Sunday, 7 July 2013

Hot in hair

Phew. Summer really has arrived here in the South of England. I love how it makes everyone so happy, me included. This is the last day of my week off before going back to work. I'm making the most of it by doing not a lot and communing with you lovely fellows.

It's been a great weekend - I got a haircut yesterday and showed it off to the girls lastnight when they came round for drinks before we headed out dancing until 2am. I don't do that much anymore, but I always love it when I do. I decided it's good for the soul - office, chores, worries? Pah! Just give me a sweaty dancefloor and Queens of the Stone Age.

Let me finish what I started yesterday and show you the week's events leading up to my date with the dancefloor.

Thursday morning had me grinning from ear to ear, and not just because of this breakfast at Smith and Western...

We went on a steam train ride! Nothing can explain the simple joy of hearing the 'choo choo'.

And seeing little vases of flowers on a train...

AND getting our drinks in real china cups. We just loved it, not leas because all the people working on the line are volunteers and so enthusiastic.

My new juice sensation firmly entrenched, we headed into town after and I got a Cherry Bomb - cherry, orange and something else, I forget what. It was good, but no Beetless.

After some mooching around the shops, I'd finally burned off breakfast and was ready for lunch. We went to a little local Spanish place called Soprano, which was doing two courses for £8.95.
I had Spanish hams and salamis to start.

Followed by marinated lamb skewers and a simple salad. It was all really tasty and fresh and great value. Will definitely go again. I love discovering a good local place.

After we popped right next door to Juliet's for tea. I had Chai, which was a nice change. I realised I don't necessarily need it in soy latte form to enjoy it. I resisted the cakes. Andy had a banana one which he said was just okay.

I had an epic snooze later on - one and a half hours! Andy had to wake me up! That's what lazy holiday days are all about. Of course, snoozing always makes me hungry, so I was soon in the mood for a Smith and Western dinner. We shared chicken wings smothered in Southern Comfort marinade to start. Finger lickin' amazin'.

Then I had Cajun grilled chicken with a jacket potato. It was okay - chicken is chicken!

I'd been feeling a little under the weather all day with a sore throat, so I got an ice lolly to soothe it.

And a Ginger Bread Nakd bar just 'cos.

Friday I woke up feeling sniffly and a little sorry for myself. I added some fruit to my cooked breakfast - pineapple and bacon, yes please!

We headed back home not long after. I was glad to be back, especially as I felt a bit rough. This super Albacore tuna salad was packed with veggies to get me going. I love eating out, but when you've been doing it a few days in a row, you just crave a homemade meal.

I'd arranged to meet a friend for Champagne at the Castle in the evning, and despite feeling a little out of sorts, I still wanted to go. We had a lovely couple of hours enjoying the sunshine, chat and pink Prosecco.

But I was totally spent by 8pm and ready for home. The Boy came and got us and we swung by Waitrose on the way home to pick up some Goan Fish Curry, which I served with spinach and sweet potato. I also snacked on some sweet/salt popcorn Andy had.

Saturday breakfast was a bit later than usual because I needed to roast the veggies, but the smoked salmon frittata was worth the wait, as always.

I went for a nice long walk and felt a bit sniffly, but okay. I'd been worried I'd have to cancel girl's night, but knew I could battle on! After getting back and doing some weeding (who am I?!). I made a repeat of Friday's lunch and did a bit of blogging, then headed in to town to get my hair did and buy some chocolate... Oops, that second bit wasn't in the plan but I needed change to tip the hairdresser...
With a long night ahead, I needed a balanced and filling dinner to see me through. I don't ever grill chicken for some strange reason, but I've realised I need to! I bashed a fillet flat, added olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice and grilled it for about 15 minutes, turning halfway through. I also made a little 'slaw' to go with it - grated carrot, finely chopped red cabbage and grated apple with some olive oil and lemon juice. Add some sweet potato chips and I was good to go. This was such a nice summer supper - fresh and zingy and light. This will be on repeat.

Then it was time to prepare for the evening ahead...

You can guess how that ended! A great night had by all.
I'm off to make some lunch now and enjoy the rest of the weekend while it lasts. Make sure you do, too.


  1. oh my gosh, your haircut is adorable!!!!!

    1. Thank you! I'm really pleased with it. Short is so much more fun... and easy!