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 […]

Fruit Pizza | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Oh. My. God. This Fruit Pizza is to die for. It feels like only yesterday I was munching on this beauty, but it turns out it was quite a few weeks ago now. While not strictly a pizza in any way apart from it’s shape, this giant frosted cookie topped with fruit is the epitome […]

Brown Sugar & Chilli-Rubbed Salmon | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

As a kid I used to hate seafood, just because. I don’t think I’d ever given it a chance, I had just decided at some stage that it wasn’t for me. The only thing I would eat were my mum’s salmon rissoles, and even those I occasionally had issues with. I was the queen of […]

Cookie Butter Rocky Road | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that the soccer/football World Cup has started this week. I personally find soccer boring, but we have a sweepstake going at work, and I drew Brazil, so I’m interested enough to barrack for them, especially because they’re a decent team and […]


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