Winter #LittleAdventures Challenge & Apple Ants on a Log Recipe

Friday, February 28, 2014

A bear themed day with a two-year-old!  Bear activities and a recipe for Apple Ants on a Log!
Beary Good Toddler Snacks: Barny Bears & Apple Ants on a Log




A winter #littleadeventures challenge with a bear theme

Yield 1 serving

Apple Ants on a Log

This is going to be somewhat of an unusual post for me, but it's one that I hope you'll all enjoy! :) I took part in a Winter Little Adventures Challenge organized by BritMums. In fact, this post is an entry for BritMums' Winter Little Adventures Challenge sponsored by Barny, individually-wrapped bear-shaped sponge cakes with a hidden filling. Find out more about Barny!

Easy Hazelnut Pesto & #GetHimFed 24

This hazelnut pesto is wonderful served with fresh pasta or spread on lightly toasted bread!
Easy Hazelnut Pesto perfect for tossing fresh pasta in or spreading on toast and topping with tomatoes

Yield 1 cup

Easy Hazelnut Pesto

This hazelnut pesto really is easy to make! It only calls for a handful of ingredients and instead of grinding away all day at it with a mortar and pestle, I just throw everything in a food processor and get on with the rest of the meal.

Basic but Effective Food Photography Tips (No Technical Jargon!)

Thursday, February 27, 2014



Basic but Effective Food Photography Tips (No Technical Jargon!)

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This former news photographer shares 10 really good food photography tips for food bloggers without any technical jargon

One of the things I get asked the most often is for food photography tips. All food bloggers seem obsessed (and rightly so) with the ability to take mouthwatering photos of their food. 

We do eat with our eyes, after all. And thanks to sites like Pinterest and G+, most people see our food photos before they have a clue about what's in them or how to make them. Having eye-catching, quality photos is extremely important. 

There are loads of food photography blog posts on the web, but about 99% of them talk about technical crap: f numbers, shutter speed, white balance, back lighting, diffusing etc. Of course, that's all good for the pros and semi-pros, but for most food bloggers, those types of tutorials don't mean much.

So this tutorial isn't going to be like that. Forget the f numbers/ aperture and shutter speed. I'm going to show you a few very simple, basic tips that no one else is telling you about. We're going to go back to the basics and improve our food photography the easy way. Then, when you have time, you can go back and learn about the f numbers and shutter speed and spend ages getting to grips with the technical stuff.


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Chicken Rice Paper Rolls & Honeyed Sriracha Dip

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

These rice paper rolls are perfect for using up leftover chicken for a tasty lunch. They're drizzled with honeyed Sriracha dip for a sweet chili kick!
Chicken Rice Paper Rolls and Honeyed Srircaha Dip are perfect for #lunch and to use up #leftover #chicken
Yield 6 rolls

Chicken Rice Paper Rolls & Honeyed Sriracha Dip

I'm a sucker for spicy food and these chicken rice paper rolls taste amazing with my honeyed Sriracha dip. These little rolls are perfect for packing into a lunch box too or sharing on a picnic when the days get warmer.
Honeyed Srirachadip over chicken rice paper rolls | Anyonita Nibles

Tasty Tuesdays #50! Eeek! We're 50!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Apologies that Tasty Tuesdays is so late today, friends! I'm not feeling very well & overslept by about 3 hours! Eek! I've scrolled through all of last week's entries, but haven't finished pinning yet; I'll be sure to do that throughout the day today while I'm resting on the couch. 
 
Each week, our team of 10 amazing bloggers hosts this fabulous party! We're so glad that you've stopped by to party with us!
Without you, we wouldn't have a party at all. So we think you're pretty special and deserve to benefit from linking up with us each week. Here's how:

Honeyed Thyme Pork Chops

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sweet and tangy, these honeyed thyme pork chops are perfect for a spring alfresco dinner!
Honeyed Thyme Pork Chops made with orange juice, mustard and fresh thyme
Yield 2 servings

Honeyed Thyme Pork Chops

These honeyed thyme pork chops are perfect for the lovely spring weather we'll soon be enjoying! They'll be best eaten outside with a chilled glass of white wine, but, in case winter sticks around longer than any of us want, you could eat them on the sofa, watching your favorite TV show. While snow falls. We did.

