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 🙂

Tricolore salad with vegan mozzarella

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Given that we are 3 days overdue for a food shop, I wasn’t optimistic as I opened my fridge for lunch today. But to my delight as I pulled open the vegetable drawer I found that I still had a few treasures inside, namely all the ingredients for a tricolore salad!

This is one of my favourite salads – red ripe tomatoes, freshly torn basil, a drizzle of olive oil and a few cheeky slices of creamy mozzarella. Adding a soft, buttery avocado makes it even better I think.

I wrote last week about my discovery of a really gorgeous vegan smoked mozzarella by Mozzarisella. I went on to use it on a vegan bolognese and forgot I had somehow found enough self-discipline to save a bit for another day.

If you haven’t tried this salad before then I urge you to try it! It is very easy to make.

Tricolore salad
Serves 1

1 ripe avocado
12 cherry tomatoes
Handful of fresh basil
100g of Mozzarisella vegan smoked mozzarella
Drizzle of garlic-infused olive oil
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Simply chop your avocado, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella and toss with the oil and seasoning. For variation you could add some balsamic vinegar or a splash of lemon juice, and add any other salad vegetable you like. I think sweetcorn would be a good one to add next time.

As it is Bank Holiday Monday and a day off work, I am now going to snuggle up with Baxter and watch Laurel & Hardy movies on YouTube 🙂

Have a great day everyone!

Vegan smoked mozzarella

I recently took a trip to Brighton.

While most tourists would visit the seaside kitsch of the pier, the quirky charm of the North Laines or the wow-inducing chocolate sculptures at Choccywoccydoodah, I marched my friends straight to Infinity Foods a vegan/vegetarian supermarket.

I think they were slightly concerned at my enthusiasm for the large range of tofu’s and vegan cheeses but guys, I’ve talked about my struggle to find a tasty vegan cheese before, I’m getting desperate!!

I picked up a few new options which I will blog and vlog about in due course (I haven’t opened them all yet). However today I wanted to talk about SmokeyRisella, a vegan smoked mozzarella by Mozzarisella which is made of germinated rice and coconut oil.

Smell

Upon opening the salami-shaped parcel there was no immediate aroma so I went in for a sniff. It smelt EXACTLY like smoked cheese. So far so good!

Taste

Like any normal person who opens a packet of cheese to cook with, the first slice went straight in my mouth.

AND A HEAVENLY CHOIR DID SING. It tasted exactly like smoked mozzarella. FINALLY a vegan cheese that is delicious! I was so happy I may have done a small jig (don’t tell anyone).

I couldn’t taste rice at all. Once the cheese melted (see below) I detected a very slight sweetness which was the coconut oil coming through but it didn’t bother me at all.

Meltability

I popped it onto my Epic Vegan Bolognese and it went in the oven for 15 mins. When I pulled it out a couple of pieces had melted round the edges however most were still disc shaped.

BUT as soon as I dished it into my bowl the discs melted in and it was just like normal mozzarella.

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The great news is, you can buy Mozzarisella products online!

I can’t wait to buy more and experiment with it. It is definitely tasty enough to enjoy on its own or in a more subtle dish like a fresh tricolore salad of mozzarella, tomato and basil – how delicious that would be!