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During the autumn and winter months especially, I like to have a hot lunch before I head out into the cold. Cully & Sully is a brand which I recently discovered. I have had the pleasure of trying their soups and it is safe to say that I am a big fan. Cully & Sully's soups are perfect for those who don't have much time to cook but still want a nutritious, delicious and homely meal. The soups only take a few minutes in the microwave (or you can heat them up on the hob if you have time!) and they have a range of flavours to opt for! They are also Gluten Free!

To be completely honest, I have never been the biggest fan of tomato soup. I always found them to be way to 'tomatoey' - is that even a word? oh well, I'm sure you understand what I mean. However, within the first few sips of Cully & Sully's Creamy Tomato & Basil Soup, I knew I was a converted tomato soup fan (of Cully's Mum's recipe anyway). What I loved most about this soup was that it didn't just taste like a load of blended tomatoes - it was creamy and velvety. The ingredients complimented each other (you can find the ingredients here) and together they created a delicious (not too tomatoey) tomato soup.

I like to add toppings to my soups, so for my Creamy Tomato and Basil soup I opted for a small dollop of Philadelphia, cheese, grated chilli, parsley and pepper which went perfectly.

When I think of soup, I automatically think of a chicken or vegetable soup so this combination of chicken and vegetable was divine! Unfortunately I have developed a cold and a sore throat so this was perfect for soothing my throat and clearing my sinuses! There is nothing more comforting when you are ill than a bowl of hot soup. For my toppings I opted for grated cheese, grated chilli and pepper!

I was very reluctant to try the Pea & Minty soup. I just couldn't imagine the taste, but nevertheless I was intrigued to try it! It was absolutely delicious! For toppings I added some bacon (as suggested on Cully & Sully's website) and it went so well with the soup!

Cully & Sully are Irelands most popular soup, but some of their soups are available in the UK in Tesco stores! I highly recommend you give them a try!

Cully & Sully soup flavours which are stocked in the UK:

  • Creamy Tomato and Basil
  • Pea & Mint
  • Vegetable
  • Chicken & Vegetable
  • Mushroom
  • Smoked Haddock and Salmon Chowder
Thank you to Cully & Sully for sending me the soups from their range as part of their #TheWayWeMakeIt campaign. I have thoroughly enjoyed them, especially as it is getting colder and I've had the sorest throat!

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. 
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A few weeks ago, my friend and I decided to go to Prezzo for dinner and a catch up. A number of restaurants opened towards the end of last year in Ipswich, including Prezzo (being an avid foodie, I'm yet to try a few out which I'm very disappointed in myself for). Neither of us had been before so we were both excited to try it out. We were also swayed by their amazing set menu that they had on offer at the time - three courses for just under £15!

We went on a Friday evening, and it was fairly quiet when we arrived, luckily we had booked a table because people were soon filling up the restaurant with a few being turned away due to the restaurant being so busy. As a major foodie, deciding what I want off of the menu (even with the menu being a set menu with only a few options to chose from) is a major struggle because I want everything.

We opted to start with crab cakes and I also ordered garlic bread. We both ordered the house white wine (along with diet coke's) which was lovely and it really complimented the crab cakes. I have been raving about the crab cakes ever since, they were gorgeous! When I think of crab cakes I imagine them as flat and round but these were shaped like balls and for me, the portion size was very generous. The crab cakes were served with garlic mayonnaise, mixed leaves and lemon. If you like fish, I highly recommend you try Prezzo's crab cakes! The garlic bread (which I didn't really need but my eyes are too big for my belly!) was also delicious. It wasn't too crispy or too soft.
For mains, my friend chose spaghetti with king prawns and I opted for spaghetti carbonara. I was blown away by how delicious the carbonara was. I felt like I had teleported to Italy, it was the best carbonara I have tasted to date (my Slimming World friendly version has nothing on Prezzo's unfortunately). Again, the portion size was very generous and I did struggle to finish it (that may be due to me having two starters..). But I would rather have too much than not enough!
Of course, I wasn't too full for dessert! We both opted for the honeycomb smash cheesecake which was topped with crunchy honeycomb pieces coated in chocolate. I love anything honeycomb so of course I loved this dessert. Desserts can be very touch and go in terms of it being too sickly but this dessert was just right!

The restaurant decor was stylish, sleek and contemporary and the service was fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Prezzo and I will definitely be returning. I am so impressed with the quality of all of the dishes that I had, especially as all three courses cost me under £15!

The Prezzo that we visited was Unit A3.2 Buttermarket Shopping Centre, St Stephens Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1DT. 
What is your favourite dish from Prezzo? I'd love to hear from you!

Please note: this is not a gifted experience or sponsored.

