Ultimate Tuna Melts + #GetHimFed 7

Friday, August 30, 2013

Day old baguette gets filled with luscious melted cheese and tuna in this classic sarnie recipe!
Ultimate Tuna Melts from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 2 adults; 1 toddler

Oh, the humble tuna melt. There's not any other sandwich quite like it. It's one of the rare instances when cheese and fish work together really well. (The other being a McDonald's filet-o-fish!)

Five Nights from the Packet | How to Make Box Meals Taste from Scratch from www.anyonita-nibbles.comThis is one of those classic sarnies that can be whipped up in a cinch. We almost always have tuna in our cupboard. It's useful for adding to pasta with tomato sauce or sprinkling over a salad or using a dip for Ritz crackers. When we're really in a pinch and need something quick either for lunch or dinner, this is a go-to dish.

All it requires is popping out to the shops for a fresh baguette. In the UK, all large supermarkets have bakeries and most of the small neighborhood ones do as well. There are four within a block of our flat, each selling a full-size baguette for less than £1 or $1.55!
 
With a bit of seasoning and a little bit of time in the broiler, you'll have a fantastic and fast sandwich for lunch or tea. If you're having it for your tea, add some sides such as onion rings and peas or chips, salad etc.

Keep reading for the recipe & the #GetHimFed party!

Standing Rigatoni Pie

Rigatoni receives a modern makeover with this fun and whimsical pasta dish!
Standing Rigatoni Pie from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 2 adults; 1 toddler
The thing that intrigued me and drew me into this dish was the peculiar way it's served. I must admit, I've never had pasta that was still standing. I was expecting this dish to be far more complicated than it was. To be honest, it doesn't take much longer than a rigatoni dish where the noodles are relaxing on their sides, instead of standing like gap-mouthed trout. 

Still, no one ever said that easy was synonymous with flavorless. Fact of the matter, this is one of the most flavorful and pasta dishes I've ever made or even tasted! It's perfect for busy weeknights or would be great on the weekends with a bit of help from the smaller-handed folk. Even my kid loved poking at the standing noodles before I poured the sauce over them!

Cooked rigatoni waiting for sauce from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Ingredients:

For the standing rigantoni pie
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 onion, diced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp basil
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp tomato paste
3 garlic cloves, mince
300g beef mince
500g dried rigatoni pasta
handfuls of 2 types of cheese

Instructions:

Standing Rigatoni Pie

  1.  Warm the olive oil in a skillet and brown the mince with onion, garlic, herbs and cayenne pepper. Cook until fragrant an the mince is browned.
  2. Add the tomatoes, sugar and tomato paste and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 200C/400F.
  4. Cook the pasta according to the instruction on the packet, but undercooking it slightly. (According to the my packet, the pasta needed 12 minutes, I boiled it for 9.)
  5. Strain the pasta and allow it to col enough to handle.
  6. Grease the sides of a 9-inch springform tin. Spread a thin layer of the tomato sauce on the bottom.
  7. Stand the pasta upright with one end on the tomato sauce layer. Tightly pack in each noodle.
  8. Spread over half of the remaining sauce, allowing some to fall inside and between  the rigatoni. 
  9. Sprinkle over a layer of cheese, covering the sauce. Spread the remaining sauce on top, followed by some more cheese.
  10. Bake until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes. Allow to stand two minutes before release the tin from the base.

Completed Staning Rigatoni Pie fromw ww.anyonita-nibbles.com

Passionfruit versus Adproval | The Battle of the Ad Providers

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Passionfruit versus Adproval | The Battle of the Ad Providers

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Welcome to the Blogging Crash Course! 

Helping you grow your blog into the powerhouse you know it can be!

Passionfruit versus Adproval | Should you stay or should you go? from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Last month, a huge bombshell was dropped in the blogging world. Passionfruit, the pioneering web ads provider, announced that come September 1, 2013, their free service would be discontinued. 

There was widespread panic, hands clutched heads, mouths hung agape, people fretted over the implications of such an announcement and what it would mean for the much loved swaps. It was mayhem as blogging forums were filled with queries, outrage and feelings of abandonment and betrayal. 

Now, with just a handful of days left before Passionfruit as we know it no longer exists, I want to take a look at the company, it's main rival, Adproval, and provide a bit of feedback on which ad provider might be the best option for your blog.


