Hi Beautiful,

It has been a while since I posted up a recipe for you all.

Since posting the video above , this Shepherd’s pie has been highly requested so here it is:

(I know the video doesn’t match the recipe down below but I forgot to bring the recipe with me, so I tried to quickly write it down by memory haha but trust me this one here is more flavourful and better haha)

If you decide to make it let me know how it turned out ๐Ÿ™‚

(also if you are a total beginner at cooking, I have done my best to make the instructions as detailed as possible, but just know this might take you a little longer than an hour and 10minutes to make.)

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VEGAN LENTIL SHEPHERD’S PIE

Warm and hearty, Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with lots of veggies and a mix of white and sweet potatoes for topping. You will love this Plant based version.
Author:            SKY CHRISTINA
PREP TIME:    40 minutes
COOK TIME:   30 minutes
TOTAL TIME:  1 hour 10 minutes (beginners: 1 hour 30 minutes)
Servings:         8
Category:        Dinner
Cuisine:           Vegan, Plant based, No added sugars

Ingredients

( you will need a large casserole dish, measuring cups, foil and pots for this recipe)

TOPPINGS

  • 0.75LB White potatoes ( I use Maris pipers)
  • 0.75LB Sweet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (plant milk)
  • Pinches of Sea Salt (optional)
  • Pinches of Thyme (optional)

FILLING

  • 3/4 cup Lentils. (can mix red/ green)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped Carrots
  • 1/2 chopped Red Onion
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 cup chopped Spinach
  • 2 cup sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/4 tsp Thyme
  • 2 tbsp Whole flour
  • 1-2 cups Veggie broth
  • 1/2 cup Sweetcorn
  • 1/2 cup Peas
  • 1 tsp All purpose seasoning ( add more of less depending on what you like)
  • 1 tsp Sea salt ( add more of less depending on what you like)

Instructions

  1. Start with boiling all your potatoes in a Large pot, to do this slice all potatoes in half and place in pot, fill with cold water up till it is just covering the potatoes. Cook on high heat until starts to bubble and boil, turn down to a medium/ low heat and boil until soft (roughly for 15 -20 minutes).
  2. Place Lentils in a pot with 2 1/2 cups of water and boil for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Preheat over to Gas mark 5 (375F)
  4. While everything is boiling take this time to chop up your vegetables if you haven’t already. Then get another large pot and heat the Coconut oil up on a medium heat, add the carrots, onion, garlic, spinach, mushrooms, all purpose seasoning, sea salt and thyme and simmer till vegetables are soft.
  5. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of flour onto your vegetables and mix, cook this for about a minute and add the second spoon, mix and cook for another minute.
  6. Slowly mix in your Veggie broth to this to make a slightly gravy consistency. When your gravy is made add peas, sweetcorn and cooked lentils. Simmer this for another 5 minutes. (make sure the mixture is not dry, add a little more water if so)
  7. Grab your casserole dish and pour in the Veggie gravy mixture.
  8. Grab your large pot of boiled potatoes and pour out excess water. Add Unsweetened Almond milk and mash together.
  9. Once mash is free of lumps (unless you like your mash lumpy..) spread evenly onto your Veggie gravy mixture in the casserole dish. Cover with foil and place into the middle shelf of your oven. Bake for 25 minutes. Once 25 minutes is up, safely remove foil and place casserole dish back in oven on the top shelf for 5-8minutes.(until mash has slightly browned)
  10. Now your food is ready sprinkle on top salt and Thyme (optional) and serve.

Notes

You can store this for up to around 3 days and reheat with a little water, so it doesn’t dry out.

Oh wow Guys and girls and everyone in between!

๐Ÿ˜€ I literally just completed a very challenging fitness challenge, that in no way did I believe I would ever do. – Ah!

Check out my journey here in this 2 part vlog I made :


I have really been struggling to do even some of the most basic of things like standing and walking and going up and down stairs…. The pain I talked about in the video was a nightmare. I really had to push myself to get this done.

And now I feel absolutely amazing! – I have tons of energy – even my butt looks different haha

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( screenshots from the 2 videos)

– and I even gained 2+% muscle in one week – not sure if thats really good but wow! still a win for me.

I am currently in the process of starting a new challenge… but that doesn’t mean I have stopped the squats – I plan to continue them on but just do 30-50 per day to add to my new challenge workout….

I feel like I can do a lot more now and I am so happy I did it.

