A: Do you know how we spent the afternoon?
A: All of us chatted away in the kitchen while Ben’s mother showed me how to cook his favorite food.
B: Great. Sounds like you had a fun time there, didn’t you?
The answer key says that we have to use past simple tense “chatted away and showed”. However why don’t we use past continuous? Is it possible to use other tenses?
For example: All of us were chatting away in the kitchen while Ben’s mother was showing me how to cook his favorite food.