Grilled Chicken Tikka Mojito Chapatis Recipe

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Grilled chapatis get filled with succulent chicken tikka and a cool mojito sauce in this easy packet meal!
Grilled Chicken Tikka Mojito Chapti Wraps from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 2 adults

I was meant to be collecting a jar of mayonnaise from the shelf when I saw it: Zesty Mojito Sauce! Zesty Mojito Sauce?! Without question, it ended up in the shopping trolley alongside the mayo. I had no idea how I'd use it, but as we passed a pack of chapatis, a recipe--this recipe started to form in my mind.

Chapatis, from the perspective of a person of a non Indian or Pakistani background, resembles in texture and appearance, Mexican tortillas. Chapati, or roti, are unleavened breads popular in South Asian cuisine, often served with curries. The amazing thing about a chapati is that it's not just a bit of bread on the side. It's often used as a sort of edible spoon for scooping up bits of food. Check out this informative tutorial for how to eat with chapatis.

While I know that the any Indian or Pakistani readers might hang their head in shame and outrage at the gall of this post, I can't help but see these delightful round breads as tortillas! Blame it on my culinary upbringing, which was heavily-influenced by Mexican cuisine, but the fact remains: when I see a tortilla-shaped object, I just can't resist folding meat and sauce within it and eating it like a taco!

Oh, let's just get on with the recipe before I dig myself into a bit of a hole! :) I will say this--it's not the way chapatis were intended to be eaten, but I think it's quite tasty!

Quick & Dirty Tacos Chicken Carnitas Recipe + Tasty Tuesdays #25

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Shop bought taco kits are perfect for quick meals! Dress them up with homemade taco seasoning and chunks of juicy chicken for a personal touch!
Quick & Dirty Tacos Chicken Carnitas from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 2 adults; 1 toddler
Five Nights from the Packet: How to Make Box Meals Taste from Scratch from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
For me, Mexican food is classic feel-good food. It's indulgent, communal, flavorful and vibrant. Good Mexican food is laden with picante ingredients leaving a fiery tingling on your tongue and your tummy full. When I need to throw together a quick meal with minimal effort, I usually reach for something Mexican. Either an assemble-by-numbers fajita kit or a packet of tortillas warmed in the microwave and situated center of the table to be grabbed and filled at whim.

When I first decided to run this series on packet meals, I had to stop myself from doing 5 nights of Mexican variations! These tacos won out over the other 4 meals I considered simply because they're so easy! The rice is optional and the condiments can be rustically served straight from their respective jars, not dished onto a divided platter. Whatever works best for your family.

Don't do chicken? Swap it out for beef or perfectly cooked flaky cod, or even an assortment of roasted vegetables. No matter what protein filling you use, you've got to make my homemade taco seasoning to go with it! It's the shining star that catapults this dish from being a run-of-the-mill box meal into something that tastes from scratch and totally homemade!

5 Nights of Packet Meals: Ravioli Two Ways Recipe

Monday, August 26, 2013

Packet ravioli gets the gourmet treatment with breadcrumbs and an easy-to-whip-up sauce!
Packet Ravioli Two Ways: Crispy Baked & Traditional from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 2 adults; 1 toddler 

Five Nights from the Packet: How to Make Box Meals Taste from Screatch from www.anoynita-nibbles.comAll this week, I'm going to be sharing different ways to make packet meals taste like they've been made from scratch and first up is this delicious ravioli dish! Packet meals always get such a negative rap! When I was growing up, my mom was very select with the packet things she fed us. They were usually restricted to mashed potatoes and biscuits, and even those were heavily doctored so that you could've sworn she'd spent hours in the kitchen.

For me, the purpose of a packet meal is convenience and speed. I think they're meant to help busy moms and dads in the kitchen, not make them obsolete. The idea of tearing open a packet of mash potato powder, adding water and plopping it a table seems inherently foreign to me.

This ravioli dish is no different. I wanted to show you another way of preparing it that takes less than 10 minutes but tastes like you've spent ages making it. This is one of those dishes that we all loved and Callum helped himself to seconds, too!

Introducing 5 Nights from the Packet

Sunday, August 25, 2013



When I tell people that I have a food blog, I usually get one of two reactions:

Either a look of pained comprehension as they assume that I'm another of those people who stand in their chairs in restaurants and rearrange the table setting just to get a good shot of a plate of food.