I really am looking forward to my progress – I just want to be stronger , able to carry my own body weight with ease and shed some fat %.

I hope you enjoyed the video or at least felt some inspiration to do more for yourself.

Do you think you could do 100 squats for 7 days?

If yes, why aren’t you doing it right now?!!?

hehe

Love and light x

Christina Sky

My life is just doing something amazing right now.

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I have a dream …

That one day I could… simply put… live off the land.

No longer did I want to rely on the super market to provide me with all my produce. No longer did I want to accidentally consume chemicals (e.g pesticides), and so much more…

I dreamed of a day where I could walk out into my own garden in the morning or evening and pick what I needed from the plants and enjoy my fresh meal, just like that.


However I have always lived my life in small flats with my family, with no garden and very small balcony spaces.


Two years ago, in 2016 I decided I wanted to kick off this dream by growing what I could in the small space that I had. I took in a few small houseplants at first, I really fell in love with cactuses and succulents.

I then moved over to Shoreditch for a short while where I began to take in and care for some larger house plants, which…I kind of killed or nearly killed most of them now. uh sorry… I was not a fit mother please don’t hate me.


But I wasn’t going to let a few failed attempts stop me from achieving my dream, so I started growing produce like potatoes , spinach, tomatoes, etc. I loved it, but for some reason in Shoreditch the air where I was living was super dusty and my plants kept contracting mites/ aphids , bugs… No matter what I did they always came and devoured my plants, it did stress me out for the longest time and made me feel like I just didn’t have the green finger and I contemplated giving up and just having 1 or 2 house plants instead.

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Time went on and eventually I moved back home with my family and we were in a new flat with a front balcony space and not much else.

I asked my mum if I could use that space to grow plants and she was delighted to have me grow plants there. (even when i started all the neighbours were telling us how nice it all was and started growing stuff of their own. I love that!:D )

I have to say, I am not the richest person in the world so at the beginning it was all pretty bare and nothing much was going on for the longest while. Over time I went to places like B&Q to shop the plant sales , I visited places like wilkos or searched the internet for hours for the cheapest tools , even hunted the streets and I went to a few nurseries to get cheap baby plants and seeds so I didn’t have to spend so much money on fully grown plants .

This did make my job harder, as I had to teach myself a lot about how to grow from seed and care for the plants in all seasons, but this was really worth it because now I have a much bigger understanding of a wide array of plants and their growing cycles.


Again , I was doing better than before but I did kill a lot. Even recently I killed a ton of plants that I had spent a lot of money on because we had a very frosty cold winter….which hasn’t happened in years, I believed they would be fine out there and then it snowed – that meant game over…


When Spring came along this year I had to rid the space of all the dead… I was back to near empty. A little sad but still undefeated. (At least all my house plants were still alive and healthy)


I took my booty down to the nursery again to purchase a bunch of plants and since then I have collected a few more along the way.

It has most definitely been a hot spring and summer…the hottest ….and to be honest I think the plants absolutely love it.


Currently my house plants and balcony garden is flourishing!

After lots of trial and error, I’ve almost figured out what they all like. .

I’m actually really happy about all this green because recently I have decided to take this path/dream more seriously and go to college to study horticulture ( I got in!haha ) This is going to make a big jump in my current knowledge and really help me in future.


๐Ÿ˜ I start September yay!๐Ÿ˜„.

I also found a person nearby, as well, who’s offering up their massive garden so I can grow my crops all year round.๐Ÿ’šโœŒ

– This is a little crazy for me as I have never worked in a garden space, I’m literally going to have plants growing in the ground omg! .. This could either go really badly or absolutely amazing. I’m sure my course will help me out. (still deciding whether i should take it on right now though)


Another crazy thing thats happening is that in the winter the tree I told you I was adopting is coming! (It’s gonna be 2 years of nonstop watering to make it as big and strong as the giants surrounding it but it’ll be all worth it when I have a  healthy beautiful tree, that can live maybe 100-300 years and I can indulge in all the amazing fruits – still got to decide what tree to get -please help me with suggestions ๐Ÿ˜…).


I honestly thought , for the longest time, that I was only going to be able to grow a few bits on my small balcony and now suddenly all these opportunities are happening and my dream to live off of fresh foods that I grew myself is becoming a reality ๐Ÿ˜.

I put out my dream into the world and here I am making it a reality ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜


FREEDOM!

