Veggie Ragu with a twist

Hi, how are you today?

Found this recipe on Instagram from an account called My Meatless Meals, tried it but did a few adjustments as I preferred a different combination.

Ingredients:

  • 2tbsp chopped garlic
  • 200g diced onion
  • 150g diced celery
  • 250g diced carrot
  • 300g diced shiitake mushrooms or 300g of soy – I used 150g of each
  • 1 cup vegetable broth or 1 cup of water and a vegetable stock melt
  • Salt
  • 1tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1tsp of dried oregano or basil if you prefer
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 can of well rinsed lentils
  • 1 cup of vegetable milk
  • Olive oil

How to:

  1. Drizzle olive oil in to the pot and add the garlic and onion and stir until softened
  2. Add celery, carrot and mushrooms or soy and stir fry for a few minutes.
  3. Add the vegetable stock and the spices and stir.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and the lentils and stir
  5. Add the vegetable milk and let it simmer for up to 15 minutes. 

Decorate if you wish too and serve it with cooked pasta of your choice.

I’ve divided mine in to take-away containers so I can freeze and reheat in the oven as I’m not the proud owner of a microwave, you can find the containers in your local Poundland if you are from the UK.

Enjoy

Lots of love

Pearl x

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Vegetable garden update

Hi, how are you?

My vegetables are growing and I’m really excited about it, can’t stop myself from getting more seeds although I’m running out of space. 

Need to find a solution fast, any ideas? 


From right to left potatoes, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots and basil. 

See you later.

Lots of love 

Pearl x

Vegetable garden 

Hi, how are you today? Me and mr. Parker have been working on our vegetable garden for a few weeks now and this Saturday the landlord came over and replaced the decking so it looks really smart. 

We want to grow as many vegetables as we can in our little garden and make really good food that I promise to share with all of you. 

So far we have planted: tomatoes, peppers, chilly peppers, chard, salad leafs, carrots, challots, beans, strawberries, cucumbers, pumpkins, lambs lettuce, lettuces, leeks, rhubarb, cabbages and I’m sure i’m forgetting something. 

Would love to read your opinions, suggestions and comments below.

And have a Happy Easter weekend wherever you are and whatever your beliefs. Just share the chocolate. 

Lots of love 

Pearl x

Millionaire’s Shortbread – updated and faster version.

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How are you today?

After the home success (by home I mean Mr Parker ate it all in 2 days) that I had with my recipe for a fast and easy Millionaire’s Shortbread I’m sharing with you the updated version.

Enjoy:)

3 pack of shortbread biscuits of 160 gr each

60 gr of unsalted butter or mashed avocado

1 or 2 cans of Cooked Caramel from Nestle

3 chocolate bars (I prefer dark and white chocolate mix)

1 roasting tin 28 cm x 23 cm x 5 cm

Baking paper to line the tin

Glass bowl

Sauce pan

Toothpick

Here we go:

  1. Blitz the shortbread biscuits to fine sand in a food processor, if you don’t have one just place them in a plastic bag and beat them with a rolling-pin, don’t beat the life out of it or the bag will tear and you’ll end up with shortbread all over the kitchen ah ah ah, it happen to me.
  2. Add the melted butter and mix it until you have a paste (biscuit base like the one for cheesecake), once again if you do not have a food processor just do it in a bowl.
  3. Line you tin with the paper and pour in the biscuit base.
  4. Spread the mix all around the tin so it’s even and flatten it with a spoon (little trick is to have the spoon in hot water for a few minutes).
  5. Let it cool in the fridge for 20 minutes.
  6. Get your cooked caramel can and pour over the biscuit base, spread evenly and place in the fridge for at least an hour (I leave it for at least four no matter the recipe).
  7. Break your dark and/or milk chocolate in to the glass bowl and place it in the sauce pan with some water to melt but make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water or it will recook the chocolate and make it lose its shine.
  8. At the same time in another bowl break the white chocolate and melt it in the same way you did for the darker chocolates.
  9. After the setting period of the caramel and once the chocolate has melted pour the darker one over the caramel and swivel around so it covers all of the caramel.
  10. Pour the white chocolate over the darker one in patches and use the toothpick to swirl it around and create a marble effect.
  11. Leave to cool off completely so you can cut it to pieces, about 12 pieces.
  12. Store in the fridge as much as possible in a plastic container.

Hope you liked it

Lots of love

Pearl x

Blueberry muffins – healthier version

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Blueberry muffins

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons of mashed avocado at room temperature

3 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups sugar, plus more for sprinkling or 1 cup of maple syrup

1 large egg

2 large egg yolks

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup milk

1 3/4 cups blueberries

 

How to:

Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a muffin tray with paper cases (about 12) and set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl mix mashed avocado and maple syrup with an electric mixer on medium speed until blended for about 2 to 3 minutes.

Add egg, egg yolks, and vanilla; mix until well combined.

Reduce speed to low; alternate adding reserved flour mixture and milk to mix, beginning and ending with flour.

Gently fold in berries by hand.

Divide batter among muffin tins, you can use an ice-cream scoop to divide the batter evenly

Sprinkle generously with sugar

Bake until light golden, about 45 minutes for large muffins, about 30 minutes for small muffins.

Cool in tin for 15 minutes.

Remove from tin; transfer to wire rack, and let cool completely.

Enjoy

Lots of love

Pearl xx

January skin and a brownie twist

Hi,

Skin favourites

How are you today?

January has been quite harsh on me, specially on my skin, I can tell you that for most of the month I haven’t worn much make up, the cold has done some damage leaving my skin dry and flaky, which means that every time I put on foundation it looks cakey and scary.

To avoid and/or treat your skin use a good moisturiser that will rehydrate your skin and help it preserve its moisture, i’m using the Eau Thermale Avene Hydrance Optimale Riche with their soothing eye cream. Of course you must combine this with drinking lots and lots of water.

Also, be very careful when exfoliating, the skin is damaged enough so use a simple formula and be gentle when doing it as it could cause more damage and be aware of water temperature, if you come in from the cold for a warming shower don’t use water that is too hot so you don’t cause a temperature shock that will break the structure of your skin.

Finally, be careful with your hands and feet, keep them well moisturised and get yourself a nice pair of gloves and socks or thermal socks if it gets too cold, because I walk to work every day when it gets too cold I take my thermals and change to thinner ones when I get to the office. For my hands I use the hand balm from Superdrug that it’s my favourite hand cream and for my feet I use E45 cream before bed and in the morning.

And now for the brownie twist, two weeks ago I posted a recipe for healthy chocolate brownies, I’ve made them again last night and I added a tsp of chopped mint leaves and instead of sprinkling the chocolate chips on top I mixed them into the batter. The mint cancelled out the taste of the coconut flour and enhanced the taste of the cocoa, needless to say that these brownies taste even better and you get a chocolatey crunchiness from the chips.

And that’s all for today, I’m going to finish my bathroom that me and Mr Parker started last week.

Lots of love

Pearl

2 Months after the quitting game

Hello,

It’s been 2 months since I decided it was time to quit smoking.

Have I done it? Yes

Was it hard? Yes

Do I crave it? Everyday, sometimes I get quite anxious and have to walk away from whatever is trigging the craving and when I can’t do it that’s when I go for the chocolate or biscuits or whatever is for grabs.

I’ve gained half a stone in the process, but to be honest I already knew that It would happen.

On the other hand, I feel a lot better, food tastes better, my skin, hair, nails and teeth look better, I don’t get short winded as easy as I used to and there’s a few extra pounds in the bank every month.

Now I’m ready to start another battle, losing the weight I gained in the last 2 months.

Care to join me?

Lots of love

Pearl