Or, after taking a look at my blog or my blog's Facebook page, they assume that I always make fancy food and that packet pasta and box meals are beneath me. This assumption couldn't be further from the truth.

I love my pasta machine and I love making fresh pasta and bread and my own jam. But that's not how we eat every day. In fact, if you took a look in my cupboards, fridge and freezer at any given moment you would find my family's staples: mini frozen pizzas, oven chips, bags and bags of dried pasta and one-box meals and taco and enchilada kits.

But just because we eat packet food doesn't mean it should taste like the packet it came from! To curb cost, to appeal to a wide market and to be transportable and have a shelf life, packet meals tend to lack much flavor from spices and they rarely ever have herbs in them and they never have fresh herbs in.

These are all things that you can add to them. Who cares if you're having Easy Mac tonight instead of homemade mac'n'cheese? Throw some extra cheese in the pot, liven it up with some herbs or some ham or chicken and bung it in the oven so that the top crisps up instead of just following the instructions on the pack! It will taste completely different and more homemade.

You can dress up any packet meal and this week, I'm going to show you how. I'm going to share with you five of my favorite from the packet meals. Meals that I make when I'm pressed for time but still want to ensure my boys eat well. They won't be complicated and they won't be time consuming. They will be quick and flavorful, though.

5 Nights From the Packet Recipes:



 

Cheesy Pasta Skillet from An Alli Event

Saturday, August 24, 2013

I'd like to welcome Alli from An Alli Event to Anyonita Nibbles today! Alli's sharing a delicious pasta skillet dish! Take it away, Alli:

Cheesy Pasta Skillet from An Alli Event on www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Weight Watcher's Blueberry Muffin Ice Cream

Friday, August 23, 2013

This 5 ingredient ice cream is swirled with blueberry freezer jam and chunks of Weight Watcher's blueberry muffin so you can indulge and stick to your diet!
Weight Watcher's Blueberry Muffin Ice Cream from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Makes about 1 liter (UK)/1/2 gallon (US)

If I had a breakfast-on-the-go vice, it would be blueberry muffins. I just can't resist their light sponge bases bursting with juicy blueberries. The idea of crumbling these beautiful baked goods and incorporating them into an ice cream is just ingenious ... and tasty. This is easily the best ice cream I have ever tasted.

The fact that it only requires 5 ingredients, no sugar or eggs and no ice cream maker is an added bonus. Dubbed "the best ice cream in the world" in our house, this beauty is a firm favorite and you'll love it. Make it gluten free by using gluten-free muffins. Make it full fat by ditching the diet muffins to opt for the real thing. Make it egg free by using egg-less muffins. It doesn't really what you make it, just make it! Today!

A mug of blueberry muffin ice cream from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

#GetHimFed 6

Thursday, August 22, 2013

#GetHimFed man food link party from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Welcome to #GetHimFed with Jess from Hungry Harps and me! :)

We have all heard the saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” It’s true – and any good woman knows it! Not only do men love to satisfy their hunger with something delightful on the palate, they are also in love with the fact that their meals are made, with love, by the women in their life. Sometimes they are even eager to please back after tasting a recipe that was whipped up for them – and those are the ones we are looking for at #GetHimFed!

Are you running an illegal email campaign?

Are You Running an Illegal Email Campaign?

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Are you running an illegal email campaign? from www.anyonita-nibbles.comWhen you commit to monetizing your blog, you begin to keep track of every area of influence your blog has. Suddenly, websites like Klout and Sverve matter a whole lot. You spend hours obsessing about your number of Facebook likes, Twitter and Pinterest followers and how many circles you're in on G+ and the number of people who've signed up to receive email updates from you. 

It's normal to obsess about these things because as soon as you sign up to blog networks or begin working with PRs, it's the first thing they ask for a record of. Before anyone commits to working with you, they want to know how many people think you're worth reading. 

With so much focus on getting numbers and readers, it's easy to see why there's so much legislation and resultant confusion surrounding what is and isn't acceptable practice regarding email sign ups. I don't have all the answers, but here's what I've learned regarding CAN-SPAM and EU privacy laws. Be sure to have a quick read through to make sure you're not guilty of running an illegal email campaign!


Cohosting Thursday Favorite Things!

 Today, I've got the pleasure of co-hosting the Thursday Favorite Thing's link party. I've been participating in Katherine's party since I started doing linkys and it never disappoints!

