Gluten Free Havarti & Caramelised Onion Canapes for New Year's Eve

Monday, December 28, 2015

Ring in 2016 with these decadent gluten free Castello Havarti cheese canapes!
Gluten Free Castello Havarti & Caramelised Red Onion Canapes for New Year's Eve |
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New Year's Eve Gluten Free Havarti Canapes

One of the best things about New Year's Eve is having a sophisticated late night soiree, passing nibbles and drinks around the room as you count down the end of the year and start of a new one. No New Year's Eve party worth attending skimps on the canapes! This recipe is ridiculously easy; there's no cooking involved (unless you decide to go whole hog and make your own homemade chutney) and it's ready to throw together in minutes!

Gluten free crispbreads topped with Castello Havarti cheese and caramelised onion chutney |

Although I've branded it as being a New Year's Eve recipe, you can easily use it any time of year as an appetiser or canape for any party you find yourself hosting! Go as lavish or as budget on the crispbreads or crackers and the chutney, but do not skimp on the cheese! The cheese is the star of this recipe. I used an indulgent Havarti, from Castello that is so creamy and moreish even the most fussy cheese eater won't be able to resist.

Castello's Havarti with red wine |

Mulled Wine Moscow Mules with Waitrose's Gluten Free Christmas Products

Monday, December 21, 2015

Pair a Waitrose gluten free mince pie or Christmas pudding with an indulgent mulled wine in a trendy Moscow Mule mug & kickstart your festivities!
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Mulled Wine Moscow Mules

'Tis the season for festive cheer and, if you're in Britain, loads of mince pies and Christmas cake! When you can't have gluten in your diet, mince pies can be more daunting than festive. Thankfully, this year, Waitrose is providing Coeliacs and gluten and wheat allergy sufferers options for Christmas food with a range of free from mince pies and Christmas cakes.
Waitrose's Gluten Free Christmas Products |

Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole for a #GlutenFreeChristmas

Monday, December 14, 2015

This gluten free twist on an American classic is the perfect side dish for a #GlutenFreeChristmas!

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Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

Here's an American Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition you may not have come across: Green Bean Casserole. This casserole is a staple at the dinner table on the big holidays in the states and has been on my list to make gluten free for some time. It's a really easy side dish to make and you can serve it alongside turkey, ham or chicken.It would also work well as an Easter side dish, too!

Gluten Free Sausage & Spinach Soup for #SHHealthySmiles

Friday, November 27, 2015

A delicious gluten-free soup with ingredients that will give you a healthy smile!
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Gluten Free Sausage & Spinach Soup

This soup is a deliciously, easy option for a quick late autumn/early winter dinner. I especially love this recipe because it features ingredients (courtesy of Simplyhealth) that promote healthy smiles. Just take a look at the inforgraphic at the bottom of this post for more ideas about how to cook your way to a healthy smile.

A mug of gluten-free soup made from sauasge, spinach and vintage cheddar. |

Gluten Free Pistachio & Rose Baklava

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

 A gluten free take on a classic Greek dessert with a floral twist!
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Crisp pastry, nuts and roses combine in this classic Greek dessert made gluten free from

Gluten Free Pistachio & Rose Baklava

At the age of 18, I was desperate to travel the world. I dreamt of leaving America and heading anywhere, passport and camera in hand. As a student at uni, jetsetting off around the world wouldn't be an option until a semester spent studying abroad my final year, so I had to make do with the next best thing: hanging out with international students in my campus's I-House, going to cultural talks and food festivals. It was at one such festival that I fell in love with the sweet, nutty heaven that is baklava.

A #GloriousAdventure with Food

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I love food -- both this food blog and my plus size lifestyle blog are evidence of that. One of  the most incredible things about food is its power to transport you. Tastebuds are shapeshifters, working with scents, they can catapult you to foreign lands, inspiring you to visit, to travel, all off the back of a sweet, floral coconut or the heady potency of spice.

Gluten Free Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad with Honeyed Balsamic Vinaigrette

Sunday, November 8, 2015

This warm winter salad features roasted butternut squash, quinoa and a few surprising twists, drizzled with homemade honeyed balsamic vinaigrette, it's gluten free, mostly vegan and vegetarian!

Gluten free, vegan, vegetarian roasted butternut squash and quinoa salad with honeyed balsamic vinaigrette from

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Vegetarian Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad with Honeyed Balsamic Vinaigrette

I'm a sucker for a good salad. I'm talking about salads with substance, with more than just a few spindly salad leaves and half chopped tomatoes and cucumbers. Salads that will fill you up and keep you full and that are perfect for any time of year. The roasted butternut squash and quinoa salad recipe I'm going to share with you today is just that type of salad: it's full of goodness and makes for a filling meal ready in just over half an hour.

This warm gluten free butternut squash and quinoa salad is served on a bed of leaves with green beans and dried blueberry-infused cranberries. |

Visiting Blackpool as a #TravelodgeTourist

Friday, November 6, 2015

Journey with us as we play #TravelodgeTourist in Blackpool and discover some of the city's must-see attractions for a rip-roaring family day out!
A diary of two days spent visiting Blackpool as a #TravelodgeTourist from

What do you think of when you hear the word Blackpool?

