Homemade vegan sweetcorn chowder

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Now i’ve never been big on cooking anything other than the very basic meals, or more often than not just shoving something from the freezer straight into the oven. However recently i’ve been cooking some rather yummy dishes (using a recipe, i’m not that good to make things without a cookbook yet!)

Today I decided to make a vegan sweetcorn chowder. It’s so easy and cheap to make and tasted absolutely fantastic!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 red (bell) pepper, finely sliced
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 300g frozen sweetcorn
  • 800ml hot vegetable stock
  • 400ml can of full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 spring onions, sliced on the diagonal
  • handful of fresh corriander
  • 1 lime, quartered

 

Method:

  1. In a large pan, heat the oil over a medium heat, Add the onion, then throw the red pepper, celery and chilli flakes into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until softened.
  2. Tip in the sweetcorn, vegetable stock, and coconut milk and increase the heat to high. Stir through the smoked paprika, then partially cover with a lid. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from the heat and season with sea salt. Ladle half the soup into the blender and blast until completely smooth. Pour the smooth half back into the unblended soup and combine. Serve hot with spring onions, coriander and a wedge of lime to garnish.

So that is the ingredients and method as written word-for-word in the book but I had to make a few alterations and thought of one or two improvements for next time i make this dish.

For a start I had only normal paprika but I really think the smoky flavour would have given it a deeper taste. Secondly i had no coriander so i sprinkled in some basil, this really worked so although next time I will make sure to add the coriander I will definitely be sprinkling in the basil as well!

I blended the whole soup instead of half blending which worked really well although i highly doubt that would have made it taste any different so I guess its personal preference on that one 🙂

Lastly i used the spring onions as garnish like the method says but i found this unnecessary and didn’t really work.

Overall it tasted amazing and will 100% make this again! Hope some of you guys decide to try this too, let me know what you think 😀

Aggie x

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New business venture

So i’ve not blogged in aaaages because I’ve been super busy with my new business venture!

A lady called Emily reached out to me on Instagram a number of weeks ago and put forward to me this fabulous opportunity which after a lot of thinking about i couldn’t resist.

So i now have my own business with a company called Arbonne who deal with health and beauty related products. If you can put it in or on your body then they have it. And the best thing is, is that its all 100% vegan and has been since day 1.

It contains no animal products or animal bi-products and contains nothing harmful to your body that are in everyday products. It is hands down the best thing you can do for your body!

I have been using the skincare and the nutrition ranges myself and without sounding biased, they are by the far the best i have ever used. My skin has improved so much and the products feel awesome on my skin. In fact, i loved the nutrition range so much that i bought the whole range….. twice.

I have already noticed a huge difference in how i feel and how much better I can get through my day. Im so happy i’ve made this move with Arbonne and i can see it being a huge life changer for me.

From a business perspective, it allows me to work on it in my own time and make money while also working a full time job. I’ve already met some fantastic people and i strongly believe with all my heart that Arbonne is the best thing people can do for themselves.

Either from a client perspective or a consultant perspective the rewards and outcomes are amazing. I’m very new into it but already have seen the rewards and i cannot stress enough to people how life changing it is.

Will have more updates as i progress but just thought i’d share this little bit of news with everyone! 🙂

 

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Blog 13- Gratitude

imagesGratitude turns what we have into enough- Buddha

I feel as though gratitude is the root to all happiness. Having gratitude eliminates all forms of selfishness and stubbornness and allows you to accept that what you have is enough to make you a great person.

An example of gratitude that stands out to me above all is the children in countries ridden with poverty who have nothing. Literally nothing. Yet everyday they smile and manage to make games out scraps of material and still be thankful. Then on the other end of the spectrum we have people with more money than they know what to do with who are miserable because ‘it isn’t enough’. They might not be able to get the top of the range iPhone in the colour they want so their ego and selfishness takes over.

Ego is another topic i will cover in a later blog. It turns people into ugly creatures and causes so many issues that could be avoided.

Everyday i am thankful for what I have. I have a roof over my head, an income and food on the table. In fact i am able to go to a supermarket and decide what food i get to eat where as so many people have no choice. They get what they are given when they manage to get it. Sometimes it could be days where they have nothing to eat or drink simply because they are so poor.

I am so lucky for what i have, the people in my life and the things i have experienced. I’m not saying this to show off or to brag, this is simply to put it into words how grateful i am for everything in life.

