Green Machine Vegan Pea Soup

Having made this soup a few times now I think it’s just one of those dishes that you can easily make in no time for a quick tasty fix!

When it comes to food I’ve learnt less can definitely be more. This recipe is so simple and can easily be tweaked to your own tastes. I must admit I’m not much of a measurer when it comes to cooking, I tend to just throw things in that I think will taste good. Hence a lot of my measurements can be quite vague but a little bit more or a little bit less of an ingredient won’t make this soup any less delicious! Just trust yourself on what you think smells/tastes good and it can go a long way!

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Ingredients:

–Peas:  petit pois works best because they tend to be the sweetest, I would say I used about 4 cups of this

–2 small/medium or 1 giant onion roughly chopped

–A generous shake of thyme

–Handful of fresh mint

–2 tsp chopped chives

–1 vegetable stock cube

–350ml approx. boiling water

–1tsp soya sauce to taste

Steps:

1.) Sauté the onion on a hot oiled pan. So cook until the onion starts to get clear. If you find the pans starting to get a bit dry and the onion is starting to burn just add a splash of water to the pan. This will also help steam the onions a bit and cook them quicker.

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2.) Once sautéd add the minced garlic. This will start to smell lovely as the garlic starts to cook! Be careful  not to burn the garlic because it will turn bitter, just keep stirring it to move it around.

3.) Around about now you can fill the kettle up and put it on to boil. Also add the thyme, chives, soya and crumble up the stock cube into the pan. Keep stirring to prevent anything from burning and once the kettle has boiled add the hot water to the mix.

4.) Throw in the mint and peas giving the whole mixture a good stir before whizzing it all up. If you used frozen peas you might find you’ll want to wait for them to thaw out a bit before whizzing it. Don’t forget you can add more of anything so you get the taste you like! You might even want to add a sprinkle of sugar if your peas weren’t very sweet.

5.) Once whizzed bring it to the boil (or however hot you like) and eat!!! I ate mine with some sliced bread on the side with some pesto spread. YUM!

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What’s your fav quick easy meal?

Lisa

 

8 VEGAN LIFE HACKS

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When you go vegan you become so much more aware of what you are eating. Especially as a new vegan when you find yourself having to look at the labels for absolutely everything until you become familiar with what you can and can’t consume. It not only raises your awareness of how ridiculously much animal products are used in everything but forces you to go out of your comfort zone (if you plan on being a healthly vegan) and discover amazing new foods, recipes and hacks that you wondered how you coped without before. Taking on this I have put together 8 of my favourite vegan life hacks that I have come across in so far in my time of being a vegan some of which I hope you will find useful!

  1. Okay so I have seen it every where, just recently tried it with a brownie mix and it amazes me how this even works but it does! If your in the mood for a bit of a sweet treat then if you have a dry cake mix (most of which are vegan but still don’t forget to check ) and instead of adding milk, egg or what ever the instructions say, you just add a can of fizzy drink, mix it up, bake it and voila!
  2. Coconut oil is not only a healthy cooking oil but it holds so many more positive properties, it acts as a great moisturiser for your skin and even hair – just use it like you’d use a conditioner! Some people even use it for whitening teeth!
  3. No ice-cream and you just have a yearning for it? Well keep some chopped up banana in your freezer then when you want some ice-cream just pop it in the blender and add any seasoning – I like a sprinkle of cinnamon! Then whizz it all up ’til smooth and silky and you’ve got a delicious ice cream.
  4. A recent find of mine is this brilliant app called ‘Is It Vegan?’ and it is so handy when you’re in store because it allows you to just scan the barcode of a product and it will tell you the ingredients and if it is vegan! It is so handy instead of trapsing through the ingredients list especially when animal product ingredients can sometimes be named some strange chemical sounding words haha.
  5. Olive oil can be used in so many ways and one of them is as a makeup remover! So if you want a cheap and easy cruelty free makeup remover then give olive oil a go – not to mention it’s highy moisturising. Just put a tiny drop on a damp cotton pad and wipe away! Since olive oil is close to the type of oil on your skin it also means it won’t clog your pores!
  6. Having a bad skin day? No problem just dab on a bit of tea tree oil to your blemish and that bad boy will be gone in no time. I absolutely love tea tree oil – it just smells amazing!
  7. If your hair is feeling a bit dry and lacklustre then rinse it out with some apple cider vinegar when washing it then whip out your fav sunnies ‘cos you best be prepared for that shine!
  8. Make your own salt spray by mixing 2 tablespoons or salt to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle, give it a good shake and then you can spray it on your damp hair and scrunch it a little as par usual. You can even add a couple of drops of essential oil to give it a luscious scent – vanilla is a classic!

