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

 

What to do with life?

I’m half way through my second year at uni, that means I am half way through my degree and I only started what feels like yesterday. Next year I will have to start looking for jobs so I can move onto the next stepping stone in life. But seriously… what do I do? All I know is that I don’t what to go into some dead end job, I want to do something that I am really passionate about but I just can’t quite put my finger on what that it. I have vague ideas of a couple areas that interest me but they are polar opposites, how does one choose? So it got me thinking, on this idea of conciousness and living in the now, that there is no point in wasting time waiting to be enlightened about what I want to do. Instead it is better that we do ever thing we can right this very moment that may lead us down our best path.

“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive”. – Oriah Mountain Dreamer

Nobody is going to live our lives for us (not unless you’ve some evil twin clone!). You have to do it for yourself and its the same for everyone no matter how good a start in life ou may have been given. Accepting reality and the change that befalls us means we are one step closer to doing what we need or want to do with life because you can’t figure out the future.

So ask your self right now, am I doing my very best? Could you be postponing doing something to be following your dream? And it doesn’t even have to be big! Maybe you should be turning off the tv and going for a run, or drawing a picture, writing – anything! It is a good idea to build something small in your life. So many of us waste so much of our life doing things such as watching tv, social media, playing video games – living in a screen. Do this all your life and what do you have to show for it? But instead if you replaced some of that time wasted by doing something like drawing a picture, writing, starting a blog or even a business then you would have really accomplished something, gained skills and it could even lead to bigger and better things.