Hi there, I’m Alice! I’m an Aussie living in London (yes, another one!). I’ve been here two and a half three years now, enjoying the quirkiness of the British and trying to stay warm and dry (normally I can manage one of the two!).

Profile 2I absolutely love travelling; I live and breathe it. I currently work for an adventure travel company, so I get to talk about it all day and dream about it at night and that suits me just fine. I caught the travel bug early in life growing up as an army brat. We moved every two or three years, mostly around Australia, but there was a 2-year stint in America (which I can’t remember) and a 3-year stint in Italy, so it was pretty much inevitable that I would be hooked. Since becoming an ‘adult’ I’ve been lucky enough to do a semester abroad in Canada for uni, and now I’m in the UK, traipsing off to various countries on the continent every other weekend (I wish!).

Scratch Map

I started this blog as a way to improve both my cooking and my photography. I’ve always been fascinated by photography, cooking not so much. But I decided it was time to be a grown up and expand my cooking and baking repertoire. And do you know what? I have come to love cooking and baking more than I ever thought possible.

I use a Sony Nex-5 ‘interchangeable lens’ camera with an 18-55mm lens for all my photos. It’s great because I don’t feel like I know enough for a big person’s camera yet, but this lets me have a bit more control over my photos.

My likes include (but are not limited to): chocolate (who doesn’t?), berries, passionfruit yoghurt, Candy Crush Saga (minor addiction, I’m not ashamed), reading, pizza, Gilmore Girls, bolognese sauce, strawberry and lime cider, English Breakfast tea (black, one sugar).

Dislikes: peanuts (sorry to the peanut lovers out there, there will never be a recipe on this blog that contains any form of peanuts), coriander/cilantro, coffee, hazelnuts, salads, rain, hangovers, getting out of bed in the morning (especially when it’s cold…or Monday).

Feel free to keep in touch, send me ideas and comment on my posts.

If you’d like to use one of my recipes on your blog or website, go ahead, but please credit me, rewrite the recipe in your own words and link back to my original post. If you’d like to use a photo for a round-up style post, that’s no problem as well. Again, please credit me and link back to my original post.

You can follow me on FacebookPinterest, Twitter and Instagram or email me at closeencounterscookingkind@gmail.com


Alice 🙂



  1. Hi, Alice…..just want to welcome you as a follower of my blog, Deliciousonadollar. I hope you will continue to find posts that interest you. Best of luck with your cooking adventures and your blog.

    1. Hi Carolyn, thanks for visiting. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes! They look delicious.

  2. Hi Alice. Thank you so much for following me because I have now found your lovely blog (I’m now following). Everything looks really good. I’m looking forward to reading future posts. Best Wishes. Julie x

    1. Hi Julie, you’re most welcome and thank you for following me. It’s always a happy coincidence to find blogs like yours. With the sheer number of them, sometimes it can be like finding a needle in a haystack.

  3. Hi Alice! I really enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Learn more here: http://ifyougiveablondeakitchen.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/dragons-loyalty-award/

  4. A scratch map! That sounds like one of the best things ever! *runs off to google where I can get one*
    Your cooking adventures look fun and I’m looking forward to following along 🙂

    1. It really is! I absolutely adore mine!
      I know Stanfords, John Lewis and Amazon sell them on their websites. I normally go to the Stanfords store in Covent Garden because it’s full of everything travel related and I love just walking around the shop, but Amazon is usually a little bit cheaper and easier if you’re not in London.

  5. Hey Alice! I’ve nomimated ya for the Liebster Award, if you’re interested in participating here’s the link for the rules/details. thanks for your great blog 🙂



  6. Alice, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award! Here’s the link!

  7. Hi Alice, glad Jhuls introduced you, nice to meet you and look forward to your recipes:)

    1. Lovely to meet you too! Looking forward to yours as well.

  8. Discovering new blogs is so much fun and exciting. I hope you find time to mingle with your other fellow nominees as you have been awarded the LIESTER AWARD. Participation is optional. If interested, please click the link for details: http://thenotsocreativecook.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/liebster-award/

    xx Jhuls

  9. Hi Alice! Thanks so much for following my blog- followed yours! Just been looking at all your recipes, I’m already hooked as everything looks absolutely divine! 🙂 Have a great weekend xx

    1. Thanks Jess! Looking forward to some of your recipes too, they look stunning. Enjoy your weekend as well 🙂

  10. Hi Alice, love your recipes and photography, do you want to join our WP group board on Pinterest? Here’s my post about it http://wp.me/p4eIMh-dV Let me know if you are interested. Would love to have you:)

  11. Hi Alice! Its nice to know that you love traveling 🙂 Loved your blog and your recipes!

  12. vanessa rumore · · Reply

    What an awesome blog! Love your work, good on your Alice!

    1. Thanks Vanessa! Glad you like it and thanks for visiting!

  13. Tasty Recipes · · Reply

    I’m so thrilled I found your blog! So many great and truly inspiring recipes and your pics look amazingly tempting! Thank you for sharing your recipes ^^
    Stefania – Tasty Recipes

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