What I love about them is the amazing flavor they have. A lot of ingredients go into what's a really simple dish starting with fresh orange juice and ending with super fancy French mustard with oranges and chestnuts. (Although, in the absence of such mustard, you could just use your normal dijon.) But, these pork chops are tender and the earthy taste of thyme is delicious with the honey. And there's just a little bit of smoked paprika. Especially important if you make these in the grill/broiler on your oven and not outside.

I've not shown it in the photos, but I served these pork chops with fluffy rice and steamed, crunchy green beans. I like my green beans crunchy and fresh-tasting. They work well with the pork. No matter what you serve with them, the pork cooks up in less than 20 minutes and if you let them marinate the night before, they'll be unbelievably tender.
A plate of honeyed thyme pork chops from www.anyonita-nibbles.co.uk

Mexican Chicken Spaghetti

Friday, February 21, 2014

This creamy Mexican-inspired chicken spaghetti is a full-on twist on traditional spaghetti!
Mexican Chicken Spaghetti from www.anyonita-nibbles.co.uk I love how easy and tasty this looks! Made from things I already have in the cupboard!
Yield 6-8 servings

Mexican Chicken Spaghetti

Creamy and comforting, this Mexican chicken spaghetti is full of the classic flavors of Mexico with the familiarity of everybody's favorite Italian pasta dish. It's the best of both worlds and it makes spaghetti night better than ever! In fact, this is my family's new favorite way to have spaghetti.

An intriguing comination of flavors in an easy tocook spaghetti dish!

We had it twice in a week. Twice in 36 hours, actually. We had it for dinner one night and then I made a whole new batch for lunch the following day. It's that good, y'all. I don't know if it's the creamy soupy base, the sweet tomatoes or the just al dente spaghetti. Maybe it's those rich, Mexican flavors? That amazing taste of coriander/cilantro really kicks this up!

Perfect for lunch and filling enough for dinner!

#GetHimFed 23 & Free Grocery List & Menu Planner

Grocery List and Menu Planner #Free #Printable

How do you stay organized with your grocery shopping and meal planning? Do you juggle multiple lists or multiple Pinterest boards? I used to be like that. I'd write my our meal plan on a calendar in my kitchen for the month and each week, I'd write it on a white board. Then I'd make the grocery list on a slip of paper.

Preivew of a free printable grocery list from Anyonita Nibbles

By the time we got to the supermarket, I'd have forgotten what we were having and if something wasn't available, I couldn't remember when it was needed or what recipe it was for! So we'd often end up with half of the ingredients and no substitutes which meant a big waste of time and an even bigger waste of money.

Preview of a free printable menu planner from Anyonita Nibbles
To combat this, I created a grocery list and meal planner in one! And because I think you're all fabulous, I'm going to share it with you! Feel free to download  it and use it to plan your meals and your weekly shop! The printable is free for personal use; for commercial use, please contact me for permission. The printable is most effective if you print it double-sided as you'll have your menu and your grocery list in one place.

If you're in the UK and Europe, download the A4 printable.
If you're in the Americas, download the letter size printable.

Enjoy!
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The Best Way to Share Links on your Facebook Page

Thursday, February 20, 2014



The Best Way to Share Links on your Facebook Page

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The Best Way to Share Links on Facebook Pages and Engage Your Followers  
Social sites like Facebook, Google and Stumbleupon all use a personally-written algorithm for tracking the activity of users on their sites. The way these algorithms work is usually kept as a secret to prevent people from manipulating it and profiting wrongly.

Facebook's algorithm changes, although they happen less frequently than Google's and with less fanfare, are still vitally important for bloggers and influencers. 

Unfortunately, in 2013, Facebook released a massive algorithm change that greatly effected pages and the information page owners share with their followers. If you've experienced your content being viewed by less than 2% of your followers, then you have been effected and this tutorial is written with you in mind. 

Update: Although I have been sharing links this way, I have not noticed an increase in my number of views. Facebook still maintains that this is the best option for sharing links, however.


