Zucchini Bread | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

I think summer’s over. It was so nice and so fleeting and now it’s back to stereotypical London rain and cold. Iain thinks there will be an Indian summer. I’m such a pessimist when it comes to weather that I bet him it wouldn’t happen. We’ll see. I feel like I still had so many […]

Orange & Poppyseed Cake | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

I know you’ve heard of lemon and poppyseed everything before, but have you heard of it’s lesser known sister, orange and poppyseed? This lesser known sister is actually more popular in Australia than lemon and poppyseed and you can even buy it in packet cake mix form. Of course, a packet cake mix is blasphemy in the […]

Bolognese-Stuffed Pasta Shells | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

I don’t post a lot of photos to Instagram, which means that when I do post a photo, it’s got to have substance and a bit of meaning behind it. I don’t just want to post a picture of my breakfast for the sake of posting a picture of my breakfast, you feel me?! The most […]

S'mores Slice | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

S’mores are a big thing in America right? They seem to be the quintessential summer treat, perfect for camping trips and synonymous with the outdoors. There aren’t many components involved in making s’mores, but those components have taken on a life of their own. They’ve been incorporated into everything from muffins to ice cream. Three ingredients and […]

Chicken Pad See Ew | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Do you remember all the rules that existed when you were a teenager? And how the tiniest bit of freedom made you feel so cool? At my school, when you reached Year 12, there were a few privileges that came with being the eldest and wisest students in the school. For one, we had free periods where […]

Sriracha Butter Prawn Skewers | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

What screams summer food to you? For me, it’s prawns. And a good Aussie barbecue. Living in a flat with no balcony means the barbecue isn’t an option this summer, but the prawns definitely are, so I’m getting my fair share while the weather is warm. I’m going to admit that I’ve been using frozen […]

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 […]

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