Berry & Whipped Mascarpone Anzac (Oatmeal) Tart | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Around this time last year, I shared a recipe for Anzac Biscuits and the history behind them with you all. As another Anzac Day approaches, I wanted to share another Anzac-themed recipe with you. Anzac Day commemorates the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who have fought and died representing their country in wars and conflicts. Every year, on 25 April, we take […]

Wagon Wheels | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Welcome back! It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these Australian biscuit soirées. I do apologise for the hiatus. I don’t have any real excuse for it, but I brought biscuits, so you’ll forgive me, right? These aren’t just any biscuits either. These are huge, ginormous, big as your palm, Wagon Wheels. For those […]

Chocolate Biscuit Slice | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

An easy, elegant, no bake slice consisting of a rich chocolate coating encasing layers of biscuits then topped with coconut and almonds. Perfect for those times when you want the best results for the least amount of effort! Wooot! The long weekend has arrived! This is probably my favourite weekend of the year, because we get […]

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 […]


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