After you've linked up at the party, don't forget to enter to win the $200 Amazon Gift Card giveaway!

And there's still just over a week left to share your apple recipes to win an Appletters game!

Its Time For Thursday Favorite Things! Thursday favorite things is where you can link your favorite post or write a post about your favorite things and share it with old and new followers. You gain visibility for your blog ( it posts on three blogs) and you make bloggy friends too!

Sweet & Hot Baked Sesame Chicken with Couscous & Raw Kale Salad Recipe

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Amp up boring chicken thighs with honey, crushed chillies and 5 spice with this quick and delicious baked sesame chicken recipe! It's served with easy-to-prepare couscous and an effortless raw kale salad.

Sweet & Hot Baked Sesame Chicken from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Feeds 2 adults; 1 toddler 
This recipe is the result of a kitchen disaster. And a second failed attempt to make the nomworthy Sweet Balsamic Baked Chicken Thighs from Nomsie's Kitchen. The first time I set out to make the dish, we didn't even have any chicken! How daft, right? I'd used up all the chicken two days before, completely forgetting that I was planning to make this. The second time (and the time that led to this recipe) I opened my cupboards to mis en place and realized we didn't have any balsamic. Those darn enticing balsamic strawberries strike again! So woefully, and after a mini panic and a bit of quick thinking, I substituted and pulled this together! 

My recipe isn't an adaptation or even a shout in the dark at that one. I will be making those delicious thighs from Nomsie's Kitchen at some point! Perhaps when the stars align and the cooking goddesses look favorably from their lofty perch on that great, big gas range in the sky? Until then, this sweet & hot baked sesame chicken dish will suffice. 

Actually, I'm being a bit melodramatic (as I am wont to do). This dish was really tasty! And hearkening back to my experience at that raw food dinner party, I served it with an easy raw kale salad. It's the one thing Callum wouldn't touch on his plate. Well, that's not entirely true, he sucked all the dressing off the leaves he was given and dropped the kale on the floor. But I'm not going to complain. How many 20 month olds love their dark leafy greens anyway? Besides, he wolfed down a whole chicken thigh fillet and double servings of couscous. Pick your battles, right? 

Tasty Tuesdays #24 + 5 Kitchen DIY Recipes

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

Before we get to the party, have you entered the $200 Amazon Gift Card giveaway yet??? Don't worry if you don't live in the US, we'll purchase the gift card in the currency of your choice up to $200! 
Win a $200 Amazon Gift Card from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
 Click the picture to be whisked away to the giveaway!

This link party is all about sharing recipes! Joining in is easy; just click "You are Next" and copy/paste the URL of a previously unlinked blog post's URL. Choose a flattering photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers!

Why should you link up to Tasty Tuesdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog's followers!

All Tasty Tuesdays participants get guaranteed Pinterest exposure; we pin every post you share because this party is about everyone getting exposure for their blog! Due to Google's algorithm changes regarding comment spam, I have had to adjust my commenting style and as Tasty Tuesdays #19, I will no longer be leaving comments on every post. Instead, I will now share three different links each day the party is live on various social media sites. I will also still continue to pin every link that complies with the rules of the party. Be sure to follow our Tasty Tuesdays board on Pinterest!

Thornton's Chilli Chocolate Eclairs with Cinnamon Custard Cream Recipe

Monday, August 19, 2013

Classic eclairs get a modern makeover with this easy recipe featuring chilli chocolate and an indulgent spiced custard cream!
Thornton's Chilli Chocolate Eclairs with Cinnamon Custard Cream from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Makes about 20 mini eclairs

Earlier this month, I received quite possibly one of the greatest parcels of my entire life: a bumper pack of Thornton's chocolate. Just get a load of this (and try not to drool too much, eh?):
A pack of Thornton's chocolates from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Tucked away in this stack was a gleaming red packet of chilli chocolate!

A stack of Thornton's chocolate from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

I was given the task to create a few recipes using any those goodies I'd like. This is the first of many recipes and it's a firm favorite. If you love dark chocolate. The chilli chocolate is subtle, with the chilli creeping up and taking you by surprise (in the nicest possible way). The cream is my favorite part of this recipe, spiced with cinnamon and whipped.

