On Wednesday evening I picked R up from work and drove to Whitstable to have fish and chips for dinner on the beach. It has been a really lovely sunny week so far (apart from that one evening when we had thunderstorms which was awesome) so we wanted to take full advantage while the sun was still around.Going to Whitstable for fish and chips was the one plan we had made before I took annual leave but we left the day up to chance depending on what the weather did. On our arrival in Whitstable we found a very friendly cat who gave the tiniest meows and clearly wanted to get in on our plan of fish for dinner as he followed us for a little while down the high street before getting distracted by something else. Before dinner we took a walk along the seafront and decided it was maybe a little chilly for sitting on the beach so we headed to a place on the harbour to have our fish and chips. It was lovely to spend some time together chatting without the pressure of other things to do like loading the dishwasher or PhD writing. Afterwards we took another walk along the beach and then ventured around some of the smaller alleys and streets to get back to the car.
It's been lovely to have this week as annual leave and use it to catch up on some much needed rest. I've spent time trying new knitting projects (I made R a striped bobble hat ready for winter), visiting new coffee places with my book and cooking. On Monday I spent the afternoon making pizza dough for a Game of Thrones pizza party at Ed's and it ended up being the best dough I've ever made. It turned out lovely and thin and just the right balance of crispy, soft and chewy. When I've made pizza before it's been tasty, but has tended to have been on the thicker doughier side! I'm pretty sure that thin crust pizza is now going to make it into our monthly food rotation a little more often than before.
I also found a place in Canterbury that does white chocolate mochas which I'm hoping to try at the weekend because it sounds pretty tasty. R has a big presentation today and had to work until gone 11pm preparing for it on Thursday night, so I promised him I would make curry to make up for it. I'm planning on making spicy prawns, curried aubergine, naan bread and some other dish which I haven't quite decided on yet. It takes pretty much all day trying to juggle the different dishes, but I'm looking forward to spending the day pottering around the house while it fills with the smell of yummy food!