I have a little special bit to add onto the end of this blog. It’s basically me showing how grateful i am recently to everyone who has messaged me, emailed me, contacted me in any way, followed my blog and/or commented, reposted my stuff on Instagram and who has followed me on social media. The support i have received is completely overwhelming.

No-one has asked any of you to take time out of your day to contact me to tell me how i am inspiring you and how i am motivating you and so many have messaged me. I am so thankful for you all. Being able to inspire others means so much to me and i cant thank you enough. You now who you are 🙂

Love and happiness to you all x

 

Blog 12- Motivation

Sometimes everyone needs a bit of motivation to do more. Somedays you might be extremely productive and do so much but more often than not people just do what ‘has’ to be done in the day. They just do the bare minimum and make no progress in any aspect of their life. A common excuse is “oh I don’t have time” or “I’ll do it tomorrow”. NO NO NO do it now!

If you’ve dreamed of starting that business or you really want to do something you’re passionate about than why are you delaying it! Who cares what people think, do what make you happy.

I look around and see people living the same boring, repetitive life everyday. They get up, eat, go to work, come back, complain about work then go to bed and wake up in the morning to do the exact same thing. Time goes so quick so why are people wasting it?

Saying “I don’t have time” is THE worst excuse I’ve ever heard. People say they don’t have time yet they sit in front of the tv for hours or scroll on social media. This is stupid. Get up and spend that extra 20 minutes/hour/three hours doing something to improve yourself! Work on that business you’ve always wanted to do or spend that time playing a sport to improve your health. Stop making excuses and just do it!

Just think, do you really want to be living the same repetitive life in the next ten years..? You’ll look back and think “what if I’d done that?”.

For success and happiness you have to work. The only people that get opportunities and money thrown at them without working for it are the ones born into rich, famous families and I can assure you that the people reading this are not one of them.

So work for the lifestyle you want, put in the work now or face just living an average life where the only exciting thing you have is that two week summer holiday. Why not have a permanent summer holiday..?

Don’t let social media and television consume you. Don’t waste your time. Do more and be successful.

Success doesn’t come and find you. You have to go out and get it.

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Blog 11- Synchronicity

Synchronicity is a key part of spiritual development. I understand sync as being the universes way of showing you when to keep your focus and when you are on the right path.

The main sync that people see is 11:11 however it can be anything from consecutive numbers to hearing a song you were just thinking about (how ironic..). You probably come across these daily but it is only when you start to notice them that they mean something. When you notice them it means that the universe is trying to tell you something.

When I first started on my spiritual path, I saw so much synchronicity and it just increased an increased. At first I wasnt’ aware that this was a sign of spiritual growth but when I asked around and researched I realised that what I was experiencing wasn’t something “weird”, it was something essential to my growth as a person.

Now I see things daily, normally multiple times a day and when I do it reminds me to just breathe and stay focused.

The meaning of sync is between you and your guides, they are very personal and relate to your own life so I can’t tell you what seeing or experiencing a certain thing means. However I can tell you that when you start to notice it, it means that you are being shown something. Maybe you are straying from the path you should be on and your guides are desperately trying to pull you back or maybe you are on the right path and your guides want to show you to improve and grow.

When you see it I urge you to stop. Just stop and think what they could be showing you.

The main one for me was when I was going through a tough time and felt so low I was struggling to get out of bed. I managed to move and went downstairs into the kitchen. The time was 18:06 pm but the oven clock said 11:11… Moments before I had been in my room urging my spirit guide to show me they were there and to help me. It was then that I knew they were listening and they were there to support me and guide me. I picked myself up and woke up the next day feeling on top of the world.

There are no such things as ‘coincidences’, remember that.

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Blog 10- The Pineal Gland

The pineal gland, otherwise known as the third eye is a gland located at the front of the brain inbetween the eyes. 
The pineal gland produces melatonin, a serotonin derived hormone which modulates sleep patterns in both circadian and seasonal cycles.
From a spiritual side, the pineal gland is very important. Otherwise known as the third eye it symbolises many things. 
The third eye is our ability to see what might be, to see potential.
Everyone has access to his or her third eye. For example, when you have a hunch and act on it, you’ve used your third eye. But that’s only the beginning. Your third eye is a sense, one you can develop to be more refined and accurate than just being a hunch.

