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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?! […]

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

Asian Pork Fillet/Tenderloin

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 […]

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

Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Chilli-Lime Crema

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 […]

Soba Noodles with Vegetables | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Soba Noodles with Stir-Fried Vegetables

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 […]

Pesto & Haloumi Veggie Burger | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Pesto & Haloumi Veggie Burgers

A vegetarian burger filled with perfectly cooked haloumi, roasted capsicum, zucchini, rocket and topped with homemade basil pesto. An incredible Mediterranean-flavoured veggie burger. Halluuuuuuuu Me! If you don’t say the word haloumi like this every time, then you’re doing it all wrong. Haloumi is one of the greatest things on this entire planet. If it doesn’t excite […]

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. […]