Lisa x

REFRESH YOUR LIFE WITH M I N I M A L I S M ?

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We live in an age where our lives are cluttered with new information, technology and material things everyday. Minimalism is defined as a style of technique that is characterised by extreme sparingness or simplicity and it is something that you probably have heard of. Until recently minimalism was something that I only every associated with style, interior, art, but I had never considered it as a lifestyle. I know myself that I like a bit of clutter and I don’t like my surroundings to be too neat, too perfect, sometimes I just like to embrace the mess and let my creativity flow hahah. However living in such an ever changing time where things have become very materialistic for us I’m beginning to feel maybe some sort of a ‘lifestyle detox’ could be in need! To live a minimalist life is to be able to look at what I own and pick out the essentials and clear out the rest of the junk so that I am not burdened by ‘stuff’. Now don’t get me wrong we all have our little unimportant nick-nacks that we will keep, but are all of them really that important? In the grand scheme of things what do you actually need? Objects do not define us or our memories and we will still be there with or without them but they act more as memory triggers which is why we probably find it so hard to get rid of sentimental things.

“WE HAVE TRADED OUR FREEDOM FOR OVERFILLED CLOSETS AND OUR PASSIONS FOR UNNECESSARY MAINTENENCE”

Minimalism is not about living with as little as possible but about removing the excess from your life so that you have a clear space the breath in. This idea has inspired me to give it a try this new year, to remove unnecessary items and focus on using the essentials.

Here  are some steps that I going to take to make my life more minimalist in the New Year and you should give a go to! :

  • I am going to have a massive closet clear out because that is loooong overdue as I don’t wear half the stuff I own anymore, I will probably put most of it on depop – waste not want not!
  • It is also a good idea to clear out duplicates, do you really need 2 of the same scissors?
  • Get rid of physical clutter and don’t just hid it! Just because it is out of sight doesn’t mean it is out of mind- it can have a big negative impact on our stress levels
  • Buy less – only buy it if it is absolutely NEEDED – “minimalism is asking why before you buy” Francine Jay
  • Spend less time on social media and try to limit it to only a couple times a day. This can be hard but it’s important to start living in the now and stop living on our phones – a good step towards this would be to turn on notifications

There are so many more things that can be done but I think that this is a good start. I am looking forward to sharing with you how it all turns out in a month or so! Hopefully I will have succeeded and I hope that this inspires you too to try incorporate a bit of minimalism into your life because sometimes the only way to find out what is really important is to get rid of everything that isn’t. Let me know what you think I’d love to hear!

“CONCERN YOURSELF LESS WITH POSSESSIONS. CONCERN YOURSELF MORE WITH LIVING

Lisa x

Someday This Day Destinations

Spending hours on end on pinterest I start to discover more and more incredible places (not to mention things to do) that I just keep adding to my bucket list – I’m beginning to think I don’t know how I’ll achieve them all! Inspired by my finds I have put together 10 amazing places that I want to travel to my lifetime. I hope you’ll find them just as awesome as I do!

Petra

Petra translates to ‘rock’ and it’s the ruins of an ancient city that was carved into red mountain rock in Southern Jordanian. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site it is full of history and of archaeological importance. It is so fascinating to have an entire city built into rock and I think a visit would make you feel like you’ve been pulled back in time.

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Puerto Rico Bioluminescent Bay

Do I even need to explain how cool this is?! Just look at it!!

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Temples of Angkor Wat

Located in Cambodia this looks like something straight out of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and thats because it is! I love how the trees look like they are just clambering over. Camouflaged by its surroundings this place just looks so beautifully mysterious.

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Tyantszi Mountains of China

Number one you’ll get to see the Great Wall of China, a sight in itself. Number two you’ll get to see some incredible views! This kinda reminds me of the floating mountains in Avatar, can you imagine if you climbed – ha I don’t think so!

