Uni.  On Friday night we ventured into St Albans, first stop The Snug for cocktails.  Mojitos were in order.  Next stop was Zizzis for dinner.  Even being full of food and alcohol it was bloody freezing, it got down to -7 brrrr.

Next day, Jake was at work so we set off to Muswell Hill to see family.  It’s so nice spending time with them.  Then it was back to collect Jake to go into London town for the night.  I do love London but it is just so busy.  More cocktails and my first experience at a Nando’s!  Went for medium and I like things spicy but oh my that was spicy.

On Sunday, wanted to go somewhere nice for lunch and decided on Smiths of Smithfields (John Torode’s Restaurant).  It was delicious, the only downside was they forgot about our main course and were sat for an hour after our starter had been cleared away.  It didn’t really matter as we were drinking chilled white wine and chatting.  The Roast beef was well worth the wait.  We got our pudding and coffee on the house.

A quick walk down to St Pauls and down to the Tate and it was back to drop Jake off, get the tissues out and head back to the North.

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Travelling Coffee Girl

Well this week, I was not so much the travelling coffee girl due to the terrible weather!!  A few well deserved office days.  

Monday was one of those days that the doctor prescribed a stop off at Alexanders the Pub for some beer medicine.  Our medicine of choice was Barngates Finest Cracker and Westmorand Gold.  Both are cracking beers.  It was tempting to stay in the pub but had a new recipe to try out.  Slow cooked sausages with Puy lentils.  Recipe to follow.  

I managed to escape the office on Wednesday to go to Ulverston and Newby Bridge, the lake was looking lovely as ever.

It was a four day week this week as having long weekend to go to London to visit youngest a Uni.  Just for the record I love four day weeks!!

Fun in the Snow Sunday 5th Feb

Cumbria was hit with Snow!!  We were suppose to be away at some friends but the snow was so bad decided it wasn’t worth the risk so took a snow check!  On the Saturday night had no food in…I know not very domestic goddess of me!  No takeaways were delivering so we had to resort to the food of kings and had Cheese on toast.  There is somthing so comforting about cheese on toast.  Thick toasted white bread and mature cheddar = heaven 🙂

 

Sunday came and the snow as still here, the decision was…do we take the car. Bearing in mind our new car was only a week old, or don our wellies and walk into town.  Ernie and Rachel who were coming to supper are not opposed to Cheese on toast but thought we would walk into town to Booths Emporium for supplies.

The roast rib of beef was amazing as was pudding. Recpe for pudding is available on here.