Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Creamy Vegan Pasta Bake.

One of the biggest things I've missed since going Vegan is creamy, cheesy pasta dishes. It's not that Vegan creams and cheeses aren't available, it's just that they can be quite expensive and difficult to get your hands on, and to be perfectly honest, they're not really all that healthy. Thankfully I was given 'The Make Ahead Vegan Cookbook' for Christmas which features a scrummy Tetrazzini style pasta dish recipe. Basically this dish has all the taste, but none of the ingredients of cream or cheese. I of course ended up adding my own special touches to the dish, and it is this adapted recipe that I will be sharing with you today. :)

Ingredients:

1 cup cashews
coconut or olive oil
250 grams spaghetti pasta, or pasta of your choosing
broccolini
1 1/4 cups soy or almond milk, unsweetened
1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cracked black pepper
sundried tomatoes

Method:

1. Cover the cashews with water and soak in the fridge overnight.
2. Pop your pasta onto boil and cook until al dente. You can also stick your broccolini into the same pan as your pasta to cook for a few minutes.
3. While your pasta and broccolini is cooking, preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius (350 degrees fahrenheit), and lightly grease an oven proof dish with an oil of your choosing.
4. Drain your soaked cashews and place these into a food processor. Give them a quick blitz.
5. Add all remaining ingredients (except sundried tomatoes) to the food processor and blitz until you have a smooth creamy consistency.
6. Once the pasta and broccolini is cooked, drain, add back to the saucepan, and cover with the creamy sauce. Throw your sundried tomatoes in at this point as well. Stir through until the pasta is completely covered.
7. Add creamy pasta to the pre-greased oven proof dish, sprinkle with extra cracked black pepper, cover with alfoil, and cook at the preset temperature for 20-30 minutes.

Serves 4.




 
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Seven Years, Five Months + Four Days.



Well, it's official. Earlier this month, on Saturday the 4th of June to be precise, I ended my seven and a half year relationship with 'B'. It was a long time coming, and when I say that "I" ended it, it was definitely more of mutual agreement, but it was still the most difficult thing I have ever had to do in my life.

I won't go into too much detail in this blog post as the whole situation is still very raw for me, but I will definitely do more posts on the subject once I've had time to reflect and learn from the whole experience.

Presently I am going through the five stages of grief, in no particular order. Most of the time the stages seem to overlap. Currently I am feeling a little bit of anger but not too much. I feel like I could get quite angry in the upcoming months though. I was going through a stage of denial, and still am a little bit, but at the same time I feel like I accepted the situation from the moment the relationship ended.

Basically I just feel like I need to find myself again. I'm going to be honest though, don't be surprised if I'm in a new relationship by the end of the year. There are definitely things about myself that I need to work on, but being a romantic soul isn't one of them. I feel like I was put on this earth to love, be loved, and to spread positivity. I haven't felt truly "loved" in a really long time. I deserve to experience love again.

At the moment I am still living in Townsville in the same house as B. I have been trying to apply for a transfer through work but it is proving a little difficult at the moment. As soon as the transfer goes through however I will be moving back home to Brisbane to live with my family until I can get back on my feet. Fortunately B and I have been very civil with each other and he will be helping me out with the cost of moving and giving me my fair share in terms of furniture, etc. I am very grateful for this as I have heard some shocking stories from others about their less than civil breakups. As for the dogs, they will be coming with me. It breaks my heart to take them both away from their "daddy" but I couldn't bare to separate them from one another, so it only makes sense that they would both come with me. Hopefully he can come to visit them ocassionally when he's down in Brisbane to visit friends and family.

Hmmm.. what else?

Aside from the obvious emotional turmoil we've both been going through, it has been really difficult for me to come to terms with the fact that I have to leave this home and "family" that we have made for ourselves. Security is a really big deal to me and now I feel like everything is up in the air. Sure, I get to go and live with my family for a while, but given that my family already has two dogs, that isn't going to last forever with four crazy mutts in the house. So unless I can finally find full time work, I'll most likely need to move in with a housemate. The thought of doing this, especially with two dogs in toe, is incredibly daunting to me and gives me a huge amount of anxiety. I've been trying not to think too far ahead for this reason. So my plan is to wait until I hear about a transfer, then pack everything up and arrange to move as soon as possible. I don't see the point of packing anything until I know when I'm moving as seeing clutter and boxes around me only makes me feel more anxious. I'm hoping that if the universe can time things for me perfectly I'll be moving back to Brisbane in the last week of July. Two of my besties have offered to fly up and make the 18 hour drive back down with me and the dogs, which would be absolutely perfect!

I guess I will leave things there for now. If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments, or send me an email to felicity@pursuitoffelicity.com and I will get back to you as soon as I can. If any of you have been through a breakup in recent years and have a positive story to tell about what happened afterwards I would LOVE to hear from you. I really need to hear stories like those right now. :)

P.s. If you could keep breakup related comments off my social media for the time being that would be wonderful. I haven't shared the news with everyone yet and would rather they hear it from me personally. x

 
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Sunday, 12 June 2016

Snap Happy Sunday // My "Earthlings Experience".



About a month ago now I was given the opportunity through the Townsville Vegans group to put aside my ego for the day and do something selfless and beneficial for the animals, humans and our planet. Standing united, but anonymous, at the local university with such a beautiful group of people and a powerful message was an absolute honour and pleasure. Our message was brutally honest and wasn't sugarcoated in the slightest, so I am so glad that the University was respectful enough to let us deliver this message despite the graphic nature. :)









The next time you come across a group of activists "protesting" in public, please don't be afraid to stop and listen to their message. I promise you they are not there to scare or intimidate you. They do not think that they are better than you. They simply wish to educate, raise awareness and ultimately create a better life for you. :)

Thank you to Samara for organising this great event, and to Dela for the awesome photos! x

 
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