RECIPE | Slow-cooked bean chilli

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I toyed with the idea of calling this ‘slow’ not just ‘slow-cooked’ because of all the soaking that goes on beforehand.  But trust me, it’s worth it.

Like it’s meaty counterpart, there are loads of things you can do with a bean chilli. Burritos, yep. Tacos, yes, please. Teaming it with rice and quinoa bowls, jalapenos and avocado, yum. Or as the showstopper in a feast with pico de gallo salsa, homemade guacamole, harissa and the best tortillas you can get your hands on… The possibilities are endless. Continue reading “RECIPE | Slow-cooked bean chilli”

RECIPE | Crispy Tofu Noodle Bowls

As part of my vegan month, my main aims are to learn how to cook with plant-based ingredients. I’ve already come up with my version of a plant-based spag bol, but next on my list was tackling tofu.

I got some great advice from my friend Jessie via the wonderful means of Instagram. And some great advice it was… Continue reading “RECIPE | Crispy Tofu Noodle Bowls”

RECIPE | Rich Lentil Bolognese (vegan-friendly)

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What do you want from a bolognese recipe? It’s still very much a staple meal at home, so I was desperate (as part of Veganuary) to come up with my own  plant-based version that is just as rich and comforting as the meaty version. I think I’ve nailed it.

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What is a flexitarian? Someone who *actually* eats a varied diet?

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This week, I reached an all time, millennial-hipster high.

I used my Keep Cup to earn me a discount on my flat whites (because plastic cups are the enemy). I worked as a freelancer from a shared, city centre work space (because office-based working isn’t for me hence why I quit my job to travel). And I went to IKEA to buy succulents (’cause apparently I find comfort and satisfaction in caring for squidgy, spiky green plants).

My eating habits got decidedly hipster this week, too.

I heard the term ‘flexitarianism’ a few times last year and at first I thought what a load of millennial, hipster rubbish. But one week into Veganuary (I want to learn more plant-based cooking) and I realise, I actually am a true ‘flexitarian…’ but what the hell does that mean?! Continue reading “What is a flexitarian? Someone who *actually* eats a varied diet?”

Popular Posts of 2017

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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…  Continue reading “Popular Posts of 2017”

RECIPE | Curry Noodle Soup (Khao Soi)

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So this is my first blog post in a while, soz guys. I’ve been a bit preoccupied. Christmas is crazy, isn’t it? But so worth it, as I think I actually just had the best Christmas ever.

But after alllllll the turkey, the pigs in blankets, the stodgy leftovers, I needed something spicy and full of veg. So I looked back to my time in Thailand as a trusty source of inspiration. And it didn’t fail me… Continue reading “RECIPE | Curry Noodle Soup (Khao Soi)”

Enzo | Pizza for Breakfast in Manchester City Centre

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Enzo, Manchester, 20 Fountain Street, M2 2AA.

Last weekend I joined some other bloggers for brunch at Enzo in Manchester’s city centre. This place is an absolute (kind of hidden) gem. It’s literally just off Market Street, behind Primark, which makes it the perfect stop off for breakfast, lunch or dinner if you’re hitting the shops. Their coffee is lush too, I had my usual soy flat white and it was perfect. But it was the brunch menu that really had me intrigued! Continue reading “Enzo | Pizza for Breakfast in Manchester City Centre”

How To Do A Cheap Weekend In London

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I’ve toyed with the idea of living in London a couple of times in my life.

It’s so expensive. But all the good stuff is there.

It’s overcrowded. But it’s exciting.

I’d have to live in a rip-off, teeny-tiny flat. But that could be fun. Continue reading “How To Do A Cheap Weekend In London”

Eggie Crumpets with Marmite and Feta

I can’t express how much I love crumpets. And my absolute go-to is always to have them toasted (so the bottom is crispy) then smothered in Lurpak, then Marmite.

But, I wanted to come up with a recipe that’s a little bit more special. Perhaps, dare I say, for Christmas morning. 🎄🍴 Continue reading “Eggie Crumpets with Marmite and Feta”

Review | The Inn, South Stainley, Yorkshire

There’s the little place up north, nestled in between Harrogate and Ripon, called South Stainley. No, I’d never heard of it either, but I guess I wouldn’t have, as I don’t venture north of Manchester very often.

There are lots of fields and greenery and cosy, country pubs and inns. There’s wildlife and great scenery and did I mention, lots of lovely pubs?

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