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Spaghetti Bolognese is one of those dishes that I will never get tired of and it is a major comfort dish of mine. Before I joined Slimming World, I never used to make my own sauces, I would just grab a ready made jar from the supermarket. But since joining Slimming World, it has helped me to experiment and create my own sauces from scratch and I love it! Putting together different seasonings and ingredients to create a delicious sauce excites me so much (probably more than it should).

I love a good dinner but sometimes I don't always feel like cooking a meal from scratch after a long day at uni. So what I love to do is batch cook! I batch cook sauces and meals and then put them in the freezer so they are ready to defrost and eat whenever I need them. Hardly any effort required yet you still get a tasty dinner!


- Musclefood Extra Lean Beef Mince (you can get £5 off orders over £25 
with code SOPHIE5), alternatively you can use 5% Fat Beef Mince
- Frylight
- Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
- 1 Chopped Onion
- 1 tbsp Tomato PureƩ
- 1 tsp of Worcestershire Sauce
-  A sprinkle of Salt and Pepper
- 1 Garlic Clove
- 1 tsp of Oregano
- A handful of fresh Parsley
- x2 Beef Stock Cubes (crumbled not mixed with water)
- 40g Reduced Fat Cheese (Healthy Extra A or 6 syns)

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to seasoning so alter the seasonings to your preference!


1. Place a large frying pan on a medium heat and a spritz of Frylight oil.
3. Increase the heat back up to medium and add the tin of chopped tomatoes, tomato pureƩ,
4. When the bolognese is nearly finished, cook the spaghetti and grate the cheese.
5. Once the sauce is thick, serve the spaghetti and top with the bolognese and cheese. 
2. Reduce the heat and add the onion, fry until the onion is translucent.
Worcestershire Sauce, garlic, oregano, parsley and beef stock cubes. Stir well and leave to simmer for
45 minutes (until the sauce becomes thick and rich).
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- Spaghetti
- Bacon (syn free with the fat removed)
- Chopped Mushrooms
- 37.5g of Philadelphia (1/2 HEA or 3 syns)
- 20g Reduced Fat Cheese (2/2 HEA or 3 syns)
- 1 egg (yolk separated from the white)
- Vegetable Stock Cube mixed with a small amount of water
- Dash of Salt and Pepper
- Sprinkle of Garlic Powder
- Sprinkle of Parsley
- Sprinkle of Oregano


1. Boil water in a saucepan (or frying pan if you like to cook your spaghetti like me) and cook the spaghetti. Drain once cooked and leave to the side.

2. In a frying pan, cook the bacon and mushrooms. Mix the Philadelphia, cheese and egg yolk in a bowl whilst the bacon and mushrooms are cooking.

3. Once the bacon and mushrooms are cooked, add the cooked spaghetti, vegetable stock, Philadelphia, cheese and egg yolk, along with the egg white and seasonings. Mix well and stir occasionally on a medium heat. Once the sauce begins to thicken, low the heat and keep stirring. 

4. Once the sauce is thick and creamy, your carbonara is ready to serve! Serve topped with parsley. If you find that the sauce has dried up a little just a bit more water before serving!

Carbonara is one of many of my favourite pasta dishes! I hope that you enjoy!

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- Handful of Spaghetti (who measures spaghetti?!)
- Musclefood Lean Chicken Meatballs
(for the Slimming Worlder's - 0.5 syns each)
P.s. you can get £5 off orders over £25 at Musclefood using my code SOPHIE5
- Can of Chopped Tomatoes
- x2 Chicken Stock Cubes
- 75g of Philadelphia Light (HEA or 6 syns)
- Frylight
- Chopped onion
- Spinach
- Chopped Red Pepper
- Dash of Salt and Pepper
- A sprinkle of Garlic
- A sprinkle of Oregano
- A sprinkle of Parsley
- A sprinkle of Paprika

I say a 'sprinkle' because if you follow me on my Instagram you will probably know that I don't like to measure! It's all about taste-testing and guesstimating!

This recipe serves one, however, if you are cooking for more just double the ingredients!


1. In a frying pan, spray Frylight and cook the onion, chopped red pepper and spinach together until the onion is see through, the red pepper is soft and the spinach is wilted.

2. Whilst the veg is cooking, boil a pot of water and cook the spaghetti and drain once cooked. 

3. Remove the onion and spinach and fry the meatballs until they are cooked through.

4. Once the meatballs are cooked, add the onion, red pepper and spinach along with the chopped tomatoes, Philadelphia, chicken stock cubes and the seasonings. Stir and leave to simmer until the sauce begins to thicken.

4. Once the sauce has thickened, add the cooked spaghetti and mix well. Serve topped with some more parsley!

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