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Two Yummy Vegan Soups..



1. Pea Soup w/Roasted Edamame Beans

INGREDIENTS FOR SOUP :

1 Leek
1 Onion
3 Garlic Cloves
3 tablespoons Avocado Oil

4 cups/1000ml/35oz Water
3/4 cup/30g/1oz Mint, Chopped
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Mushroom Stock Cube 

800g/28oz Peas 
2 Potatoes
2 heaped tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast

INGREDIENTS FOR ROASTED EDAMAME :

400g/14oz Shelled Edamame
2 tablespoons Avocado Oil
1/4 teaspoon of :
Onion powder
Smoked Paprika
Garlic powder
Curry powder
Cumin
Salt
Pepper


DIRECTIONS FOR SOUP :

Blitz your onion, garlic and leek then add the oil to saute for a few minutes

Add your salt, pepper, mint, water & stock to the bowl and bring to the boil.

Add the chopped potato and cook for 10 minutes (or until vegetables are tender).

Add the peas and nutritional yeast and bring back to the boil then let it cool a bit.

Blitz/ Process the mixture until smooth.

Season to taste & serve with the edamame beans sprinkled across the top.

DIRECTIONS FOR BEANS :

Preheat Oven to 180C/350F

Mix the oil and all the spices together in a bowl.

Drop the Edamame in and coat them all and then scatter across a baking tray.

Roast for 15-20 minutes or until crispy (mine often take 20+)

I also made falafels cookies to sprinkle over the top. Just a normal falafel recipe but I make them flat and bake longer so crispy for crumbling over salads and soups 




2. Cheese and Broccoli Soup

The thing I have loved most about turning plant based is that we never have any food waste. The minute I think something needs using up I design a soup/salad/loaf or buddha bowl around it.

I had some broccoli the other night so I looked up broccoli soups and then adapted the yummiest sounding to make it Vegan. Marcus was back for seconds so it wasn't just me that thought it was lush.

INGREDIENTS :

1 Onion
30g/1oz Vegan Butter

400g/14oz Broccoli, Roughly chopped
150g/5.3oz Potatoes, Roughly chopped
800g/28.2oz Water
1 Mushroom Stock Cube 

150g/5.3oz Vegan Cream Cheese 
150g/5.3oz Almond Milk
2 heaped tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast
150g/5.3oz Vegan Hard Cheese, Roughly chopped

Salt & Pepper to taste
Dried Seaweed to re hydrate if wanted

DIRECTIONS :

Blitz your onion then add the butter to saute for a few minutes

Add your broccoli, potatoes, water & stock to the bowl. Cook for 20/25 minutes (or until vegetables are tender). Blitz/ Process the mixture until smooth.

Add the Cream Cheese, Almond Milk & Hard Cheese and Nutritional Yeast then Blend until cheese has melted into the soup.

Season to taste & serve with toasted bread on the side or if you want to stay light on the carbs you can add dried seaweed for seasoning which rehydrates to yummy gooeyness..

The Nutritional Yeast means it tastes cheesy but has the added bonus of fabulous Vitamin B12 and the Seaweed adds Omega 3 which are both things that Plant Based peeps often don't get enough of. 

Who has a favourite soup I can play with to make it Vegan? 

Finding my new role as... MUM


Moving from the UK to Australia was a big thing but I did it at a young age, with no kids and not really any major belongings.

My boyfriend and I at the time (now my husband), owned a flat in London but we rented that and just came with suitcases. We shipped about 4 packing boxes and post Scotland Yard Interview where we were informed those were absolutely gone for good we basically had sweet F.A.

Shocking start, YES, Pressure to make it work, ZERO.

Roll on 16 years and it is 2016. I am married, have 2 kids that love our life where we are, a dog a gorgeous house and some amazing friends. My brother that I have been apart from for 16 years+ has moved to Australia and is pregnant (well his fiance is) AND I run a very successful business with another growing rapidly beside it.

Not to blow my own trumpet but I was good at what I did work wise and not only had lots of people come to me for mentoring but I also spoke at multiple business events on the subject. To my close friends I was the person they know they can lean on. 

