Week 91: Being together for three years

This week has been very relaxing and felt nice and slow. My supervisor has often told me that I should take some time off from work after the conference. So, without feeling guilty about taking a break from work, I have been spending time reading some non-academic books and recipes, cooking meals and baking.

But I need to finish revising my chapter by next weekend. I worked a little bit on outlining the revised version of my chapters, putting some ideas together and a piece of coursework for the teaching programme.

I hadn’t used the ‘Outline’ function of Word before but found it very useful! I now like using the function for planning and structuring any drafts: articles, presentations and seminars.

 

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Tuesday dinner: tomato pilaf and omelette

 

3rd anniversary

On the 27th, Luca and I celebrated being together for three years at our favourite restaurant. We enjoyed a bottle of champagne over dinner and also complimentary glasses of champagne and chocolates. For the past year, we both have been very busy, had little time to do things together and travelled together less. We hope to travel more in the future; he seems to be planning a trip for my birthday next month!

 

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Dinner at the oldest hotel in the UK, the Maids Head Hotel

 

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Bread making

Today I made bread rolls with two different kinds of filling: corn and tuna mayo, and shrimp au gratin. As an experiment in dough making, I added 50g spelt-flour for 300g strong flour and substituted olive oil for butter and maple syrup for sugar. It turned out that the dough was too light (and crispy), and that I much prefer a regular bread recipe containing dairy products. The filling was good. It’s really nice actually to do this experimental baking for fun and identify favourite combinations!

 

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Bread rolls filled with corn & tuna mayo, and with shrimp au gratin.

 

My achievements in week 91

  • Submitted a piece of coursework for the teaching programme.
  • Celebrated being together for three years!
  • Joined an authors’ group to learn more about writing skills.

Goals for week 92

  • Finish writing the draft of the third revision of Chapter 2.

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