Seers use their third eye to understand hidden connections and answer questions. Energy workers ‘feel’ the energies around them and to then consciously manipulate that energy. And every time you have empathy, you are using your third eye to touch and feel the emotions of others. 
There are some key signs to when you know your third eye is opening:
1- full sensation of pressure between the eyes 

2- foresight

3- gradual, persistent change

4- deep connection to yourself 

5-senses 

I have personally found that I have experienced and am still currently experiencing all of these. My main one has been my senses changing. 
My vision and hearing has got so much more sensitive and accurate it’s very VERY noticeable. I am able to hear high pitched frequencies and light affects me very strangely at particular times. I have yet to figure out why it affects me sometimes and not others but that’s a working progress. 
All in all the opening of the third eye is crucial to spirituality. There are more things to do to open it and how these help you but I will cover those in a later blog. 
Thanks for reading ✌🏼

I have three eyes, two to look and one to see

Blog 9- self love part 2

Yesterday was a difficult day, my relationship ended however it has taught me many things. 
When you know what’s best for you do it, even if it’s hurts at the time the benefits will show in time. 
In no way do I regret my relationship, he taught me many things and has helped me progress as a person in so many ways so I was always be grateful but the connection went. 
Everything happens for a reason so I’m completely fine with it. I’ve realised my self worth and feel as though I have conquered the hurdle of self love and self awareness. I know what I need to do now in life and that is the progress spiritually and to work 10x harder for my business. 
I’m staying positive, I don’t feel upset it’s all a learning curve 😇 

I can and i will

Blog 8- self love 

Self love is when you realise that even through your imperfections you are perfect. It’s seeing that you are you and no one can or should be able to change you. 

It’s accepting yourself and loving yourself. 

It’s something I’ve struggled with but am slowly improving on. 

It’s so important in life, self hate is the route of most issues in the world. Hate is negative and negativity just ruins everything. 

See the best in every situation including seeing the best in yourself and you can’t go far wrong. Even when you feel your worst or feel so down that getting out of bed seems impossible just try and be happy. I think of three positive things in my life that helps me to achieve a positive mindset. 

What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me

Blog 7- social media 

 I’ve come to learn that everyone is consumed by social media. It rules everyone’s life and people become so absorbed in it that they struggle to see what is actually happening around them. 
When I look around all I see is people sat on their phones scrolling for hours on pointless pages such as Facebook and twitter. It’s wasting so much time and energy on absorbing other people’s lives when everyone needs to focus on their own. 
Saying that, there are benefits to social media. From a business point of view it is extremely useful and opens up new possibilities and opportunities. 
Brands and businesses can reach thousands and thousands of people with social media and if it is used correctly, it can build someone from nothing to something. 
One of my current goals is to become a person of influence via social media. Instagram being my main platform although I am using twitter aswell. In doing this I can hopefully create a name for myself so when it comes to me going all in with my business then I already have a following and good image that will create trust between myself and the client before they have already met me. 
I’ve recently deleted most social media from my phone. I deleted the Facebook app, snapchat and twitter although I re-downloaded twitter purely for a business point of view. 
The first few weeks of having no social media felt very strange and it was only then that I realised how much everyone relies on their phones. I kept reaching for my phone every few minutes before realising it was pointless and thought how much time I have been wasting aimlessly scrolling. 
I have definitely noticed a massive shift in my mental focus and clarity since having the bare minimum of social media and I would definitely advise everyone to do it! 

“Consume, don’t be consumed”

Blog 6- My Path 

Currently I’ve shared with you the beginnings on my business startup and a slight insight into my spiritual journey but all of this combines to me realising my true path at 19 years old. 

I’m very confident that the way I am heading is correct, my life as a business woman and entrepreneur is starting and my life a spiritual being is also taking a massive turn for the better. 

Not many people can say that at 19 they have it figured out so I’m pretty chuffed with myself 🤔 

When I look at what I was like as a person this time last year I’ve noticed a huge difference. Especially compared to a few years ago, I am now a completely different person. New mindset, new goals, new personality and a fresh look on life. I am definitely heading for great things and I’m not afraid to admit that. 

Self love and self awareness is something I am massively trying to improve, I’m slowly getting there but everything takes time. In the wise words of Gary Vaynerchuck “Macro- patience”. 

I am being patient but in no way am I just sitting back and ‘hoping’ great things happen. You have to do great to be great but nothing happens overnight so I have to hold tight, work incredibly hard and I know I’ll get there even if it means failing over and over again. 

Failing is never a bad thing, it’s a lesson. Something where you can look back and think “what did I do wrong?” or “where can I improve?”. Everything happens for a reason so I know to never give up and to keep going 💪🏼 

Your only limit is you.