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Back to Britain

I've been back in the UK for about 3 days now, and, while I'm missing Paris an awful lot, I'm also enjoying being back with my family, and trying to organise the Durham-based next year. There are some flipping amazing adventures to be had in that tiny city.

Today I discovered an incredible ice cream parlour in Northumberland. Wheelbirks is a dairy farm in the middle of the best countryside in, well, the country. They have the oldest, and the only pedigree Jersey herd in Northumberland, and those are some gorgeous cows. The parlour is in a converted barn, and it is stunning. All ice cream is made at the farm, from milk from the Jersey cows.

Adorable table names.

The menu is great – the ploughman's lunch is served with an impressive wodge of cheese, but I couldn't resist the ice cream. Flavours included apple & caramel, maple & pecan praline, peach & raspberry, wild cherry, and a delicious jersey cream. I had maple & pecan and jersey cream, and it was the biggest ice cream I've ever eaten. Incredible.

Boy had wild cherry with peach & raspberry.

Out of the back of the café is an orchard with a wee play area, lots of space for sitting in the sunshine, and some very happy looking chickens. There's also space to visit and coo over the calves from a small distance. A little shop in the parlour stocks local treats. My favourites were the woven baskets, and I couldn't resist some unperfumed honey and beeswax lip balm, made in Berwick-upon-Tweed, which is not very far away at all. Milk from the herd and pints of the delicious ice cream are also available to purchase and enjoy at home.

I love my satchel, and this Union Jack printed chesterfield.

I also love the pictures on the wall, from the early days of the farm (one is from 1936!)
My Father's cycle club were here today as their rest stop mid-ride. I've never seen so many bikes. It was a thing of beauty.

I am fairly certain that Wheelbirks is going to become my new go-to place for all of my ice cream cravings.

Just beautiful.

 

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Is this the best burger in Newcastle? Part two: The Fat Hippo

The second, maybe superior, burger in Newcastle was found at the Fat Hippo. Good name. The burger menu here was more extensive than ARLO, but the menu was almost entirely burgers. We had jalapeño poppers and something else (mustn’t have been as good) with bloody mary dipping sauce, and then “Stinky Pete” burgers. The waiter warned us they would come pink in the middle, which is as they should be, but it was odd that it was more of a notification than anything else.

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There were also onion rings (because, um, onion rings!), and more chunky home fries made with the skin on (thank you, potato deities).

I had a Blue Moon and boy had a Jeremiah Weed sour mash, which was so good that I had to order one for myself.

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Jeremiah Weed glasses make me want to drink out of a straw on my (nonexistent) porch. Good stuff.

And now, for the token cute animal picture…

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Roger! My sister’s no-longer-a-kitten. He’s a good’un.

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Is this the best burger in Newcastle? Part one: ARLO

I think it probably is. As far as I can tell, the Newcastle food scene isn’t exactly brilliant. There were 2 pretty good burgers to be eaten there, though. And we ate them in very quick succession (2 nights in a row. It felt good.) The first was in a cute tiny place I found by googling “food+jesmond” since I figured Jesmond was the place for a food revolution, if one was happening. We walked in the rain for about half an hour to find it. It was well worth the walk and the hunger – I thought boy was going to pass out.

ARLO is well designed, and was packed out when we arrived, at about 12:30. The barista station had a huge pile of amazing tempting cakey goodies piled up on top of it, which I succumbed to once the burger had been eaten. Nobody asked how the burgers were to be cooked, so they weren’t as pink in the middle as I would have liked, but they came quickly, and with a pile of amazing home fries, skin on, as they should be.

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Couldn’t resist taking a bite before I remembered to take a picture…

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There was also a board of hummus, crudites, tzatziki, and pittas. I’m not sure how I feel about the serving-on-chopping-boards thing. Yes, it’s very photogenic, but it’s also getting a little old, don’tcha think?

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Fries and chutney. Yes.

Since we were in Newcastle, here is a token photo of my beautiful bunboy.

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He gets more handsome every single day.

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And so, into the Real World

The real world is so scary it merits capitals. Even though they’re grammatically incorrect.

I’m in the middle of sorting everything Paris-related out. It’s the exciting kind of scary.

Unfortunately I feel far too swamped with all things fringe-y to really enjoy Edinburgh, but I do have a couple of days off to have some fun with over the next 2 weeks. 2 weeks!

Excellent.

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Halfway there and pancakes!

I am in the middle of some pretty tough exams right now. Eek.

The good news is, I’m going to be (finally) done in a week and a half. 2 more exams. 6 (and a bit) more hours.

This morning, to prepare for a long hard day of synthetic organic chemistry, I made my first ever blueberry pancakes.

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Easter lamb

Yep, Easter was over a week ago, but lamb is just coming into season, and it’s about to get super tasty.

While I was at home for Easter, my Granny gave me a beautiful old book called The World’s Best Recipes. Beautiful. It was published in 1955, and has a perfect old book smell.

From this book, Granny recommended an Easter recipe for a leg of lamb. It’s called Abbacchio al Forno, and I’d like to share it with you.

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On beauty

This week, I really love Edinburgh.

Maybe it’s because it (finally) feels like it’s maybe not such a struggle to get out of bed and ready for class in the morning.

Maybe it’s because Spring has certainly sprung, and oh gosh, Edinburgh looks amazing.

Maybe I’m just having a good couple of weeks. If so, I intend to enjoy it for as long as it lasts.

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