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

Easy makeup brush and sponge cleaning

Hi, how are you?

Every 2 months I like to clean my makeup brushes and my sponge, hope it’s enough time between them, although there’s several dedicated products on the market that you can easily get from your local beauty store or online I use normal family soap that I got from Aldi and a soap dish.

I’ve also used baby shampoo before but its no match to the clinging power of foundation.

How to clean your brushes:

  1. Wet your brush in luke warm water and brush it against the soap bar a couple of times. You might notice that immediately the soap starts to melt the old makeup off.
  2. Work the soap in to the bristles with your fingers.
  3. Brush it against a brush cleaning pad or in this case a ridged soap dish like the one in the pictures.
  4. Rinse the brush and repeat the steps above until its all nice and clean.
  5. Leave to dry on the side of bathtub so that the bristles aren’t touching the surface or they might end up shaped to it.

Wait a day or two to dry completely.

Tip: don’t leave the brushes to dry in a cup as the water will infiltrate the core, this may result in to loose bristles, rust or rotten.

For the sponge its basically the same:

  1. Wet the sponge with luke warm water.
  2. Work the soap in by squeezing the sponge several times.
  3. Rinse it until the water comes out clean with a few squeezes, repeat as necessary.

Hope you liked today’s post, if you do or have any comments or questions please leave them below in the comments section.

Lots of love

Pearl x

Refreshing 

Hi,

Just finished refreshing the site’s layout.

Hope you enjoy it.

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

Cake – Flan aka The Impossible Cake recipe 

Hi, have you ever heard of the Impossible Cake? 

If not or if you want to have a go I’ve done it today and after 2 hours there’s not much left.


Cake:

2 eggs

1 cup of sugar

2 Tbsp of butter

1/2 cup of chocolate powder 

1 cup of flour

1tsp of baking powder 

Mix in the blender or food processor the eggs, sugar, butter and chocolate, pour in to a bowl and blend in your flour and baking powder. 

Flan:

2 eggs

1 can of condensed milk 

1 cup of milk

Blend in the blender or food processor.

The impossible factor:

Caramelise a tin of choice, you can do it in a bread loaf tin as well.

Pour the cake batter first and carefully pour the flan mix over it. 

Place tin in bain-marie and pop in the oven at 180c for 40 minutes.

After cooking, set aside to cool completely before flipping to a serving plate. 

What happens is that while cooking the mixtures swap places, the cake batter rises and the flan sinks this is due to the air in the cake batter. 

Hope you give it a go and let me know how it turned out. 

Lots of love 

Pearl x 

Fighting for my dreams 

Hi, I’m studying for my ILM qualification so today’s post will be postponed but I promise to compensate. 

Lots of love

Pearl x

Cocoanut truffles – easy recipe

Yes, you read it correctly, Cocoanut truffles recipe.

It’s an easy recipe but I should warn you that my truffle moulding skills aren’t very good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of condensed milk
  • 1/4 Tsp of coconut oil or 1 Tsp butter (salt up to you but it won’t be cocoanut anymore)
  • 2 Tsp of cocoa or chocolate powder (up to you)
  • Chocolate sprinkles for decorating

How to:

  1. Pour the condensed milk in to a pan in a medium heat
  2. Add coconut oil and cocoa or chocolate
  3. Keep in a medium heat and stir until the bottom of the pan starts to show and add another 5 cooking minutes
  4. Turn heat off and pour the mixture on to a greased surface and let it cool for a while
  5. When it’s at a temperature that you are comfortable with, roll small pieces in to balls and cover with the chocolate sprinkles
  6. Place each truffle in small cases to cool completely before serving

Being chic, oh my! – 7 Basic style tips

Hi everyone,

How are you today?

I don’t consider myself a stylish person and usually I only plan my outfits if it’s a special event and since I’m not in a profession where I have to deal directly with the customers, jeans and the company logo blouse became my uniform.

I often wear jeans and a comfy jumper over the weekend, like a second version of my work uniform and that was making me feel a bit frumpy. So I sat at the desk and did some research that I’m sharing with you today.

  • Anytime you have something tight on, you want to style it with something loose, skinny jeans with a looser/flowy top or fitted top with looser skirt like a maxi.
  • Try to mix casual with dressy, if you have a really dressy top try to pair it with jeans and/or trainers to add that casual statement to it and make the outfit versatile, personally I like a blazer/jeans/flats combo.
  • Monochromatic is OK if you feel that you can’t choose anything on that day, you know, that feeling of having nothing to wear kind of thing, you can also add a pop of colour to enhance a feature or just for plain fun.
  • If you are like me, a trainers girl, sometimes just swap them for flats or heels (depending of occasion) it completely changes your outfit and the way you look.
  • Pick a body part you like and try to draw attention to that, cleavage down to your belly button isn’t chic, if you want to show that much you should just go out with your bra on only, saves time and money. I know everyone is doing it on the red carpet but most of them have body tape under the dresses so a nipple doesn’t pop out to say hello.
  • Accessorize, doesn’t matter where you go put some accessory or accessories to it, a ring, some earrings, a bracelet, your watch, do love a watch and earrings.
  • Cape your blazer or jacket over the shoulders, looks cool.

I’ll be using these tips on my next shopping trip and do a follow up post.

Hope you’ve liked it and if you have any tips you would like to share please do so as I would love to hear from you.

Lots of love

Pearl x