Category Archives: Cookery

In the Footsteps of Offa

CALL me a romantic, but occasionally I have been known to throw a load of camping gear in the back of the car and head off – on the spur of the moment – towards unknown mountains, with neither care … Continue reading

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Slieve Muck, Moal Chobha’s Fort, Veering, Visibility Good

McEff is again let loose in the Mourne mountains . . . Continue reading

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London 5: Butchers, Saints and Sinners

BLOWN on a thin wind around a corner from the Barbican tube station past a private park surrounded by private railings to a place where knights once jousted on a meadow called the Smooth Field – which was situated just … Continue reading

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In Praise of Scotch Pies and Carn á Chlamain

A man needs sustenance in the mountains. There is nothing finer than a Scotch pie . . . Continue reading

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Madeira: So Let Me Get Right to the Point . . .

A clifftop path through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world . . . Continue reading

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The Quest for Breakfast Above Loch Lochy

ON the crest of a wet and desolate Cam Bealach, as rain streams in from the north, a desperate man wanders through the mire . . . Continue reading

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Mount Keen, The Mounth, and a Pan of Polish Borscht

Mountain climbed, you need good food to finish the day . . . Continue reading

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Martindale Fells and the Three-Legged Pig of Prague

YOU think you know your parents. You presume that, after a lifetime of familiarity and togetherness, their lives, their characters and their pasts are so utterly immovable and unchangeable that they might as well be cast in stone. Then one … Continue reading

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Soupless in Seattle (well, Mardale actually)

Eric Pickles and an empty billy can spoil an otherwise flawless day on the fells above Haweswater . . . Continue reading

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A Mountain Ritual – Czech Cabbage Soup

A POOL of blue light, a hiss of flames, and the warming steam from hot tea as night closes in and swallows the mountains. Ah, this is the best part of the day. A wintry breeze blows cracked leaves through … Continue reading

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A Nice Piece of Tongue (The Far North – Part 2)

BEN Klibreck disappears from the rear-view mirror and sinks below the horizon. But the great, isolated pyramid of rock, upon which I stood only a few hours earlier and gazed out upon unknown mountains, looms tall and fresh in the … Continue reading

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Lip Service to Ben Klibreck (The Far North – Part 1)

GOD, the fat lip. The throbbing, grotesquely swollen lip. The price is being paid. One moment of carelessness under a dark Scottish sky while rummaging in the back of the car for a can of beer. And how many times … Continue reading

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