A trio of mini chilli chocolate eclair photos from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

In celebration of 1K Facebook Likes & 1K Twitter Followers

In the same week, I was lucky enough to reach over 1,000 likes on Facebook and over 1,000 followers on Twitter! To celebrate all of my fabulous fans, I'm hosting the 1K Giveaway with the help of an amazing team of sponsors!
Win a $200 Amazon Gift Card from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
It's really simple, just use the Rafflecopter below to enter by liking any (or all!) of the Facebook pages listed and following any (or all!) of the Twitter accounts! There will be 1 winner who'll receive a $200/£130 Amazon Gift Card!

If you don't live in the US or the UK, you can still enter! We'll purchase the gift card in the currency of your choice equal to $200.


ANYONE is eligible to enter & there must be a winner! It could be you! :)



a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Homemade Wholewheat Pizza Crust Recipe

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Guest poster Lori from Lori's Culinary Creations shares an easy and versatile whole wheat pizza crust recipe that is just waiting to be filled with your favorite toppings!
Homemade Wholewheat Pizza Crust from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 2 adults 

Hello readers and fans of Anyonita's Nibbles. This is Lori from Lori's Culinary Creations and I have the honor of guest posting here today! So good to meet everyone. My blog is about all my adventures in the kitchen where I share my recipes, favorite foods and also do some product reviews that I feel will be beneficial to my readers. I just love Anyonita's blog and have had the honor of co-hosting her weekly Tasty Tuesday's party this month. She is a gem but I'm sure I don't need to tell you that.

 About a year ago I received a WonderMill flour mill for a product review. I had never milled my own flour before, but got used to it very quickly. It's nice to purchase whole grain then make flour as needed instead of having a bunch of processed white flour sitting in my pantry. The best part is when you mill your own flour, you are getting the most nutrients since flour loses it's nutrients the longer it sits on a shelf. I milled 1 3/4 cups of whole wheat grain to make enough flour for this recipe then some extra for dusting the pizza stone.

#GetHimFed 5 + Features

Friday, August 16, 2013

#GetHimFed man food link party from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Welcome to #GetHimFed with Jess from Hungry Harps and me! :)

We have all heard the saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” It’s true – and any good woman knows it! Not only do men love to satisfy their hunger with something delightful on the palate, they are also in love with the fact that their meals are made, with love, by the women in their life. Sometimes they are even eager to please back after tasting a recipe that was whipped up for them – and those are the ones we are looking for at #GetHimFed!

How to Foster Virality with Markerly

Thursday, August 15, 2013



Why, When & How to Watermark Blog Photos

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Use Markerkly to Make your Posts Viral from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
When a photo or post spreads across the internet like wildfire, it's said to be viral or to have virality. Viral posts sell. 

When people see something like they, they share it. But only when it's easy for them to do so. Today, I want to share a tool that every blogger should use for fostering virality. 

Markerly makes it easy for any photo or text to be shared quickly across a variety of social media platforms, all you have to do is copy and paste.


Mucus Buster Homemade Cold & Flu Remedy Recipe

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Banish your mucus-laden cold the way nature intended with this all-natural cold & flu home remedy! This enticing brew is made with garlic, red onion and lashings of sweet honey.

Mucus Buster Cold & Flu Home Remedy Recipe from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Soothes 1 poorly adult
I'm a big believer in medication. As soon as a cold settles in, I reach for the Sudafed and usually can find relief rather quickly. But this cold was different. For all of last week and much of the week before, I was miserable! Neglected by the Sudafed (it just wasn't working!!!), I decided to dig out a book that was camping out in the back of my cookbook bookcase.

The vibrant orange cover bears a one-word title: "Juices". But not just any juices, homemade juices that promise to restore health and vitality. I thumbed through recipe after recipe for juice cures for all manner of ailment and physical impairment or deficit before settling on the much-amended variation of this potion.

I'll admit, I was a bit hesitant to combine garlic and onion together in a drink and felt a bit like I was bent over a cauldron, whipping up a fantastic bewitching brew. Of course, this recipe isn't that dramatic, but I was ill and slightly delirious with a fever. You'll forgive my phantasmagorical daydream, won't you?

Tasty Tuesdays 23

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

This link party is all about sharing recipes! Joining in is easy; just click "You are Next" and copy/paste the URL of a previously unlinked blog post's URL. Choose a flattering photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers!

Why should you link up to Tasty Tuesdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog's followers!

