Category Savoury Snacks

Prawn Toast | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Prawn Toast

Homemade prawn toast is easier than you think and tastes as good as your favourite Chinese restaurant’s. Great for parties or to serve as a starter with your favourite Chinese main. This is a scheduled post, as I’m currently travelling around Africa for ten weeks. Jealous much?! Anybody that knows me, knows I love prawns. I […]

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 […]

Fried Rice | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Fried Rice

Ah, fried rice. You glorious side dish, you. You’ve got the perfect texture of rice that has stuck to the side of the wok and vegetables that are just tender enough. Your flavours are simple, yet varied. And you pair so well with any number of stir-fries, but also taste great on your own, reheated for […]

Toasted Ravioli | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Toasted Ravioli

It’s amazing the kinds of things you can deep-fry, isn’t it? Apart from the usual suspects – chicken, fish, potatoes, donuts – it seems that if it’s a food, then someone has tried to deep-fry it. The Scottish are known for deep-fried Mars Bars, deep-fried ice cream hails from somewhere in Asia (or America according […]

Lumpiang Shanghai (Filipino Spring Rolls) | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Lumpiang Shanghai (Filipino Spring Rolls)

Many moons ago, I dated a guy whose mum was from the Philippines. I am not joking when I tell you that she was straight up the friendliest, nicest person I have ever met in the entire world. She was absolutely gorgeous and every time there was a gathering or party, she made the most delicious […]

Pork and Mushroom Pan-Fried Dumplings | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Pork and Mushroom Pan-Fried Dumplings

I was all ready to post this recipe last Wednesday, with a little spiel about how I wasn’t going to be posting for a week or so because Iain and I were off to Russia. RUSSIA! We were so excited. We were going to spend 3 days in Moscow, 3 days in St Petersburg, then […]

Baked Pita Chips | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Baked Pita Chips

I’ve been having trouble getting inspiration lately. Not so much for blog posts, but I just don’t know what I feel like cooking at the moment. I’m finding so many amazing recipes everywhere, but I’m trying to eat a bit more healthily and only make one sweet dish a week, so that rules out a […]