Well, the time is here. The end of the year, and what a year it’s been!
I think (give or take) this has been the best year yet for me. Both personally, and professionally. Because of that, my blog has taken a bit of a hit, but I got big plans for 2018: more recipes, reviews and foodie rambles with a flexitarian focus (yes, I’m that hipster) and just generally more of me being me. You know you love it 😇
Read on for a quick round-up of Sophie’s Scran best bits of 2017…
I could do a big round-up of whether or not I met all my life goals for the year. But the truth is, I spent half the year backpacking southeast Asia and India, and the second half of the year building a sweet-ass freelance career… So all in all, I think I’ve done pretty well, even if I didn’t smash absolutely everything on my list.
I’ve rounded up my blog post highlights according to my analytics’ most popular content. Let me know if there’s any you enjoyed which I’ve missed!
Recipes and collaborations
A recipe I learnt in Thailand for this lush, veggie, Thai Massaman curry proved to be my most popular recipe. Taught by a crazy, Canadian chef called Rob, including a trip to the market to pick up all the ingredients, it really was a great experience.
If you missed it, catch my Thai Massaman Curry recipe here!
My second most popular recipe was this lush Southeast Asian-inspired brunch! Or, nasi goreng if you’re familiar with its Indonesian name. I loved this dish so much my mates made me buy a t-shirt which said “Peace, Love, and Nasi Goreng”! Then when I got back, avocado and eggs on toast just didn’t cut it, so I decided to bring a bit of Asia into your Sunday morning brunches! You are welcome 😉
Recipe here: Southeast Asian inspired brunch.
Next up was a very pretty and deliciously tasty collaboration with M&S Food. To celebrate the launch of their new store in Crewe, they sent Sophie’s Scran some items from their Autumn/Winter range to sample… The post also served as a great opportunity to test my food photography skills. Here are the highlights (WARNING: best enjoyed in your PJs just before a chilled night on the sofa).
Read all about eating in your PJs with M&S Food, here!
Sophie’s Scran wouldn’t be complete without a good old rambling update about my life now, would it? The three posts below have proved very popular indeed in 2017. So watch out for more of this next year, you asked for it!
My emotionally-charged Why I Quit My Job To Travel (And Eat) gained so much traction, and rightly so. It’s pretty raw, and very from the heart. And I definitely cried a bit whilst writing that one. If you didn’t catch it, you can do so here:
Quite the opposite with the next one, but my ‘Life After Backpacking’ post got loads of hits and really helped me make sense of my situation once I’d returned to “normality” after 6 months away from home! Check it out here:
I ended up writing three posts about my 30-day booze detox, a sort of beginning, middle and end if you like. A surprising amount of people on Twitter had a strong opinion about me doing this, which lead to some great debates… That’s what Twitter is for, right?! The first of three updates is here:
And finally, with the hindsight of so much travel behind me, I was able to put together some pretty cracking travel posts too. The three most popular are listed below, starting with my Best Places to Eat In Bali. This is a pretty touristy place, which sucks at times, but there are gems to be found! Give it a read here:
Another popular topic has been all the stuff I’ve written about eating less meat, veganism and flexitarianism, like my Why I Eat Veggie post. But in terms of travel, my post about the best vegan dishes in India must have hit a sweet spot, it got so many hits on Pinterest I could not believe it!
If you missed it, the full post is here: Best vegan dishes in India
So, there you have it! The best bits of 2017 from yours truly, Sophie’s Scran.
I hope you’ve had the best year ever, and if it’s not been, we’re about to embark on a brand new one so things will get better! I wish you all the happiness and success you wish for in the New Year. You deserve it 🧡
Thanks so much for reading, love, Sophie x