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The Most Popular Recipes of 2015 | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

The Most Popular Recipes of 2015

A belated Merry Christmas to you all. Did you have a nice day? Mine was spent with my parents, siblings and their partners at my brother’s place in Wagga Wagga. We had a traditional Aussie Christmas lunch consisting of crabs, cold prawns and cold ham with a couple of salads. Too hot for hot food […]

Melomakarona (Orange & Walnut Biscuits) | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Melomakarona (Orange & Walnut Greek Biscuits)

Crunchy, cake-like orange-flavoured biscuits, dipped in a honey syrup then rolled in walnuts. A traditional Greek biscuit served at Christmastime and the perfect addition to your holiday baking spread. Let me preface this post by saying: I’m not Greek, I don’t have Greek heritage and I’ve only visited Greece once as a 14 year old, […]

Gingerbread Truffles | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Gingerbread Truffles

Soft gingerbread truffles made with gingernut biscuits and dipped in white chocolate. The perfect treat for the holidays. Hi, everybody! It’s taken me a bit of time to get around to writing this post. Before we left for Africa, I had everything set up and ready to go. Since this trip to South-East Asia was […]

Creamy Cauliflower Pasta with Pangrattato | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Creamy Cauliflower Pasta with Pangrattato

Want creamy alfredo sauce without the fatty cream and cheese? Try substituting them with cauliflower for a delicious, creamy pasta sauce. Your guests or kids will never know the difference! It feels weird writing this post. Apart from the Africa photos I dumped on you a couple of weeks ago, I haven’t gone through the whole […]

Peach, Pistachio & Cream Cheese Toasted Cheese Sandwich | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Peach, Pistachio & Cream Cheese Toasted Sandwiches (Sweet Cheesus Series Part 3)

Juicy, ripe peaches, atop layers of cream cheese and honey, sprinkled with pistachios and sandwiched between two slices of crisp, golden toasted bread. This is a scheduled post, as I’m currently travelling around Africa for ten weeks. Jealous much?! Welcome back to the third and final instalment in the Sweet Cheesus Series. A reminder in […]

Prawn Toast | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Prawn Toast

Homemade prawn toast is easier than you think and tastes as good as your favourite Chinese restaurant’s. Great for parties or to serve as a starter with your favourite Chinese main. This is a scheduled post, as I’m currently travelling around Africa for ten weeks. Jealous much?! Anybody that knows me, knows I love prawns. I […]

Blueberry, Lemon & Ricotta Toasted Cheese Sandwich | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Blueberry, Lemon & Ricotta Toasted Sandwiches (Sweet Cheesus Series Part 2)

Blueberries, lemon, ricotta and honey smushed between two slices of golden, perfectly crispy toasted bread. It’s not your average grilled cheese sandwich. This is a scheduled post, as I’m currently travelling around Africa for ten weeks. Jealous much?! Welcome back to the next instalment of the Sweet Cheesus Series! I’m so stoked to bring you part […]