Carrot Cake | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

A moist, tender double-decker carrot cake, lightly spiced and full of juicy sultanas. Covered in a cream cheese frosting and topped with Easter eggs, it’s the perfect dessert to serve this Spring (or any time of year, really!). I have made this carrot cake three times in the last month or so. Each time, the […]

Southwestern Vegetable-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Remember when I brought you Mushroom Alfredo Spaghetti Squash the other week and told you that I’d been given two spaghetti squash? You guys didn’t think I’d let my second spaghetti squash go to waste without sharing another recipe with you, did you? I put my second and last spaghetti squash to good use, of course! […]

Prawn Saganaki | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

You might not know this about me, but I love prawns. Maybe I haven’t told you this before? Alright, maybe I have! It’s been a while since I’ve shared a prawn recipe, but I feel that now is the perfect time, because spring is nearly here. The weather has warmed up (slightly), the sun is […]

Oreo Truffles | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Oreos are addictive! They are like a drug. If you open a packet, there is no way you’ll be able to put it back in the cupboard half way through. It’s all or nothing. I don’t know what it is about them, but they have the perfect balance of filling and rich chocolatey biscuit. I’m pretty […]

Mushroom Alfredo Spaghetti Squash | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Today I present to you the elusive, impossible to find in London, spaghetti squash! I’ve heard a lot about spaghetti squash since joining the food blogging world. And no matter how peeled I keep my eyes when I walk past a fruit and veggie stand, I have never been able to find this rare little gem. […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Today my work held what has become a biannual tradition – International Food Day! It sounds so corporate and lame, but it is such a great way for the entire team to come together and it really boosts everyone’s spirits. To be fair, we work in travel, so morale is only low when we are […]

Healthy Chocolate Smoothie | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Despite not being a proponent of Valentine’s Day, I do get that it is a fun excuse to spend some quality time with a loved one. We still don’t have plans any plans for the big day. Actually we kind of do. We’re doing nothing and I can’t wait! We’ve had a busy few months, so it’s […]


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