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.

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!

Navigating a stormy sea of vegan cheese

A couple weeks ago, I did my first vlog: a vegan food haul. In it I talked about, amongst other things, my first impressions upon opening up a packet of vegan cheese for the very first time.

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The cheese in question? VBites Cheezly Hard Italian Style.

The verdict? Stinky. Tasted like it smelt. Definitely avoid eating it on its own!

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I also had a packet of Cheezly White Cheddar Style which I hadn’t opened at the time of filming. I have since opened it.

The verdict? Plant-y. And weirdly sweet. Tastes like a sweet plant. Wrong.

I’ve now thrown both packs away, unfinished, which I never do normally because I hate waste. But I was enduring them, rather than enjoying them, and in the end it just wasn’t worth it.

But it’s not all bad news!

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Tesco do a smoked cheddar made from soya.

The verdict? Tastes like smoked cheddar. Smells like smoked cheddar. Melts like cheese. Thankyouplease I’ll take it!

This cheese actually won ‘Best Dairy-free Cheese’ at the PETA UK Vegan Food Awards 2014, and I can see why, it just blows these other cheeses out the water. Tesco also do medium and mature cheddars which I haven’t tried yet, but I would like to. The added bonus is that Tesco is my local supermarket so this cheese is super easy to find and buy.

I won’t be buying a Cheezly cheese again, however, I will continue to try other brands. I will need to scout about for an online vegan food supplier as there are no other options in my local stores.

I would like to try making my own cheese using cashew nuts and nutritional yeast flakes but I haven’t yet been able to find the yeast flakes. I also remember reading (I can’t find the source now) that eating a lot of cashew nuts means eating a lot of fat and I’m not sure whether that’s a healthy choice. Nor am I sure, though, that eating a lot of soya based cheese is good either.

It’s all so complicated! I would like to research more into it. In the meantime, any suggestions and guidance would be most welcome!

Holiday Food Diary: dairy temptations and vegan triumphs!

I can’t believe it was a week ago that I was whisked away for my birthday!

I was taken to Center Parcs in Woburn Forest for 3 nights. It was SO MUCH FUN!

View from our room, which overlooked the lake.

As I venture into Veganism, I’ve found it super easy to go vegan at home where I control what I buy and what I eat. But I set the intention when I started out that, when going out for dinner or going on holiday, if the vegan options available are limited or unappetising then I allow myself a dairy dish. This is because I think being vegetarian limits you enough (depending where you live/where you travel of course), and I rarely go out to restaurants or go on holiday so I don’t want my enjoyment to be impeded.

This was my first holiday since I began a vegan practice, so I thought I’d keep a little diary! (No food pics though, sorry!).

Friday

We drove to Woburn Forest on Friday morning and I kicked off the day with a soy chai latte from Costa. We picked up some food at Tesco to store in our room and I bought plenty of veg, hummus, almond milk and vegan cheese while my boyf bought regular cheddar, milk and meat – we eat completely opposite foods! As its a birthday trip I treat myself to a red velvet cake, which is most definitely not sugar-free or dairy-free!

Once we’ve arrived, checked in, explored and played badminton (which I lost, even though I insisted on ‘birthday rules’ which is where I get to make up the rules and point-scoring system to favour myself!) we are shattered by 5.30pm lol! We visit the onsite supermarket and decide to buy the easiest, quickest dinner which we can cook up in our room. We decide on pizza, and there is only one non-meat option for me, a classic margherita pizza.

Saturday

On Saturday I had a cup of tea in the room (with my almond milk), and then we went to play archery! Traditionally I’m quite good at archery and it’s one of the only games I can beat my boyf at, but this time I lost (I blame the cold!).

We hurry to the onsite Starbucks afterwards where I have another soy chai latte. Then we go back to the room and I have a vegan lunch of my veg and hummus (plus a bit of cake).

After a nap, a ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ marathon and some drunk blogging we go to Strada (an Italian restaurant) for dinner, but not before hitting the bar for a mojito!

I start with a delicious tomato Bruschetta but for mains I only see a few vegetarian options and no vegan options at all on the menu, so I settle for a Caprino pizza with aubergine, courgette, mozzarella and goats cheese. (It is really lovely!) For desert I go completely off the rails (I’m way over my sugar/calorie intake by now anyway and have succumbed to dairy) and have the Pizzetta Nutella. Literally, a pizza covered in Nutella 🙂

Sunday

For breakfast we kick off with tea and prepackaged golden syrup porridge made with almond milk. Which, to be fair, is very tasty, but I’m pretty sure the ‘I Quit Sugar’ diet would not approve!

The Infinity Pool at the Aquasana Spa (note: that's not me lol)

The Infinity Pool at the Aquasana Spa (note: that’s not me lol)

I headed down to the spa for a few hours, I LOVE me a spa! There are tons of sauna rooms, steam rooms, meditation rooms etc and my favourite is the crystal healing room which had a lovely big amethyst in the centre.

I grab a quick vegan lunch in our room before we head off to our next activity which was my favourite: the OWL Encounter! Check out this dude!

This owl was called 'Bracken'.

This owl was called ‘Bracken’.

I’m very good at holding owls 🙂 I wish it was my job!

For dinner we go to an American diner called Hucks. Again, there are few vegeterian options and none vegan. I know I can probably ask any restaurant if their chef could veganize a dish for me, but I see enough lovely-looking cheesy dishes to tempt me.

We start with goats cheese empanadas, and then I have a vegetarian burrito with salad and Mexican rice – this is a largely vegan dish but does have a bit of cheese inside the burrito.

We then go to the bar to play a bit of pool, which I lose at. I lost at everything we played this weekend, it’s so annoying!

Monday

Monday is my birthday itself and we are booked into Cafe Rouge for brunch. I decide to treat myself (why stop now!) to eggs florentine which comes with spinach and potatoes, and it is lovely.

We don’t eat again until dinnertime, by which time we are back at home, and I am so tired that I grate spaghetti strands out of a large courgette (zucchini), grate some smoked vegan cheese over the top and add a dash of nutmeg, and microwave it. Lazy, but tasty!

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So, what I’ve learnt is, if I do decide further down the line to be a stricter vegan when I’m out or on holiday, I will need to ask for vegan options to be created for me because they are likely not to be openly available. I will also need to be really disciplined to avoid all those lovely cheesy vegetarian options!

I didn’t feel too guilty though, as really it was only a few times that I succumbed to dairy: the rest of the time it was still super easy to make myself or obtain tasty food. I figure that the occasional dalliance with dairy isn’t the end of the world, it’s my regular daily choices that really count and they are still committed to striving to be as dairy-free as possible.

As for trying to be as sugar-free as is humanly and sensibly possible, well that just didn’t happen did it 🙂 IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY! I’m back on the wagon now though!

My first Vegan Food Haul!

You guys…. I done a VLOG! (co-starring Baxter!)

One of my goals for 2015 was to vlog, and last weekend I had the epiphany to film a vegan (and low in sugar) haul video to help other vegan beginners like myself.

Please have a watch and let me know what you think – (be gentle with me it’s my first time!) – and, if I may be so bold, if you like it do give it a Like and a Subscribe!