All Tasty Tuesdays participants get guaranteed Pinterest exposure; we pin every post you share because this party is about everyone getting exposure for their blog! Due to Google's algorithm changes regarding comment spam, I have had to adjust my commenting style and as Tasty Tuesdays #19, I will no longer be leaving comments on every post. Instead, I will now share three different links each day the party is live on various social media sites. I will also still continue to pin every link that complies with the rules of the party. Be sure to follow our Tasty Tuesdays board on Pinterest!

Introducing Living la Vida Anyonita + a challenge & a giveaway

Friday, August 9, 2013

Before we get to the main purpose of this post, a quick word on #GetHimFed Fridays: We'll be taking the week off due to a super busy schedule for both me & Jess! But #GetHimFed Fridays will be back next week!

 I wanted to write a quick post introducing a new category here on Anyonita Nibbles:
Living la Vida Anyonita from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Living la Vida Anyonita is going to be the lifestyle spot on Anyonita Nibbles.
You'll be able to find reviews of household items, toddler friendly activities as well as information about my experiences with mommy schooling. There might even be
the occasional craft (but I seriously doubt it!)

7 Proven Ways to Get Your Facebook Posts Noticed

Thursday, August 8, 2013


7 Proven Ways to Get Your Facebook Posts Noticed from www.anoynita-nibbles.com

7 Prove Ways to Get Your Facebook Posts Noticed

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As a blogger, I'm always looking for ways to reach out to new audiences and to measure the effects my social media has on my current audience. We all know that Facebook is one of the most influential social media sites and with its built-in insights program, it's easier than ever to gauge the impact your posts have.


Still, it can be quite difficult to set your blog or business apart from the rest on Facebook. If you struggle with low Facebook audience engagement, consider these 7 proven ways for getting your posts noticed.

Update: as of 2014, the tips found in this post may no longer be beneficial for getting your Facebook posts noticed. In early 2014, Facebook changed its algorithm and many page owners reported that their posts were being seen by as few as 1% of their total followers. It seems that Facebook has intended for this change to take effect in order to force page owners into purchasing ads to display on Facebook instead.


Turkey Saltimbocca Tutorial and Recipe

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Salty prosciutto and earthy sage transform turkey breast in this flavorful and sophisticated dinner dish!
Turkey Saltimbocca with prosciutto, sage and white wine from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Feeds 2 adults & 1 toddler
Saltimbocca is an Italian word that translates as meaning "to jump in the mouth" and that's exactly what the flavors of this dish do. They ping around your palate like a ball in pinball machine, igniting a combination of indulgent and sultry flavors.

This is a rich dish combining the aphrodisiac properties of sage with ribbon thin shavings of prosciutto, thick an rustic turkey breast steaks and an indulgent white wine sauce with just a hint of fresh garlic.

If you don't like turkey, you could also use chicken, veal or pork and have equally delicious results. Note: if you make this dish in a stainless pain, like I first did with chicken, you'll have a darker sauce because bits of the turkey and prosciutto will stick to the pan. If you use a nonstick pan like I've done with the turkey, your sauce will be lighter and the color of the chicken stock. Both are fine and taste just as good.

Tasty Tuesdays #22 + Double Features!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Before we get to the party, I'd like to invite you to participate in two things!
First is an awesome recipe challenge I'm running where you can winning great prizes:

 

Next, check out my Facebook Food Blog list and be sure that you're on it! If you're not, fill out this form so I can add you and help you grow you blog! Don't forget to subscribe to the list too!

Welcome to Tasty Tuesdays!

This link party is all about sharing recipes! Joining in is easy; just click "You are Next" and copy/paste the URL of a previously unlinked blog post's URL. Choose a flattering photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers!

Why should you link up to Tasty Tuesdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog's followers!

All Tasty Tuesdays participants get guaranteed Pinterest exposure; we pin every post you share because this party is about everyone getting exposure for their blog! Due to Google's algorithm changes regarding comment spam, I have had to adjust my commenting style and as Tasty Tuesdays #19, I will no longer be leaving comments on every post. Instead, I will now share a different link each day on various social media sites. I will also still continue to pin every link that complies with the rules of the party. Be sure to follow our Tasty Tuesdays board on Pinterest!