Why tell you all this? Both of those qualities were things I treasured and got a huge buzz from in sharing with others. They made me feel of value and service to the world around me.. Not to mention that bringing in money to the bank account I share with my husband was something I was proud about.

So what happens when your husband wants to move to the U.S for a new adventure? Well that story is here but this blog post is about my story after that move..

I sold my business and overnight became 'JUST' Mum or should I say MOM..

Not only was I adjusting to life in a new country but I suddenly didn't work. I had never had home help, family around or even a regular cleaner during my working days so the house keeping was nothing new but not working was ABSOLUTELY out of my comfort zone.

I struggled, there was no validation of my value in being asked to lecture to others on a subject. 
I had no one asking for advice as I knew more than them. 
I suddenly knew why I had lost one of my girlfriends friendships back in the day. 
I felt insignificant.
I felt like a groundhog day slave.

It is one year later now and I LOVE my role as 'Mum'. I have new value and feel more of worth that EVER before.

I slowly brought structure back into my day and created work goals within my new job. 

I had a couple of new people to answer too.. I was still my own boss but I needed to be of service to a new group of people or events

My kids and husbands wellbeing, our dog's exercise, my children's personal growth, the ability to volunteer at school, enabling extra curricular activities and lastly my own passion for fitness.

I went back to my calendar and created a schedule just like I had at work. I gave myself structure and I started to focus on the amazing things I now had time to do that I didn't when I was working.

The simplest of things now give me the buzz I used to get from mentoring and lecturing alongside running a business.

Being able to explain things calmly until my little guys get the importance instead of being frustrated and just glossing over the subject with 'oh whatever' as I don't have time. I am working on them from the inside out..

Taking them to sports and actually watching.. then hiking with the kids and their dog after school instead of having them IN after school care and seeing the happiness it creates in those little faces.

Researching Plant Powered eating and taking our diet to new levels where we can count on one hand how many take aways we have had since. Where we are all leaner, stronger and more knowledgable.


I realise now what value I have found in being a Mum and JUST a Mum, how much pride I take in nourishing my family with food that prolongs their future and has them all looking and feeling better than ever.. I used to place my value on what I was adding to the bank account but now I see another world and I kinda love it!!

Have you made the transition? One way or the other? How did you go with it? 

Visiting Palm Springs.. the TRUTH..


Palm Springs Baby!!.. I assumed it was a vibrant, hip and happening place in the desert. How could I not when all the images you ever see are mid century funkiness in pinks and pastels?

Well the houses ARE mid century and there IS a huge amount of fabulous colours BUT it is a huge area that is really spread out and is mainly residential, with a large portion of those residents being retired alongside the heat for most of the year it results in 60% of the year being rather like a ghost town.



We went there for a 'downtime' holiday so it was perfect. We had a full week in a house with a pool and just chillaxed with a visit to Joshua Tree and Salvation Mountain, an afternoon at Wet n Wild, Movies and Dinner out a couple of times.

The first morning I went for a run at 7am and I nearly died by 8am from heat.


The second day I left at 5.45am and laughed my head off as EVERYONE was out and about walking their dogs, doing their exercise and mowing lawns etc.

I had found out the secret.. get up early, get outdoors then spend the day by the pool or in the air con.

There are amazing places to hike and visit close by but we chose the Joshua Tree and went for Sunset. It was magical. I wonder whether I would go back to hike there but to be honest as the terrain is very dry and rocky I would prefer to hike where the plants and growth changes more dramatically over the seasons.




Salvation Mountain is in the middle of nowhere and hotter than hot in the Summer but oh so weird and wacky. It is a shrine to God and feels like some whacky kids program film set. We loved it just for the happy vibes and random location.






The Palm Springs Tramway is like going to another world and SO beautiful. You get up 2.5 miles about the desert and it is cooler and greener with these amazing views across the desert. A total must in my book if you like being amongst nature and climbing rocks.


Lastly if you have kids, Wet n Wild. It is small but fab. On an afternoon you can go in after 3pm for a reduced price and that is more than enough time to get around all the rides for sure.


I need to show you the other places we have been since I took my break from blogging.. anyone else coming San Francisco way soon? 

Do message me :)