How I Manifested £100 (& a lil’ more Self-Love) in 5 Days

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Hi everyone,

If you follow me on social media you’ll know that on Saturday 15th October I started asking for tips on how to utilise the Law of Attraction to manifest money FAST.

You see, I wanted to go to VegFest in London on Saturday 22nd October. I already had 2 tickets; but I had no money for the train fare or to actually buy anything with.

Now I know there are many more critical or useful uses for £100. But I’ve had a difficult time recently and, apart from sitting at home feeling sad, this was all I had to focus on and look forward to.

So I took myself on a crash course of Law of Attraction. Here are the steps I took:

  • I started reading Denise Duffield Thomas’ book, ‘Get Rich Lucky Bitch’. I only got midway through but as I went along I applied everything she advises: I made lists of people, situations and my own actions which I needed to forgive – whether they were related to money or not I wrote them all down and then I repeated the forgiveness mantra “I forgive you. I’m sorry. And I love you” for each and every one.
  • I watched VegFest videos from last year’s event and really visualised myself attending; the excitement walking through the entrance, exploring all the stalls, giving my money to friendly stallholders and feeling great about it, tasting beautiful food, vlogging the day and making a brilliant video for my YouTube channel.
  • I found some affirmation videos on YouTube and played them either whilst meditating or whilst doing other things. This ‘500 Affirmations’ was my absolute favourite. If I was meditating, I’d hold a £5 note which I’d sniff (Denise’s recommendation!) and feel between my fingers, to get used to enjoy having money.
  • I looked to Instagram for positive money affirmations and saved a bunch on my phone to look at regularly and memorise. I particularly loved @MyMoneyMogul for this.
  • I tried to be super mindful of what I was saying and thinking. I didn’t discuss what I was doing with anybody, so that neither they (or I) would cast doubt on my process.
  • At the same time as all this I tried to remain mindful of any intuitive pulls I was receiving, as these might be the practical steps needed to help the money flow to me.

Taking all these steps I managed to become really confident that I was meant to go, and that it was OK for me to have this money for this (some might say trivial) purpose, and it seemed such a certainty that I would go.

In the end, a number of items I was trying to sell DID sell, and I had the money I needed within 5 days. And just as I imagined, this happened!

I also found that this process, and Denise’s book especially, is not just about money. It’s about forgiving yourself, and others, and yourself some more. It’s about believing in your own self worth, believing that you deserve. Increasing your self love.

For those reasons alone I say if you are sceptical of the Law of Attraction it is STILL worth exploring it and doing the work. I felt so good about me, so worthy, so filled up with love for myself, that was an even greater feeling than accumulating the money.

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Sun-dried Tomato Pasta with Cheesy Garlicky Spinach Balls

I have made this dish several times in the last week, it’s THAT good.

It contains basically all my favourite things: tangy sun-dried tomato, balsamic vinegar, cheese and garlic…

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The spinach balls are adapted from Antonio Carluccio’s recipe with just a few tweaks to veganise it and swop the nutmeg for a more tomato-compatible flavour. It looks like a lot of ingredients but it’s all stuff you’re likely to have already, nothing fancy!

No photos of the assembly or cooking stages as my phone died and I had to let it charge, typical!

Sun-dried Tomato Pasta with Cheesy Garlicky Spinach Balls
Serves 2

For the Spinach Balls (adapted from Antonio Carluccio’s recipe):

2 bags / 400g of spinach
2 slices of wholemeal bread pulverised into breadcrumbs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 cup nutritional yeast powder (or more/less as you desire it)
1 vegan ‘egg’ = I used a mixture of 2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp baking powder.
Oil for frying

For the Pasta:

150g pasta (any type you fancy)
Healthy glug *technical term 😁* of extra virgin olive oil
4-5 tsp of balsamic vinegar (or more/less as you desire it)
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato paste (or more/less as you desire it)
1/2 cup nutritional yeast powder (you get the idea 😉)
1/2 tsp garlic powder

  1. Pierce holes into each bag of spinach and microwave for 3 minutes. Drain in a colander then press between wads of kitchen roll to dry off as much as possible. Chop into small pieces.
  2. Combine the spinach with all the other ball ingredients except the ‘egg’. Add half of the ‘egg’ mixture at first and mix: if you are able to form balls at this stage discard the remaining ‘egg’, if not add the rest. We don’t want it too soggy!
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan on low-medium and add your spinach balls. Turn every now and then, they will go a lovely golden brown mmmmmmmm 💕
  4. Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain and pop back in the pan. Add all pasta ingredients and stir until warmed through.
  5. Plate the pasta and arrange the spinach balls on top.

Guys if you try this let me know what you think! It is AMAZE. Fact.

NOW ON YOUTUBE: My “Vegan Cheeses, Sauces & Treats – Newbie Haul!”

Here is my new YouTube video! It’s a vegan haul, focusing on cheeses (of course, as I am a cheese fiend!), salad dressings and a beautiful vegan chocolatey treat mmmmmm 🙂

Even though it was difficult to get myself energised, and looking vaguely presentable, I’m proud that I managed to film this AND two other videos yesterday (coming soon!).

Please let me know what you think either here or over at my channel, and feel free to comment with your opinions on these products or any recommendations you want to share!

Vegan Margherita Pizza

I have been getting a bit jealous of serving up pizza’s to my boyf lately.

It’s not that I can’t find vegan pizza anywhere: Holland & Barrett offer this Meatless Meat Feast pizza which is very nice. But what if I decide I want pizza of an evening and don’t have one in stock?

BEHOLD! My (mostly) homemade margherita pizza!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left – before cooking and Right – fresh out of the oven

This post isn’t a full recipe, as I bought a part-baked pizza base from Waitrose – come on if I can’t be arsed to drive 10 minutes to buy a pizza, I’m hardly gonna mix and knead my own dough am I! I simply put the toppings on and put it in the oven for 16 minutes as per the package instructions.

