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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, […]

Homemade English Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Homemade English Muffins

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 […]

Iced Vovo Biscuits | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Iced Vovo Biscuits (Australian Biscuit Series Part 3)

Another Australia Day is rolling around on Monday. It feels like just yesterday I was celebrating the last Australia Day and telling you all about Jaffle Meat Pies and the Triple J Hottest 100. This year will be a bit different because it’s not a public holiday in London (obviously!), so I’ll be stuck at work. […]

Mint Slice Biscuits | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Mint Slice Biscuits (Australian Biscuit Series Part 2)

And just like that, our little Australian holiday is over and we’re back in the real world. Booo! This week is not even close to over, but boy has it been hard. On top of the cold weather (goodbye 25°C+ Sydney weather) and being back at work, I’m also struggling with a nasty case of […]

Cranberry Mascarpone Tarts | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Cranberry Mascarpone Tarts

So. This is likely to be my last post of the year. Sad face. But happy face because the reason why it’s my last post this year is because I’m flying back to Australia tonight! Yaay! As much as I love you all, we’re only in Australia for 12 days, so we have to make […]

Gingerbread Christmas Tree | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Gingerbread Christmas Tree

Before I start this post, I want to apologise to my Dad. Dad, I know that this is fifth sweet recipe I’ve posted in a row. I know you like to see a balance here, but I’m sorry to tell you that the next few posts will also contain sweet recipes. It’s just the way […]

Blackberry Galette | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Blackberry Galette

A few weeks ago, Iain and I went blackberry picking. We didn’t go to a farm, or a designated place where you pay to pick berries, we just went to scrub-land near our flat and picked berries to our heart’s content. It shocked me that in this day and age, in a city with a population of […]