Copycat Zaxby's Zax Sauce and Chicken Finger Plate Recipe

Monday, August 5, 2013

Say sayonara to ketchup with this tangy and delicious five ingredient sauce! 
Copycat Zaxby's Zax Sauce recipe from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Makes about 250ml of sauce

Last Christmas, we visited my family in North Carolina for about a month. Going back to the states always means splurging on eating out and stocking up on groceries that just haven't made the great boat ride across the Atlantic.

Last year, I introduced my husband and mother-in-law to Zaxby's and they loved it. I can't even count the number of times we ate at Zaxby's while we were in North Carolina. But back home in Manchester, Zaxby's was just a fond memory. I thought about that sauce often, craving it and their thick chicken strips.

Then, I stumbled across a copycat recipe for the sauce on Allyson's blog. I was a bit skeptical at first (as I always am with copycat recipes). I always think that they're not going to taste anything like their original counterpart, but grab the fries, guys! This sauce is an exact replica of Zax Sauce. I've upped the pepper because I remember it having a bit more of a peppery kick. "Why stop with the sauce?" I thought. "Why not recreate an entire Zaxby's meal?" And that's exactly what I did. Welcome to the UK, Zaxby's.

Copycat Zaxby's Chicken Finger Plate with Zax Sauce from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

Play With Your Food Recipe Challenge: Apple

Friday, August 2, 2013

Today, I'm pleased to introduce Anyonita Nibbles' first challenge!

Play With Your Food Recipe Challenge from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
The Play with your Food Challenge is being sponsored by clever games company, Bananagrams! The amazing folks at Bananagrams are graciously providing the prizes for each challenge! Have you not heard of them? Check out their Facebook page & send them a cheeky "like" while you're at it! 

The Challenge

Play with your Food Challenge is a three-part challenge where you'll be able to win Bananagrams merchandise! Be sure to read "The Details and the Rules" for all the information!

With apples coming into season this month, we thought it would perfect to start this challenge off with them! Here's what you have to do: submit a child-friendly recipe from your blog featuring apples! The best recipe will be chosen by a panel of judges and the winner will receive this adorable and fun Appletters educational game!

Appletters games a Play With Your Food Recipe Challenge Prize from www.anyonita-nibbles.com


 

Bacon & Egg Pie with Skillet Potatoes + #GetHimFed 4

Breakfast gets rolled into a pie that's perfect for a picnic with this simple recipe!
Picnic perfect Bacon & Egg Pie with Skillet Potatoes from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Feeds 2 adults & 1 toddler, twice
Picnic season is almost on it's way out. It's such a shame because we love grabbing the picnic blanket and basic, a tube of bubbles and cold drinks and trotting off to one of Manchester's many parks to lay in the sun!

We're unconventional picnic-ers, ditching the foil-wrapped sandwiches and packets of crisps an opting for proper food: tubs of coleslaw and potato salad, cocktail wings and small hand pork pies or mini quiches, sausage rolls and of course, bakery fresh cherry tartlets. That's why this recipe is so exciting! It would be perfect made the day before, refrigerated, warmed and sliced to be enjoyed al fresco.

I really wanted to take this pie to a picnic and take photos of it there, with us ramming in mouthfuls of perfectly "boiled" egg and bacon in the sunshine, but it rained. So I whipped up some breakfast potatoes and we dined around the table. This pie recipe came from the July edition of Sainsbury's magazine and it calls for the addition of spring onion and roasted bell peppers that I omitted. The breakfast potatoes recipe is my attempt at recreating a childhood favorite. For me, the potatoes were the star of the show. I found the pie to be a little dry and far too salty (but that was the bacon). I'm not sure adding in the onions and peppers would exactly help with boosting the moisture, but if it might be worth a consideration.

Is Your Link Party Earning Its Keep?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Is Your Link Party Earning its Keep?

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Welcome to the Blogging Crash Course! 

Helping you grow your blog into the powerhouse you know it can be!
LinkyTools an In Linz series Get Linked and grow your party from www.anyonita-nibbles.com
Last week, we talked about how to make Google+ comments grow your blog and the benefits and features of them. If you've been considering switching to G+ comments but aren't sure if it's beneficial, then be sure to read How to Get the Most Out of Google+ Comments.

Is your link party earning its keep? from www.anyonita-nibbles.com

After two weeks talking about Google, it's time for a change! Today begins the first in a series on link parties or linkies! We'll talk about what you should and shouldn't be doing as a party host to get things started.