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Its actually so weird how life has played out, I never in my wildest dreams would have thought I would be growing plants and learning about plants… its a very weird reality for me right about now.

Which fruit tree do you think I should grow? I want to try something different and exotic that can grow in UK …๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”


Love and Light

Christina Sky

x

My Doctor didn’t believe my pain. Living life as a victim.| SKY CHRISTINA

Exactly what I have been going through since I had surgery in 2015.
( I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in October 2014, I had surgery in 2015 and was left with lots of complications such as endometriosis – i never even had period pain before so this was a shock to the system and i cannot feel the side of my right thigh, which i was told was temporary due to anaesthesia, and chronic pain ETC. I would go into more details but I do not believe I am ready to share that right now so I am going to keep this post short. )
Every time I go to see the doctor they pass me along or say
“have you seen a psychologist – I think its all in your head”
or
“you will have to learn to live with this now and accept that you might be in pain for your whole life and you should come to terms with that…there is nothing we can do”. ๐Ÿ˜
They have no idea what is wrong with me, so I also have no idea whats wrong with me. you’d think if someone is struggling to walk, sleep or even sit up you would do more to help them.
Now I’m so against going to the doctor, I was so done with waiting around for others to fix/help me.
I spend my days strengthening myself and getting used to the pain and I have been researching, self educating and developing myself to be the healthiest I can be in hopes to relieve my pain.
Its almost been 4 years, and only now through helping myself – do I see that I can be in agonising pain and still live my life.
My message to you,
Do your best not to live your life as the victim forever,
( I know how hard it can be when its difficult to even physically move )
Take your time to recover as much as you can and eventually pick yourself up.
Turn that problem into a stepping stone,
That you can lay down to solidify a path to a stronger you.
Love and light x
Christina Sky

 

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I have most definitely been away from the modelling game for quite a few years now, and somehow I met up with an up and coming photographer ( @FACESPLACELACES ) and was able to just get right back into it.

 

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From the ages of 16 -19 years old I modelled part time, and loved it.

My dream was to be a high fashion model in big magazines, modelling for designer brands or modelling for artists across the world to deliver an incredible message.

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The jobs I worked were nothing big, even though I met a lot of big time celebrities at the time, but as I creeped closer to my 19th birthday I realised that in this day and age, I was never going to be a high fashion model.

I am 5″5 , with boobs and curves. At the time I could fit into size 8 clothes, but I was a size 10 – nowhere near what I needed to be to be a high fashion model. ( Haha I am a lot bigger than that now ) I needed to at least be 3-4 inches taller, I was getting bored of being casted for party scenes in high heels and revealing dresses, and t shirt companies that disappeared after the first shoot. So I decided that maybe it was time to end this career and I did.

Don’t get me wrong, I was offered big paying modelling jobs of up to 10-20k… but it would require me to have my breasts out. Glamour modelling… because of my body type.

 

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I look back and I realise that things have changed so much over the years since social media has come and now there is plus size modelling..( not that I am big enough to even do plus size modelling ) Girls with curves are jumping into the high fashion scene and the modelling industry is becoming more open, more real. Also photographers are more open minded about the models they add in their art.

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So last week I jumped up in my bed, popped my laptop open and thought, I need to just get out there and take some pictures. I applied for some castings and many photographers got back to me. I still got the odd few asking for nudity but I got tons more who were open and respected my boundaries.

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That is where these photos came along.

The moment I met @FACEPLACESLACES I immediately felt comfortable and jumped back into the model role, produced some incredible images and had an enjoyable time. @FACESPLACESLACES is an amazing photographer , as you can see, and you should definitely give him a follow and check out his other work on instagram or his website.

I definitely had quite a few insecurities/fears holding me back and I am glad I just did it, instead of telling myself I’m not good enough. It does help that times have changed and the industry is more accepting of more natural looking girls and guys, as it helped give me a boost of confidence ( I feel like I have a chance now to do something I love without feeling pressured to drop my standards ) I have also now booked other shoots and am looking forward to doing more in future with some incredible artists.

So my message to you is, when you feel the time is right, make sure you adjust yourself mentally and just take the dive ( or take small steps towards your goal – which ever way you feel you can handle …but do not just stand still because no one will pick you up and carry you to your goal )

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Love and light x

Christina Sky

 

( More pictures from this shoot coming soon – follow my instagram @SKYCHRISTINA to see them first )