Kingston Biscuits | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

An oat, coconut and golden syrup sandwich biscuit (cookie) full of chocolate cream. Reminiscent of an Anzac biscuit, it makes a quick, easy and satisfying snack. This is a scheduled post as I’m currently off gallivanting around Morocco! I’ll be back soon, but in the meantime, enjoy these Kingston Biscuits! So I’m in Morocco! This […]

Focaccia | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Homemade focaccia consists of a few basic ingredients that produce a delicious, fluffy bread. Great for sandwiches or dipping in soups and stews. Or enjoy it all on its own. It’s that good! Whoop, whoop I’m going on holiday this weekend! Iain and I are off to Morocco for two weeks and I can’t wait. It’s going to be […]

Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

A moist chocolate orange bundt cake topped with an orange-infused chocolate ganache. Great for an afternoon snack or to serve for dessert at a dinner party. It’s a versatile cake that is sure to please. Oh hiiii there! Sorry for the unexplained hiatus last week. It was not intentional, but it was much needed. My hay fever […]

Homemade English Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

English muffins from scratch are easier than you think. Great with butter and jam for a quick and easy breakfast or use them for a relaxed weekend brunch of Eggs Benedict. Man oh man am I sick of this hay fever! I think we’re almost up to three weeks of it now and I am so […]

Chicken & Chorizo Jambalaya | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

This easy dinner is packed full of flavour and loaded with crispy chorizo and juicy chicken. You can’t go wrong with chorizo in your life! Let me tell you something about my life right now. Hay fever has taken over and it sucks so much! I had never in my entire life had hay fever until I moved to London […]

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 […]


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