 Is it the UK's number one destination for hen and stag debauchery? Or perhaps that it's a stomping ground for one of the largest and most invigorating gay communities in the Northwest? Or Strictly, the fact that it's home to one of reality TV's most-loved shows? More than just a seaside resort, Blackpool has been called the Vegas of the UK and while that comparison might be inflating things slightly, it is a splendidly dazzling destination with something for everyone.

How to Make Rubbed Sage with a Plantui Smart Garden

Thursday, October 22, 2015

How to use fresh, home-grown sage to make traditional rubbed sage!
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How to Make Rubbed Sage

I am extremely excited about today's post! It's my first post utilising the fruits of my Plantui Smart Garden: it's harvest time! The first plant I harvested was my sage! It smelled so delicious whilst it was growing; I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and use it! Just look at how beautiful and vibrant the sage was:

Fresh sage leaves grown in a hydroponic smart garden |

With American Thanksgiving right around the corner and Christmas not far behind, I thought I'd share a recipe for how to make rubbed sage. Sage features prominently in both Thanksgiving and Christmas meals (usually springing up in stuffing or sausages et cetera) and it's one of my favourite herbs.

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Rubbed sage is ordinary dried sage that has been rubbed gently to fluff the edges of the leaves or into a fine, fluffy powder. The second way tends to be what's sold commercially--fluffy clouds of sage great in baked goods like savoury scones. But I love sage and prefer it to be a bit less airy, so you'll notice in this recipe that I don't rub the sage as much as you might have expected. Feel free to continue to rub your sage until you're left with a fine powder if that's how you prefer it.

#tastytuesdays 108: more Thanksgiving recipes please

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

It's nearly that time of year! Let's prepare to give thanks by sharing our best Thanksgiving dishes; whether they're main courses, side dishes, desserts, drinks or appetisers! Anything that works for the Thanksgiving table is welcome! :)

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How, When and Why to Pinch your Plants with Plantui

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I'm happy to report that my Plantui plants are growing out of control!Just this past week, the basil and sage have really shot up and are close to reaching the LED lights in the underside of the top of my Plantui Smart Garden.

Amazing growth with my Plantui smart garden!
My Plantui plants need a hair cut!

I panicked and gently moved them so that the tops are actually growing outside of my garden. Haha. Then, I stumbled across this comment on my Instagram from the Plantui team:

Pruning your Plantui plants |

I'll be honest, I had no idea what this meant. So I did a bit of research and stumbled across this invaluable information on the Plantui blog! I'll be pruning my plants this weekend, come back next week to see what a difference it makes! In the meantime, here's what the Plantui experts have to say about pinching your plants:

#tastytuesdays 107: Thanksgiving recipe call

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

It's nearly that time of year! Let's prepare to give thanks by sharing our best Thanksgiving dishes; whether they're main courses, side dishes, desserts, drinks or appetisers! Anything that works for the Thanksgiving table is welcome! :)

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Plantui Smart Garden Growth Update

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Come along in this video & see how my Plantui Smart Garden has grown!
My Plantui Smart Garden Growth Update |

Follow along below in this Periscope video and take a peek at the growth update from my Plantui Smart Garden:

#tastytuesdays 106

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Thanks for all the lovely popcorn recipes! Keep your eyes peeled next week for the big feature! For this week's party, I want to be blown away by any recipes you want to share!

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#tastytuesdays 105: Call for Popcorn Recipes!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In the next few weeks, I'll be doing a popcorn feature for a company & would love to share your recipes with their readership! In addition to whatever you'd like to share this week, please share your popcorn recipes, too!!

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Homemade Nacho Cheese & Purple Basil Gluten Free Gourmet Popcorn

Friday, September 25, 2015

Follow along in this video as I make a homemade gluten free gourmet popcorn with nacho cheese and purple basil!
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Nacho Cheese & Purple Basil Gluten Free Gourmet Popcorn

I absolutely love popcorn. It's one of those brilliant snack options that surprisingly isn't all that bad for you and it's especially fun to make at home and to come up with your own unique flavour combinations. When Callum wants to help me make a snack in the kitchen, we often opt for popcorn. Plus, he always gets a proper kick out of seeing the popped kernels ricochet out of the machine.

Last week, I took to Periscope and decided to show about 50 viewers how to make this popcorn. In case you missed it, I've embedded the video below.

Give the Gift of a Garden this Christmas

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Someone you love deserves a garden; give them one this Christmas with Plantui!
Give the gift of a garden this Christmas with Plantui |
Photo courtesy of Plantui
Do you have a keen gardener on your Christmas gift? Or someone who would like to be a gardener but who doesn't have the outside space or who lives in a city as rainy as Manchester? Then, stop searching for the perfect gift for them: this is it!

You've all enjoyed my Plantui journey so far, and I am such a believer in this smartgarden and enjoying it so much that I wanted to plant a little seed in your mind (see what I did there?) before you started your Christmas shopping!

