Cookie Butter Cups | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Can you believe that July is over already? Geez, it’s gone fast, but it’s been a good one. The sun has been shining, the rain has (mostly) stayed away, and I’m really pleased with where the blog is at. It’s been a great month blog-wise – hitting my target so early on, buying my domain name […]

Sesame Chicken Bites | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

I was going to call these Asian Chicken Nuggets, but then I realised the only Asian thing about them is sesame seeds, and they aren’t even specific to Asian food, so I renamed them sesame chicken nuggets. Then I wasn’t sure what constituted a chicken nugget. Was it about their size? The batter used? The […]

Baked Chocolate Donuts with Vanilla Glaze | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

It recently occurred to me that I haven’t utilised my donut pan nearly enough. What else could I do but rectify this shocking situation? So I did some quick thinking and came up with my three favourite donuts of all time. You may be surprised to learn that none of them are the yeasty kind! Number one […]

Lumpiang Shanghai (Filipino Spring Rolls) | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Many moons ago, I dated a guy whose mum was from the Philippines. I am not joking when I tell you that she was straight up the friendliest, nicest person I have ever met in the entire world. She was absolutely gorgeous and every time there was a gathering or party, she made the most delicious […]

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

So I’ve heard that it’s National Ice Cream Month. In America. And even though I’m not American, nor do I live in America, I’ve decided to jump on the bandwagon, because a) I love ice cream (duh!), b) we’ve had some unexpectedly warm weather in London recently and the best thing to cool you down […]

Turkey Meatballs in Tomato and Mozzarella Sauce | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

You’ve heard of Meatless Mondays, right? A lot of bloggers do it, post a meatless recipe each Monday showing the world that you can make tasty food without meat. I get it and I’m all for it, in fact, tonight I’m having a meatless risotto for dinner. In today’s post, however, I’m going to throw Meatless […]

Bagel French Toast with Cream Cheese Glaze | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Regular readers might notice a very small change around here. Almost 9 months to the day after my very first post, I am now the proud owner of my domain name! No more .wordpress for this blog, it has graduated from blogging pre-school to real school. Upgrading my domain name was not a hastily made or random […]

Cranberry & Pistachio Granola Clusters | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

I’m not one to waste food if I can help it, so when I had some pistachios and cranberries left after making my Cranberry & Pistachio Chocolate Bark, I knew I had to find something to make with them. Today I bring you Cranberry & Pistachio Granola Clusters. I love granola oat clusters, but a lot of […]

Cranberry and Pistachio Chocolate Bark | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Welcome to July everybody! This year is going fast, I can’t believe we’re halfway through it already. It feels like just yesterday I was back in Australia enjoying the summer and now I’m enjoying my second summer of the year. Lucky me! I don’t know about you, but at the moment, the less time I spend […]

Grilled Nectarines with Brown Sugar Mascarpone | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

I am so excited right now. You will never guess what happened today. I got tickets to Wimbledon Centre Court for tomorrow! And I didn’t have to camp overnight in ‘The Queue.’ I don’t know if it’s a little known fact, but I’m going to pretend it is, but there are some tickets that go on sale […]


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