Recipes

Takoyaki - Japanese Octopus Balls recipe

Street Eats, Golden Snitches & Takoyaki Octopus Balls

I’ve written previously about our unhealthy obsession with hot steamy balls. Octopus balls that is. Before you get excited, I’m not talking about the gonads of an octopus (which, incidentally, are located in their heads… should you ever happen to be looking), I’m talking takoyaki, those dangerously addictive spheres of flour, eggs and dashi, studded with octopus pieces, ginger and green […] Read more…

Under the spell of Osaka and Okonomiyaki

It’s most iconic structure may be a 16th-century shogunate castle that sets Raffles samurai senses tingling, but Osaka is probably better known for its high tech architecture, street eats and many, many stars… Michelin stars, that is. Japan’s undisputed gastronomic capital, it is said that the people of Osaka spend more money on food than on anything else. In fact, the […] Read more…

Viking Burger with swedsh meatball patty and pickled red cabbage

How to train your Viking Burger

Raffles has never been what you’d call a fickle child. Loyal, devoted and obsessive yes, but fickle? Never. Sanity is something else he’s rarely accused of. Understandable given that the kid is a nut-job of the highest order. Not that I’m complaining. In fact, I’m quite partial to a little weirdness in my offspring. But […] Read more…

Green Mango Salad with Balmain bug recipe

Green Mango Salad with Balmain bug

When I was growing up, back in the days when the paleo diet was all about eating actual dinosaurs, salad pretty much meant tomato, cucumber and lettuce in a bowl. We’re talking of a time when kale and quinoa were unheard of, chia seeds were used to grow the grass-like fur on faddish 80’s terracotta […] Read more…

crab and gruyere tarts

Blue Swimmer crab tarts  

Raffles has loved seafood since he was a baby. Pre-teeth he would gum down bowl after bowl of fish congee and flaked salmon. By two he was gnawing on prawns and demolishing plates of fresh fish. Soon enough he was eating it raw, and is still a sucker for any kind of sashimi. In fact, […] Read more…

Wookie Cookie

May the fork be with you

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…  there lived a small blonde weirdo who, for the sake of this blog post, we shall call Raffles Skywalker. The young Skywalker hailed from the tasty planet of Eats World and – as he consumed everything that wasn’t locked up with a gluttonous intent comparable […] Read more…

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