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Month: April 2015

Melancholy and the infinite badness

…Of Thomas Shelby, that is. I started this post on Monday morning. It encapsulated my mood at the time. It’s a bit scatterbrain, a bit melancholic – but mostly just ramblings I had no intentions to publish, specifically about the Peaky Blinders. (A television series I’m obsessed with). But then I thought to myself, I should be making better use of this mental state. You know? I should be putting it…

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Cook with Brooke: Poutine 4 ways

Poutine – a classic, French Canadian dish recognisable world over. Made from chips or fries, cheese curd, and dark brown gravy, we Canadians go crazy for it. Though it’s often regarded as a no frills dish, frois gras, duck confit and pulled pork are just some of the niceties that are being added to this classic in recent years. This recipe is a pretty simple version. But if you have those extras…

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You only need one good reason to outweigh the list of bad

I have this exciting project at work. It’s something that’s never been done before (at least not at Three), and it’s faced a lot of naysayers. So much so that it was pretty much shelved indefinitely. But luckily, a strong leader brought it back to life, simply by questioning why we weren’t doing it, and challenging all of our reasons. Her attitude, in turn, challenged me to think differently. So…

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Here’s the thing about illicit drugs and TV box sets  

I spent a good deal of this past weekend engrossed in a television series called Peaky Blinders. Set in Birmingham in the 1920s, the show chronicles the ramblings of a gangster family by the name of Shelby – a group known as the Peaky Blinders. The lead character Thomas Shelby is played by the gorgeous Irish actor Cillian Murphy. In no uncertain terms, he sets my pants on fire. I…

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Do the things you loved to do as a child  

When I was six or seven years old, my parents bought a Sony Camcorder for Christmas. Remember how they were all the rage? Everyone started making home movies, and shows like America’s Funniest Home Videos became hugely popular franchises. Amateur videographers would capture crotch kicks on camera for a chance to win cash prizes, handed out by none other than Bob Saget. Man, those were the days. My sister Quinn…

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Expect to like the unexpected

I’ve realized recently, and often, that I like the unexpected. For example… Hair When I was 13 years old, a stylist cut all my hair off. I was given a pixie cut. It was a perfect example of how 13 year olds and adults miscommunicate. Either way, I was left with a Mia Farrow, which is something quite painful when you’re not prepared for it, especially at age 13. I…

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Cook with Brooke: How to make a chocolate soufflé

The last time I uploaded a ‘Cook with Brooke’ video to Facebook, my lovely friend Caroline requested that I make a soufflé. Chocolate or cheese? It didn’t matter to her. The thing is, I’ve never made a soufflé before. But there comes a time when you’ve spent so much time in the kitchen, that your confidence is strong enough to tackle any culinary challenge. So I did what I normally…

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I’m broke and I can’t stop eating candy

Every now and again you have one of those days where you’re like, “Why can’t I stop eating this candy?” or “Where did all my money go?” Today was one of those days. In all fairness, I’ve been living like a high roller, making it rain in Rome (and in several boroughs of east London). A couple of uber taxis here, several cocktails there, throw in a new bistro table…

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Broadway Market and Regent’s Canal in photos

We’re pretty lucky that some of the best spots in east London are right on our doorstep. We’re 20 minutes from Broadway Market, Columbia Flower Market, and Bricklane. We’re also right on Regent’s Canal, next to Victoria Park. Get your fill of authentic east London all the while staying within a two mile radius of our flat. Perfect, right? One thing I’m guilty of is not taking enough photos of this amazing…

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