Lemon, Asparagus, Mushroom & Crispy Prosciutto Pasta | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Asparagus and mushroom pasta smothered in a creamy, lemony sauce then mixed with the crispiest, saltiest prosciutto. It’s the perfect summer dish – enjoy as a quick and easy meal or take it to your next barbeque or potluck. This is a scheduled post, as I’m currently travelling around Africa for ten weeks. Jealous much?! […]

Chocolate, Raspberry & Mascarpone Toasted Cheese Sandwich | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Juicy raspberries sandwiched between layers of Nutella and mascarpone, then toasted to grilled cheese perfection. Sweet Cheesus! This is a scheduled post, as I’m currently travelling around Africa for ten weeks. Jealous much?! So, in my last post I promised a brand spanking new series here on Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind. And guess […]

Asian Pork Fillet/Tenderloin | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

A juicy and tender pork fillet/tenderloin marinated in all the flavours you’d expect to find in your favourite Chinese restaurant.  And so our big adventure is about to begin. This is the last post I’m writing before we head on our 10 week African adventure. I have five posts lined up for while I’m away, one […]

Lemon Curd Crumb Cake | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

A moist butter cake swirled with a sweet and tangy lemon curd then sprinkled with an easy crumble topping. The perfect cake for any occasion. And so easy to throw together. It’s my last week of work this week! I don’t think it’s fully hit me yet. I feel excited and also sad to be leaving such an […]

Beer-Battered Fish Tacos | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

These beer-battered fish tacos with chilli-lime crema are a quick and easy meal that is full of flavour and perfect on a warm summer’s evening served with an ice cold beer. The countdown is majorly on now. T minus 15 days until we fly out of London. I’m internally stressing that there’s still so much to […]

Lemon Curd | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Sweet and tart homemade lemon curd, made with only four ingredients. It’s an extremely versatile treat that can be used to add a little kick to your yoghurt and granola, as a topping for fruit salad, a spread for your scones or toast, or simply baked into a cake. I think today’s recipe is the perfect way to pay homage […]

Soba Noodles with Vegetables | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Crunchy stir-fried vegetables mixed with soba noodles with a Chinese-flavoured sauce. A great vegetarian dish served hot or cold. So I have some news to share with everyone today! I’ve been sitting on it for a while, but it’s coming up fast, so I feel like it’s time to share. I won’t beat around the bush; Iain […]

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