Gluten Free & Vegan Butternut Squash & Leek Soup

Thursday, September 29, 2016

This gluten free, vegan & vegetarian friendly butternut squash & leek soup is creamy & indulgent!
Gluten Free Vegan Vegetarian Creamy Butternut Sqush & Leek Soup | Anyonita Nibbles

Yield: 4
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Gluten Free & Vegan Butternut Squash & Leek Soup

It is soup season! The absolute best time of the year and to kick things off, I thought I'd share a lovely recipe suitable for my fellow Coeliacs, vegans and vegetarians, too! You will not believe how easy this soup is to make and how super creamy and delicious it is! It's the perfect thick soup for Bonfire Night, by the way! Just a head's up; I've used cashew milk to make this soup extra creamy and give it a nice, nutty flavour which works so well with butternut squash. Prepare to be blown away. Oh, and this soup is definitely freezable, too!

Two portions of hearty and creamy butternut squash and leek soup | Anyonita Nibbles

Gluten Free Mini Bakewell Tarts for 2 - #GBBOGlutenFree

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

You'll love this super quick, gluten free version of classic British Bakewell tarts!
Gluten Free Mini Bakewell Tarts #GBBOGlutenFree | Anyonita Nibbles
Yield: 2 mini tarts
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Gluten Free Bakewell Tarts

Okay, so these aren't exactly authentic Bakewells. They're more Fakewell tarts; but they're incredibly delicious! I love a good Bakewell,whether it's the authentic way with flaked almonds instead of icing sugar or whether it's the commercial way with globs of icing sugar and a plump, candied cherry or whether it's Mary Berry's controversial recipe. Did you guys see how much hate she got from die-hard bakers? Sheesh!

Still, if Mary Berry got shtick for topping her tart with feathered icing, then I'm going to get shtick, too; because my tart doesn't even feature a traditional shortcrust pastry. Instead, I've kept it gluten free with a safe biscuit base (which adds to the fun, I think)!

Gluten Free Portabello Risotto with Sage Oil & Parmesan Crisp

Monday, September 26, 2016

This creamy mushroom risotto is naturally gluten free and finished with a luscious sage oil & Parmesan crisp!
Gluten Free Portabello Mushroom Risotto with Sage Oil & Parmesan Crisp | Anyonita Nibbles
Yield: 2
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Gluten Free Portabello Risotto with Sage Oil & Parmesan Crisp

I carry my tension in my shoulders and when I've had a stressful day and need to unwind, nothing relaxes me more than laboriously stirring a skillet of risotto. The thing about a good, creamy risotto is that you have to pay it attention. You have to shower it with wine, feed it stock and slowly coax it together. You can't rush a good risotto - although you can successfully pull off a decent slow cooker risotto.

I first shared this recipe four years ago and it is a dish that we have had a lot over the years! You don't have to use portabellos; you can use your favourite mushroom. But if you do; definitely pair them up with the nutty Parmesan! And those Parmesan crisps are a fun way to bring in a bit more flavour to your dish.

Gluten Free Halloween Cinder Toffee Honeycomb

Thursday, September 22, 2016

There's nothing spooky about this sweet gluten free cinder toffee; it's perfect for Halloween!
Gluten Free Halloween Cinder Toffee or Honeycomb Witch's Hats | Anyonita Nibbles

Yield: 6 witch's hats or 1 square baking tray full
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Gluten Free Halloween Cinder Toffee

Y'all, it's the first day of Fall! Or the Autumn, as my British pals say. This time of year has always been my favourite and the countdown to Halloween is officially on! The chilly night, the fun of dressing up and all the candy you can eat? What's not to love! To celebrate the best season of the year, I whipped up this delicious witch's hat cinder toffee or honeycomb. If you don't have a silicone mould, you can just use a square baking tin and then, once set, cut the honeycomb to break it up.

Easy Halloween Cinder Toffee Recipe | Anyonita Nibbles

This vegetarian, vegan and gluten free treat is perfect on Halloween or even on Bonfire Night on the 5th of November. Whether you make it for your ghoulish night of groovin' or wait to pass it around whilst you watch the fireworks on Guy Fawke's Night; this treat will satisfy any sweet tooth this autumn.

You will need a candy thermometer for this recipe! 

Gluten Free & Dairy Free "Lace" Pancakes - #GBBOGlutenFree

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

American style pancakes get a scrumptious, lacy gluten free and dairy free makeover!

