Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pinterest and Instagram Updates for Autumn 2015

Big changes are underway from two of the leading social media platforms this autumn!
Instagram vertical photos; Pinterest save pins | Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

Have you been prompted to download the Instagram update on your phone yet? You might want to hurry and do it to take advantage of the biggest change to hit Instagram since Facebook bought the platform in 2012!

Instagram Allows Vertical Photos

You can now post vertical photos to your Instagram account! That's right, the days of being forced to shoot your photos in a boring square are now over. The update was rolled out on 26 August and has been making international business news on popular websites such as Time.

Only time will tell if people start flocking to the new vertical layout, or if it will feel too unlike Instagram for it to catch on, but one thing is certain: with Pinterest's natural inclination to portrait style photos (read why portrait photos work best on Pinterest), and now Instagram's adaptation of this layout, portrait photos will become increasingly important for marketing.

Monday, August 17, 2015

One Year On, New Ventures

Tomorrow, 18 August, marks one year since I stopped being a stay at home mom and full time food blogger. It's been a crazy, fun, exhausting transition, but one that I'm still extremely glad I made. A year ago, I thought only a few things would change; I wasn't prepared for the full-on change that came.

I'll be honest, keeping up with food blogging was tough. Suddenly, I went from sharing new recipes three times a week and posting five times a week, to barely getting three posts out a month. And I miss(ed) it. So I had to do some big thinking. Some hard thinking. And some compromising.

And I've decided that since I couldn't manage one blog and a full time job, I'd try to juggle two! Not entirely correct, although there's a bit of earnestness in that statement. Let me clarify:

Anyonita Nibbles isn't going anywhere. I'll still be here posting and sharing recipes and product and restaurant reviews with you because, a girl's gotta eat. But I won't commit to doing it anywhere near the frequency I once was.

I'll be honest: the amount of time required to develop, test, photograph and write up original recipes whilst still juggling a full time job, being a mommy and a wife, is more than any of us are allotted in a day. Hell, it's more than we get in two days. It's a lot of work. And I can't swing it.



So, I'm easing the pressure. I'll probably post here weekly or every two weeks. That's my goal. In the meantime, you can find me over on my new venture: www.plussizelife.co.uk, where I'm writing a lifestyle, food, fashion and travel blog for curvy women. The blog has an emphasis on self-acceptance and self-love. It's a feel-good project and I think it's going to go well.

Visit me on both and be sure you keep in touch!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Riverford's Spring Chicken: A Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Recipe

A succulent and tender gluten free chicken dish with fresh vegetables in a delicate broth!
Riverford's Gluten Free Spring Chicken on www.anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

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Spring Chicken

Let me introduce you to Riverford. Riverford is a food delivery service, providing organic, farm fresh food straight to your door. Along with the food, you'll get really yummy recipes and a handy glossary of veg, a guide to Riverford and a pamphlet of recipes for upcoming boxes.

Chicken browned and ready to bake following Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's recipes on anyonita-nibbles.co.ukI've tried food delivery services before, but none have impressed me as much as Riverford has. It's the quality of the ingredients and how much thought they've put into their boxes. Everything arrives neatly packed, the recipes are appetising, easy to follow and great for storing and keeping. My box featured the ingredients and recipes for three of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's dishes and they were equally delicious!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Amira's Jewelled Persian Rice with Pomegranates, Walnuts & Parsley

Review of fruity and nutty Persian jewelled rice dish with cranberry and walnut from Amira!
Amira's Jewelled Persian Rice with Pomegranates,Walnuts & Parsley from Anyonita Nibbles Gluten Free

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Jewelled Persian Rice with Pomegranates, Walnuts & Parsley

We're big rice eaters; it's definitely one of our staples. Recently, I've become completely enthralled with Middle Eastern cooking and am enjoying being swept up in the rhapsodic flavours of spice mixes like ras-el-hanout and rediscovering the juicy sweetness of plump Medjool dates and figs. So when a PR rep got in touch to ask if I'd be interested in reviewing Amira Superior Aromatic Rice by recreating a Persian rice recipe, I leapt at the chance!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

A Night at Clevedon Hall & Dining with Chef Alan Jones

I review the luxurious wedding venue cum conference centre & boutique hotel as well as a stunning four course meal from Chef Alan Jones!

