Changes 

Hi, how are you?

I haven’t been posting lately as some changes occurred in my life and I needed to get them sorted. So, in the next few weeks I’ll get back to normal schedule and maybe some more. 

Thanks 

Lots of love 

Pearl x 

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Easy Vegetarian Sausage Casserole

Hi, how are you?

I like a good meat sausage casserole as long as it done with quality ingredients and with mash and veg on the side but I wanted to try vegetarian sausages as I heard that they were and I quote “really good”.

Got myself the usual ingredients but swapped the same amount of meat sausages for vegetarian ones (only found Quorn at Sainsbury’s ) and took about 10 minutes from the full cooking time. Used my massively heavy cast iron pot so I can do the prep in it and place in the oven straight from the hob which means less stuff for me to wash .

To make the sausage casserole just get a pack from Colman’s or another brand you prefer and follow the instructions, I was a bit afraid of doing this and ruining the sausages as I didn’t know if both sausages and seasoning pack would work together, but it did and it smelled and tasted delicious.

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Have a nice sunday and I’ll write soon as I have a couple of news and updates for you.

Lots of love

Pearl x

I’ve set up an email account 

Hi, how are you today?

I’ve set up an email account if anyone wants to contact me.

It’s pearlvonpeeps@mail.com

Drop me a line sometime

Would love to hear from you

Lots of love 

Pearl 

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

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