#OrganicSeptember with Kromland Farm's Caramel Rooibos Tea

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Celebrate #OrganicSeptember with the smooth taste of Kromland Farm's Caramel Rooibos Tea!

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Generally, I like my tea strong and milky and with caffeine--an indulgent combination. But when it comes to this smooth, decadent Rooibos, no milk is in sight! Blended with caramel, the genius folks at Kromland Farm have made dessert in a cup.

And they're my new BFFs. (Hi, guys!)

Strong Caramel Rooibos Tea from Kromland Farm |

#tastytuesdays 104: Halloween Recipes Party

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Do you have any Halloween recipes? Share them this week!!

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Plantui: The 1st Week

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Insights from the first week with my Plantui hydroponic smart garden.
7 insights from my first week with Plantui |
Things have really started to take off here with my Plantui garden, so I thought I'd recap you with seven insights and observations from my 1st week as a Plantui convert:

#tastytuesdays no. 103: Bring a Friend!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Parties are always better with a mate! Invite a friend along to party with us today! :)

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Royal Princess Tour & Lunch with Princess Cruises

Monday, September 14, 2015

Celebrate 50 years of luxury on the seas with Royal Princess Cruises--follow along on my tour & lunch!
Royal Princess Tour and Lunch with Princess Cruises |

It's like an entire city, effortlessly gliding across the face of the water. Behind its facade of hundreds of balconies, in the heart of the ship lies more restaurants than you could count on one hand, pools, spas, bars, shops, theatres and more.

We were invited to take a tour of Princess Cruises's Royal Princess ship and sample a luxurious three-course menu. Over the course of our five hours onboard, the word luxury would escape from my lips time and time again. Before then, a virgin to the open seas and someone who had never set foot in a cruise ship, I was blown away by the sheer vastness of it, the luxury and the glamour.

Plantui: Setting Up Your Smart Garden

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Follow along as I set up my Plantui smart garden and get the garden I deserve!
Setting up your Plantui Smart Garden from
Last week, I shared with you an intro to Plantui and a bit more info about their philosophy: Everyone deserves a garden. Today, I'm happy to walk you through the process of setting up your Plantui Smart Garden!

#tastytuesdays102: We're Back!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

After a brief hiatus for summer break, we're backfor the weekly #tastytuesdays party! Come share your most pinworthy of projects to get pinned to a massive board!

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#MyHolidayDish Broad Beans with Serrano Ham from Jo Pratt

Monday, September 7, 2015

Broad beans with Serrano ham is a Spanish tapas full of flavour and the perfect #MyHolidayDish creation!
Habas con Jamon or Broad Beans with Serrano Ham and Mint from Jo Pratt |
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Broad Beans with Serrano Ham

After a holiday, the bit that I find I miss most is the food. Especially when I've visited a culinary wonderland like Spain. So when the team at James Villas sent my hamper full of the ingredients needed to make Jo Pratt's delicious tapas recipe for Habas con Jamon, I couldn't wait to get stuck in!

Ingredients for a gluten free tapas dish from Jo Pratt |

This lovely and quick gluten-free tapas dish from Jo's newest cook In the Mood for Healthy Food, a real page-turner of beautifully photographed food and a collection of recipes that skimp on calories but not on flavour.

Plantui: Everyone Deserves a Garden

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Everyone deserves a garden, no matter where you live and with Plantui, you can have one!
My Plantui with seeds |
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One of the most frustrating things about living in the UK is the sheer lack of sunlight we get. Living in Manchester, that number decreases further still.  We have on average between 20 and 25 rainy days each month. And in September, October and November, we average fewer than five hours of sunshine per day.

Meet Your Match with TGI Fridays' Fabulous New Menu

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A VIP evening at TGI Friday's, trying their fabulous new menu and meeting my match!
Cocktail, delicious TGI Friday food and VIP passes |

Renown the world over for being the place to go if you want a good time, TGI Fridays is one of my favourite  restaurants. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of visiting one of my local branches to celebrate the launch of their new menu. With a stint behind their legendary bar, whipping up my own cocktail and two over-sized courses of incredibly delicious food, I definitely met my match with this new menu.

Double Layered Nachos and Jack Daniel's Pork Belly from TGI Fridays |
Photo courtesy of TGI Fridays

The Warrior Burger from TGI Fridays |
Photo courtesy of TGI Fidays

Pinterest and Instagram Updates for Autumn 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Big changes are underway from two of the leading social media platforms this autumn!
Instagram vertical photos; Pinterest save pins |

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.

One Year On, New Ventures

Monday, August 17, 2015

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:, 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!

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

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A succulent and tender gluten free chicken dish with fresh vegetables in a delicate broth!
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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'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!

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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!

A Night at Clevedon Hall & Dining with Chef Alan Jones

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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.

Kiwi, Lime & Pineapple Tropical Smoothie

Monday, June 15, 2015

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

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

Monday, May 18, 2015

Salty, sweet, rich and moreish, this gluten free chicken dish will be a family favourite!
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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