The Buzzard Room at Clevedon Hall Review from Anyonita Nibbles Gluten Free

The weekend of my birthday, I was invited to visit Clevedon Hall, a stunning manor house in North Somerset. The weekend promised to be a wonderful experience--spending some time in a historic property and trialing food by the renowned chef Alan Jones. I'll be honest, while I was excited about the opportunity to review such a beautiful hotel, wedding venue and conference facility, I was most ecstatic about trying Chef Alan's food.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Kiwi, Lime & Pineapple Tropical Smoothie

A healthy fruit smoothie with a tropical, fruity kick!
Kiwi, Lime & Pineapple Tropical Smoothie by Anyonita Nibbles Gluten Free
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Kiwi and Pineapple Smoothie

Kiwi, Lime & Pineapple Tropical Smoothie

Smoothies are fantastic ways to inject some healthy fruit and veg into your life. The idea for this smoothie came when I was reminiscing about lime sherbet--you know that classic punch served at every wedding in America? That's what this tastes like, but without the unhealthy sherbet!  It's also a great way to use up some leftover fruits before they go off.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Gluten Free Sun-dried Tomato and Bacon Chicken with Basil and Feta in an OXO Good Grips Pan

Salty, sweet, rich and moreish, this gluten free chicken dish will be a family favourite!
Gluten Free Sun-dried Tomato & Bacon Chicken with Basil and Feta from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

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Gluten Free Sundried Tomato and Bacon Chicken with Feta and Basil

Butterfly chicken breast. The easiest way to ensure juicy chicken and one of the first ways I learned how to make chicken breast. In the Art Deco kitchen of one of the Quad residence halls on the UNCG campus my sophomore year at uni, my roommate stands over a plate with a fruit knife, nearly halving chicken breasts. Although her technique was amateurish, the chicken was incredible and it surely one of the best things ever to come out of a college dorm.

Gluten free sun-dried tomato and basil chicken dish from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Gluten Free Salted Caramel & Cacao Macarons

Made with Creative Nature's cacao powder, these chocolate macarons are filled with luscious salted caramel for an indulgent, gluten free treat!

Gluten Free Salted Caramel & Cacao Macarons from Anyonita-Nibbles.co.uk

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Gluten Free Salted Caramel & Cacao Macarons

Cacao is the raw ingredient chocolate is made from and is one of the most chemically complex foods known to man. For this recipe, I used Creative Nature's cacao powder, an organic powder ground from the popular Criollo beans. The thing I love most about cacao powder is that you still get a lovely chocolatey taste without the usual concerns associated with chocolate.

Creative Nature's Cacao Powder from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

#tastytuesdays 101 + 4 Gluten Free Desserts

It's Coeliac Awareness Week! I'd love it if you shared your gluten free recipes at this party today!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Coeliac Week 2015 + Gluten Free Afternoon Tea with Udi's

Enjoy a classic afternoon tea the gluten free way with Udi's Gluten Free food!
Gluten-free Afternoon Tea with Udi's from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk
Thank you to Udi's for providing ingredients for this post.
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Gluten Free Afternoon Tea with Udi's

Afternoon tea is such a decadent and indulgent treat. It's a time for sumptuous sandwiches, delicious desserts and a hearty brew. By nature, sandwiches and sponge cake are chock full of gluten. Finding a coeliac-friendly tea is pretty hard to come by, so instead, I've partnered with Udi's to showcase some of their amazing products and develop recipes suitable for any gluten free afternoon tea.

Table styled for a gluten free afternoon tea from Anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

I'll be sharing recipes for gluten free vanilla cake with salted caramel frosting and two gluten free sandwich recipes: grilled paneer and sun-dried tomato and smoked salmon and cucumber. I served the three of these with fresh strawberry lemonade, English breakfast tea and Udi's gluten free lemon wafers.