And as I didn’t have any shop-bought vegan mozzarella I googled a recipe and found this one from Sam at It Doesn’t Take Like Chicken. Let’s talk about this recipe for a moment. It uses tapioca flour to recreate the stretchiness of mozzarella and of course nutritional yeast flakes to make it cheesy. IT WORKS! And it literally took about 10 minutes to make. I am so excited, you can bet I will be making it several times this week as a dip and adding some white wine and nutmeg to make fondue. Hmmmmm!

For the tomato base I made a batch of my pomodora pasta sauce (which I will post the recipe for next week) as I like my pizza pie fully loaded with sauce AND cheese. I have perfected my sauce over many many years of practice and frankly it’s so good now I think it’s proof I think that I was a Nonna in a past life for sure 🙂

Long story short – this pizza was one of the nicest I’ve ever eaten. Partly because I made it just the way I like it, granted, but the combination of thick rick tomato sauce and creamy-but-gooey mozzarella made me so so happy. Equally good as any dairy margherita hands down.

And I did the carnivore test: I served a piece of my pizza to my boyf – a non-vegetable eating carnivore – and he said he would happily eat this pizza!

A big success for Vegans everywhere, I’d say 🙂

15 Minute Carrot & Courgette Burgers!

Excuse the lack of food styling in my photo above but you will understand when I tell you that, once again, consuming wine before dinner has led to another fine creation 🙂

Stumbling in from the pub last night I was in no mood to cook anything lengthy or complicated but I don’t keep any ready meals in stock.

I remembered seeing on a food blog once that if you grated up some vegetables, squeezed out the moisture and added breadcrumbs, you’d have a veggie burger on your hands. So, armed only with a vague memory and a large dose of slightly squiffy abandon, I started throwing things randomly into my food processor.

I couldn’t be bothered to squeeze out the moisture and I didn’t have any bread, so I left those steps out and added a bit of flour instead.

IT WORKED! And it only took me 15 minutes! And what’s better, they’re healthy and the mixture was plentiful enough that I was able to have more today for lunch.

Note: the quantities below are only a rough guide as I was literally chucking things in 🙂

15 Minute Carrot & Courgette Burgers

Makes 6 patties – if you want to eat half now and half another time, refrigerate half the mixture prior to frying and fry when you’re ready to eat it

2 large carrots
1 large courgette
1/2 – 1 cup gluten-free plain flour
1 tbs nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried parsley
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
1-2 tbs oil of your choice for frying (I used garlic infused oil)

1. Heat your oil in a frying pan, on a high heat.

2. Peel the carrot, roughly chop and add to the food processor. Chop the courgette and also add this to the blender, and then blitz (if you don’t have a food processor, use a grater).

3. Transfer to a bowl and add all seasonings and half a cup of flour, and mix well. It will be a fairly wet mixture but you want to be able to pick it up and form patties so add a little more flour if it needs it.

4. Form 6 thin patties from the mixture and pop into the frying pan. Turn over gently with a spatula every few minutes, and fry altogether for about 10 minutes until both sides are golden brown.

The inside of these patties will not be crumbly like a normal beanburger or veggie burger. The inside will be soft. But the outside is crispy and golden, and frankly kind of awesome.

After I’d taken the photos I added some grated Violife cheese and Tofutti sour cream (both mentioned in my latest vlog) and the world’s laziest salad of cucumber, pepper and tomato. It was so good. And then I fell asleep 🙂

Let me know what you think if you give these a go! 

Overwhelmed by Cruelty Free Beauty?

I’m not much of a make-up enthusiast, but after a day in full make-up on Sunday to shoot my latest haul video I felt inspired to look for some pretty new make-up ideas and I ended up watching a haul video of cruelty free make-up products by Kiara Rose.

Long story short, I’ve opened up a whole new can of “shit I didn’t know THEY tested on animals”!

I guess I just presumed that most cosmetics and skincare companies these days don’t test on animals because, generally speaking, the common opinion is that it’s wrong to do so. And here in the EU there is a ban on animal testing for cosmetic and toiletry products and ingredients.

But check this out from PETA UK’s website:

“Beware of claims such as “this product is not tested on animals”, which can hide the fact that its ingredients are tested on animals, and “this company does not test on animals”, which may simply mean the company contracts out its testing to other companies.”

Not only that, but it goes on to say:

“In some countries – China, for example – it is compulsory for any company that sells cosmetics to pay for the products to be tested on animals. This means that some companies that have been cruelty-free for years have turned their backs on their ethical policies and have started testing on animals in order to reach these lucrative developing markets.
This is why, in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, we still have an important ethical choice to make when buying cosmetics. Companies may be complying with the cosmetics testing ban in Europe, but at the same time, they are selling products in another market that have been tested on animals”.

This is why some products you pick up will say “We do not test our products on animals nor do we permit others to do so except where it is required by law.”

It’s like how I felt after I watched Vegucated or Cowspiracy. Once these facts are in my brain, I feel like I must be and want to be a more ethical consumer. Although, as PETA says, it’s a choice we have to make.

Obviously I know the right choice but if I’m honest a part of me feels overwhelmed at the effort and cost involved in finding new brands for my ENTIRE beauty routine. 

But then again it could be kinda fun, right? 🙂

I’ve found some handy links where you can search your favourite brands to see if they’re cruelty free or not, and search for ethical alternatives.

Go Cruelty Free

PETA’s ‘Beauty Without Bunnies’ database

Cruelty Free Kitty

Amber’s Beauty Talk

If you know any beauty products that you know to be cruelty free and that you’d like to recommend, please comment below and eliminate some of the overwhelm for us newbie’s!