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7 Ways To Entertain Yourself This Week

What to watch, play, read, cook, and more.

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1. Watch The Fall.


I'm a little late to the party on this one, so maybe you've all beat me to it, but if you haven't watched this show yet, STOP. DROP. AND BINGE. The Fall is a twist on your regular procedural show – it splits its time between following serial killer Paul Spector (dw I'm not spoiling it, you know from the very outset), and Senior Investigating Officer Stella Gibson as they play a fascinating cat and mouse game.

Gibson, played by Gillian Anderson, is totally captivating and she'll be damned if she has time for patriarchal bullshit – I have honestly lost count of the times I've paused and rewound to hear her no-holds-barred feminist commentary on being a woman in a male-dominated field and you know... general world.

Jamie Dornan is also watchable AF as Paul Spector.

I watched it for 10.5 hours last Sunday, true story.

Watch it on Amazon.

If that's not for you, check out Katherine Ryan's recent comedy special on Netflix for some proper LOLs.


2. Read Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be by Gemma Cairney

Pan Macmillan

This lovely new book from Gemma Cairney is a must read for anyone trying to get their life together and cut themselves a break at the same time. Gemma's book provides bits of wisdom on everything from breakups to work troubles to body image, and keeps a really encouraging and creative approach throughout.

Get it here.

For something shorter, read this lovely essay by YA author Alwyn Hamilton about how nerding out online helped her gain confidence as a reader, writer, and friend.

3. Listen to Lincoln in the Bardo.


This stunning book from George Saunders surrounding the death of Abraham Lincoln's young son is just as dazzling through headphones as it is on the page, thanks in large part to the star-studded cast, which includes the author himself, Nick Offerman, Miranda July, David Sedaris, and Lena Dunham.

Listen on Audible.

Or queue up this playlist to get you through the rest of March.

4. Download Fun Run 2.


This free and completely addicting running game lets you race against friends and other players online, and the characters are cute as a button.

Get it for iOS and Android.

For offline play, I'm a big fan of Tetris Blitz.

5. Cook this sweet twist on Welsh rarebit.

This recipe, created by Bake Off contestant Tom Gilliford, is a seriously unique and delicious reinvention of Welsh rarebit using mascarpone and brioche for a cheese-lover's dream dessert. I got to try it myself in a preview of upcoming Cheese and Wine festival at London's East Village, and what can I say but "Please sir, I want some more."

Here's how to make it yourself:


1 Brioche loaf

2 Free range egg yolks

20g Caster sugar

16g Cornflour

200ml whole milk

1 1/12 Vanilla pods

1 Bottle dessert wine (such as Umathum)

2 Lemons

200g Mascarpone cream

200g Full fat cream cheese

100g White chocolate


* Whisk together the egg yolks and caster sugar until pale in colour

* Whisk the cornflour into the eggs and sugar

* Split the vanilla pods and add both pod and seeds to the milk

* In a sauce pan heat the milk until steaming

* Remove the vanilla pods and then pour the milk into the eggs and sugar whisking vigorously as you do until fully combined

* Add the mixture back to the saucepan and stir constantly, heating until the mixture is thick

* Add the mixture into large mixing bowl and continue to stir until the mixture is room temperature

* Add the finely grated zest of 2 lemons to the mixture

* Add the Mascarpone cream to the mixture

* Add the full fat cream cheese to the mixture

* Whisk the mixture until everything is fully combined and then chill for 10 minutes or until needed.

* Cut upto 8, 1 inch slices of brioche and toast on one side

* Pour around 1 glass of dessert wine into a deep oven tray and soak the untoasted side of the brioche in it for around 5 seconds

* Place the brioche wine side up on a different baking tray

* Spoon around 3 dessert spoons of cheesecake mix onto the brioche evenly

* Grill on a high-heat for around 5 mins or until the surface of the cheesecake mixture is bubbling and scorched

* Once removed for the grill, grate some white chocolate over the top to look like grated cheese

* Serve with a chilled glass of dessert wine and a selection of fruit jams.

Recipe courtesy of Tom Gilliford and East Village.

6. Try a new life-changing beauty product.

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BuzzFeed readers have recommended the skin and beauty products they can't live without, and you're bound to find a new obsession of your own on this list.

Or try some simple as fuck life improvement with these one-minute hacks.

7. Follow @CuteEmergency on Twitter

Cute. Animals. Brightening. Up. Your. Feed. The End.

Or add some flair to your scrolling with these stunningly talented Instagram artists.

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