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Beef Bulgogi & Rice (Korean BBQ)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Tender thinly-sliced sirloin marinated with onions, soy sauce, sesame oil and pears!
Beef Bulgogi & Rice--Korean BBQ

Yield 2 to 4 servings

Beef Bulgogi & Rice Korean Barbecue

This beef bulgogi recipe is easy to follow and a perfect introduction to delicious and authentic Korean food. Thin slices of sirloin are marinated in a sweet mix of soy sauce, sugar, garlic, pears and sesame oil for a tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef dish.

I've had lots of bulgogi in my lifetime--a dish introduced to me by my dad who lived in Korea for a while. The bulgogi I've had has always been the results of a labor of love from some petite Korean grandmother, who had gifted the barbecue to us in a slightly warped Tupperware container. As a result, this truly magical dish was something that I attributed to these women, an offering of their culture, a memory of taste and flavor that I wouldn't be able to recreate.

Free Grocery List & Meal Planner Printable + Tasty Tuesdays #49

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Grocery List and Menu Planner #Free #Printable

How do you stay organized with your grocery shopping and meal planning? Do you juggle multiple lists or multiple Pinterest boards? I used to be like that. I'd write my our meal plan on a calendar in my kitchen for the month and each week, I'd write it on a white board. Then I'd make the grocery list on a slip of paper.

Preivew of a free printable grocery list from Anyonita Nibbles

By the time we got to the supermarket, I'd have forgotten what we were having and if something wasn't available, I couldn't remember when it was needed or what recipe it was for! So we'd often end up with half of the ingredients and no substitutes which meant a big waste of time and an even bigger waste of money.

Preview of a free printable menu planner from Anyonita Nibbles
To combat this, I created a grocery list and meal planner in one! And because I think you're all fabulous, I'm going to share it with you! Feel free to download  it and use it to plan your meals and your weekly shop! The printable is free for personal use; for commercial use, please contact me for permission. The printable is most effective if you print it double-sided as you'll have your menu and your grocery list in one place.

If you're in the UK and Europe, download the A4 printable.
If you're in the Americas, download the letter size printable.

Enjoy!

 
Each week, our team of 10 amazing bloggers hosts this fabulous party! We're so glad that you've stopped by to party with us!
Without you, we wouldn't have a party at all. So we think you're pretty special and deserve to benefit from linking up with us each week. Here's how:

Osso Bucco Lamb Shanks Recipe

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tender and succulent, these lamb shanks are slow cooked with the flavors of modern osso bucco and served in a light broth!
Osso Bucco Lamb Shanks Recipes made in the #crockpot for an easy but elegant #dinner
Yield 2 to 4 servings

Osso Bucco Lamb Shanks 

First it was the tender meat. Then the soft vegetables. Next, it was the light broth. Then the acidic pop of slow-cooked tomatoes. Every time I took a bite of this dish, I fell in love. Strictly speaking, it's not exactly a traditional osso bucco (usually made with veal, no tomatoes and served with a gremolata). But it is a modern interpretation made with lamb shanks, a cheat's mirepoix and those delicious tomatoes. No gremolata. No baby cows. But it is phenomenal and easy because it's cooked in the slow cooker!

Happy Valentine's Day! 3 gifts for you & #GetHimFed 22

Friday, February 14, 2014

Hey loves! Happy Valentine's Day! Whether you're single or taken, I hope you have a lovely day and feel loved! I have three Valentine's Day gifts for you guys! Here's the first:

Your second Valentine's day gift is an affordable blogger opportunity! I'll be hosting a flash giveaway for St Patrick's Day to boost your Facebook traffic! There's NO CHARGE for links; you just have to commit to giving one winner a prize--ANYTHING you'd like! Find out more & fill out the form! The more the merrier!

For your third Valentine's day gift, I've rounded up 40 pretty awesome Valentine's Day recipes! Check them out:


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What Google's New Guest Post Policy Means for Bloggers

Thursday, February 13, 2014

What Google's New Guest Post Policy Means for Bloggers

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Google's New Guest Post Policy & What it means for bloggers


Panic always spreads when word of a new Google algorithm gets round. I have to hand it to them, Google have perfected the task of scaremongering, whether purposefully or not.