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Lacy Lace Pancakes #GBBOGlutenFree | Anyonita Nibbles
Yield: at least a dozen pancakes
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Gluten Free & Dairy Free "Lace" Pancakes - #GBBOGlutenFree

Let's start with a bit of a lesson: American style pancakes > crepes. Any day of the year. Now that we've gotten that out of the way ... :) I'm back with my version of last week's Technical Challenge on the Great British Bake Off. Paul Hollywood (ever pushing the boundaries and insisting contestants on a baking show don't actually bake) set the task of making beautiful lacy French pancakes. Or crepes.

Personally, I hate crepes. Can't stand them. I'd much rather prefer a thick American style pancake. So when it came time to do this challenge, I stuck to my guns and made the type of pancake batter I'd normally make, with sugar and eggs and pancake mix with baking soda in it. You can take the girl out of America, but you can't take the American pancakes out of the girl. But these aren't your ordinary pancakes; these babies are made with gluten free pancake mix and are completely dairy free as I've used delicious cashew milk instead.

Fresh Squeezed Valencia Orange Juice

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Start your morning with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with no added sugar!
Fresh Squeezed Valencia Orange Juice with Nutri Ninja | Anyonita Nibbles
Yield: 1 250ml glass
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Fresh Squeezed Valencia Orange Juice

I cannot resist freshly squeezed orange juice. What used to be a luxury when staying in hotels or dining in restaurants is now a task I can complete in a matter of minutes with my Nutri Ninja. Plus, there's no added sugar, no preservatives; no nasties at all. Nothing but pure, pulpy orange juice just the way God intended.

Frothy and refreshing fresh Valencia orange orange juice | Anyonita Nibbles

Gluten Free Dampfnudel - #GBBOGlutenFree

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

These sweet German dumplings served with a rich and tangy plum sauce get a gluten free makeover!
Gluten Free Dampfnudel #GBBOGlutenFree - Anyonita Nibbles
Yield: 9 Dampfnudeln dumplings
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Gluten Free Dampfnudel with Plum Sauce

Last week was bread week on the Great British Bake Off and it was a week I was dreading. Gluten-free cooking and baking can be tricky at the best of times, but the one thing that always makes me nervous is bread. Bread relies on gluten to make it what it is. Without it, it's difficult.

Spurred on by my Gluten Free Viennese Whirls from last week, I was determined to have a good go at these Dampfnudel - German sweet dumplings and to make them gluten free. I scoured the internet for recipes for a gluten free alternative but could only find one. In German with no translation. My limited German was no match for that recipe. So back to the drawing board, I sought out my Larousse Gastronomique. Of course Larousse had a recipe for Dampfnudel! While reading it, I came across a revelation: Dampfnudel can be made in the oven! No steaming for me!

Glutenfreie Dampfnudeln mit Pflaumensauce | Anyonita Nibbles

Gluten Free Viennese Whirls - #GBBOGlutenFree

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

These crumbly, buttery gluten free biscuits are sandwiched with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream!
Gluten Free Viennese Whirls #GBBOGlutenFree | Anyonita Nibbles
Yield: 2 dozen individual biscuits or 1 dozen sandwich biscuits
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Gluten Free Viennese Whirls

Viennese Whirls -- crunchy, buttery cookies sandwiched between creamy vanilla buttercream and fruity jam. They're bliss and last week's Technical Challenge from the Great British Bake Off. I love watching Bake Off, but it always makes me frustrated that there's rarely any mention of gluten free alternatives or even gluten free baking, so I've decided to challenge myself to trying every technical challenge but making them suitable for coeliacs. It'd be great if you joined in! Just use the #GBBOGlutenFree hashtag to share your bakes and spread the word about gluten free baking!

Gluten free Viennese Whirls with strawberry jam and vanilla buttercream | Anyonita Nibbles

These biscuits are easy to make, guys. So simple. In fact, I got a little bit too cocky whilst making them and allowed my first batch to burn. Don't do what I did. Keep an eye on your oven, because they'll turn fast!

An Engineer for a Day: #DysonChallenge

Friday, September 2, 2016

We took the #DysonChallenge & spent the morning learning how to be engineers with Dyson & Currys!
Engineers for a Day: #DysonChallenge | Anyonita Nibbles

Taking the #DysonChallenge with Dyson & Currys

One of Callum's hobbies is using blocks to construct and engineer impressive structures--from complex hospitals to lofty medieval castles; he's an extremely hands-on kid. Naturally, I leapt at the opportunity to take him along to an engineering workshop hosted by Dyson and Curry's.

Two weeks ago, we joined the company of a dozen or so other would-be engineers and enrolled in a day-long Dyson bootcamp. Sheltered against the constant Manchester rain, we met in the perfect venue for a morning of engineering: the MOSI, the site of the world's first ever passenger train station, a natural homage to the beauty of industry and engineering.