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Egyptian Pyramids

Would this list even be complete without this? It would have been awesome to see them in their heyday when they were all smooth kinda like the top part of them. Egyptian history is one of my favourites, I have always been fascinated by it and as much as I want to go see the pyramids I’m slightly put off by the fact that the amount of tourism can be seriously damaging them like eroding them – you even get the occasional vandals which is awful. If you do go be careful because there are a lot of scammers and it gets pretty crowded. If I go to Egypt I think to go visit somewhere more off the beaten track would be good. Such as Dashur Pyramids, Siwa Oasis, Farafra (This amazing white desert) or Alexandria and its fabulous underwater ruins.

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Siwa Oasis (A green city in the middle of the Sahara!)

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Palawan Island – Philippines

This is just so green and luscious and pretty and.. and.. and word just can’t describe how gorgeous this place looks!

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Mount Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha China

Just look at this guy, he is so cute. I find buddhism fascinating and this too!

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Glow Worm Caves New Zealand

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Haiku Stairs – Hawaii

Also known as the stairway to heaven, these are found on the Island of Oahu. As beautiful as they look if you want to go you best be prepared for a steep hike – but I’m pretty sure it would be well worth it! Sadly its closed however apparently people still routinely hike up when the guards not there – I think there’s even videos on youtube! I’m going to ask my cousin who lives in Hawaii about them to find out more so I can update on here whether it is actually possible to hike up!

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This is only a tiny fraction of places I think would be amazing to visit so I hope you like some of the ones I picked. Which one would you choose? Tell me, I’d love to hear!

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DIY Room Decor Ideas – Cheap & Easy!

Heya guys! How are you today?

So recently I have been feeling really creative and I can’t stop watching various DIY videos on youtube! One channel I recently discovered is Microscope Beauty and she does these amazingly addictive ‘Plan with me’ videos where she plans and decorates her diary for the week. She uses all the awesome stickers and really transforms the pages. It’s hard to describe but they are just so interesting to watch – you should definitely check them out!

Anyway a combination of that and DIY videos and pinterest has just got my creative juices flowing haha. I just want to decorate my room and organise everything really prettily haha. But… since I’m not at uni I can’t decorate my new room just yet, so I thought I would put together a collection of some of my favourite DIY room decor that are super affordable and easy to do! Lets pimp my imaginary room!!!

WASHI TAPE

Washi tape is absolutely amazing, I’ve seen it used to decorate so many things from laptops to lamps. One of my fav ways to use it is as a replacement for picture frames. If you don’t want to splurge on a big frame and your picture is fairly flat then washi tape is a great cheap alternative. You can get numerous colours and tapes on ebay or easy for only a few pounds!

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Socket Decor

I love the idea of surrounding ugly plug sockets with a colourful pattern. Simply print off your chosen pattern (or draw one) and cut it to fit the plug socket (making sure it doesn’t cover the actual socket). You can then stick it down with some double sided sticky tape!

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Water Colour Cushions

These DIY watercolour cushions are the perfect way to add some subtle colour to any room. They look so air and elegant! You can find out how to make these here with ellaclaireinspired

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This is another one of my favourite DIY ideas where you basically just paint a pretty pattern on a pebble! I think you go even further with this and for instance paint slates for drinks/place mats – the possibilities are endless. It’s also totally easy to find great pattern inspiration on the likes of pinterest and if you aren’t good at art you could simply print off a stencil!

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Shapes

Chose a shape, get some colourful paper (or even go minimal and use one colour like black) and chop it into lots of your chosen shapes. Then you can blue tack up on your wall or canvas in an arranged pattern or mosaic style or even totally random. This can be amazingly effective and its such a simple idea too!

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The Coolest Tea Light Ever!!

This is the coolest upcycling idea that I have seen in a long time and it is so so easy to do. Just cut off the bottom of a can (carefully aha) and poke holes around the letters using a needle – like in this Coke you can see below. Then you can use it as an awesome tea light! Don’t forget you can experiment with this by poking holes in different patterns such as circles!

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Which of these would you want to try? Comment and tell me – I would love to hear!

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