Category Italian

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 […]

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

Lemon, Asparagus, Mushroom & Crispy Prosciutto Pasta

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?! […]

Basil Pesto - Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Homemade Basil Pesto

Only a handful of ingredients are needed to make the lushest basil pesto you’ll ever taste. It only takes 5 minutes to make, so you have no excuse not to ditch the store-bought stuff. Boy oh boy, have I got a treat for you today. It’s going to rock your world. It’s going to make re-evaluate everything. […]

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 […]

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. When I first started Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind, I wasn’t very well-organised. I decided to start the blog without having any content prepared or recipes tested. I was flying by the seat of my pants, but it was all because I was so […]

Roasted Red Pepper & Goats Cheese Alfredo | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Roasted Red Pepper and Goats Cheese Alfredo

Iain and I have been doing a weekly meal plan in our house for a while now and I absolutely love knowing what’s coming up on the menu for the week. We had always done a basic meal plan, but we tended to stick to tried and true recipes. Something about going that step further and sitting […]

Creamy Prawn & Mushroom Linguine | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Creamy Prawn & Mushroom Linguine

The prawn monster has been let loose in our flat again! She’s the cookie monster’s long lost sister, and her catchphrase is ‘Me want prawns.’ She has a bit more of an adult palate than cookie monster, and she might also very closely resemble someone called Alice. I’ve said it before and I’ll say a million […]