How do you guys post an image next to your text, i.e without the use of a link?
Below is a link to Nigella's member page - look below her introduction and you'll find instructions for doing that thing you wish to do.
Here is a link that might be useful: Posting Pics in a Thread
If you just want to simply add a pic to your post you have to use HTML like so;
Copy that and put the url of your image inbetween the " " and change the ( ) to and you should be good to go.
Hope this helps.