When Google released Penguin, it targeted specific practices that many bloggers employ for boosting traffic to their sites.

One of the biggest areas impacted is that of guest posting. There's been a lot of speculation, drama and fear in light of Google's announcement that guest posting is dead. 

As always, I've done my research and in this tutorial I'm going to share with you what Google's new guest policy actually means for bloggers.
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24 hour Facebook flash giveaway

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I've teamed up with 11 other bloggers to provide a one-day flash Facebook giveaway!
The giveaway from 7pm (EST) February 12 until 7pm (EST) February 13th.

http://www.facebook.com/anyonitanibbles

And don't forget to enter my giveaway to win $200 cold, hard cash!

http://www.anyonita-nibbles.co.uk/2014/02/win-200-dollars-cold-hard-cash-paypal-giveaway.html


Valentine's Homemade Milk & Cereal Bars

These homemade milk and cereal bars are studded with heart sprinkles, making them an ideal option for breakfast on the run this Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Homemade Milk & Cereal "I love how easy these cereal bars are to make! I'll never buy another cereal bar again!"
Yield a dozen cereal bars

Valentine's Homemade Milk & Cereal Bars

These homemade milk and cereal bars are so fun and incredibly easy to make! They're the perfect option for an on-the-go breakfast on Valentine's Day, so if you're always rushed in the mornings and end up skipping breakfast, whip these up at the weekend for the week ahead. All you'll have to do is grab and go. You can even leave the house already eating your breakfast!

In college, I lived off of milk and cereal bars. I must have stocked every variety the supermarket sold and they accompanied me everywhere: I usually munched on one on my way to my first class of the day and I always had one stashed in my bag. If only I'd have known that I could have made my own! All that money spent on packaged milk and cereal bars could have been saved for booze textbooks. Yeah, textbooks! :)

A Homemade Milk & Cereal Bar with Marshmallows and Milke Glaze

Tasty Tuesdays #48

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


 
Each week, our team of 10 amazing bloggers hosts this fabulous party! We're so glad that you've stopped by to party with us!
Without you, we wouldn't have a party at all. So we think you're pretty special and deserve to benefit from linking up with us each week. Here's how:

Banana Red Velvet Cake Shake & Fruit Pizza | February Food Blog Swap Meet

Monday, February 10, 2014

Two straws, one glass makes this banana red velvet cake shake extra sweet!  Share with your Valentine for a romantic treat.
Banana Red Velvet Cake Shake "I love that she uses red velvet flavoring and coloring to make a shake!"
Yield 1 serving

Banana Red Velvet Cake Shake

I have a special Valentine's treat for you guys! I'm participating in the Food Blog Swap Meet again this month! So if you want the recipe for that tasty Banana Red Velvet Cake Shake, you'll have to head over to Edward's blog and find it here!

Ham & Mascarpone Crock Pot Risotto | Food of the World

This #easy dinner is perfect for a busy weeknight. Made with #ham and creamy #mascarpone and cooked effortlessly in the crock pot for a flavorful dish!
Cheesy ham & mascarpone crock pot risotto. I love how effortless and easy this recipe is!
Yield 4 servings

Ham & Mascarpone Crock Pot Risotto

This is one of those dinners that is comforting and quick. In the middle of a nightmare week, it's exactly that type of thing that I crave: flavorful and filling comfort food. I love making risotto in the crock pot, you get the great creamy texture without the labor of love of standing with a ladle, slowly stirring in stock.

Don't get me wrong--I love making risotto that way, too, but sometimes, the to-do list is too long to justify standing in one position for 20 minutes just for a plate of rice. That's where crock pot risotto comes in. While the risotto cooks to perfection, you can get on with your stuff and still feed your family a wholesome meal. You'll practically be Superwoman for pulling this one off.

For this dish, I used a hunk of smoked ham or gammon that was just occupying space in my freezer with no real purpose. The risotto rice is your standard arborio but it's from a gourmet producer who added black olives and sun dried tomatoes to the packet. Of course, you could use normal arborio rice and it will turn out just as nice. To make this risotto creamier, I've stirred in a good helping of mascarpone and topped with shredded cheese, too. Like I said, this is proper comfort food.

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