Category Nuts

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Cranberry & Pistachio Granola Clusters | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Cranberry & Pistachio Granola Clusters

I’m not one to waste food if I can help it, so when I had some pistachios and cranberries left after making my Cranberry & Pistachio Chocolate Bark, I knew I had to find something to make with them. Today I bring you Cranberry & Pistachio Granola Clusters. I love granola oat clusters, but a lot of […]

Cranberry and Pistachio Chocolate Bark | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Cranberry and Pistachio Chocolate Bark

Welcome to July everybody! This year is going fast, I can’t believe we’re halfway through it already. It feels like just yesterday I was back in Australia enjoying the summer and now I’m enjoying my second summer of the year. Lucky me! I don’t know about you, but at the moment, the less time I spend […]

Lime & Pistachio Muffins | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Lime & Pistachio Muffins

So today is Memorial Day in the US. Those of us in the UK obviously don’t commemorate Memorial Day, but we also have a public holiday here today. It’s commonly known as the Late May Bank Holiday, not to be confused with the Early May Bank Holiday. How original, right?! Looking at the history behind […]