Elaine VitikainenHelsinki, FI
Hi! I'm a visual practitioner based in Helsinki. I love to draw, eat and travel!
Recipes By Elaine Vitikainen
This Red Beans recipe brings back lots of fond memories of my father who loved this recipe. Although, as a child growing up in the Philippines, it was such a task to separate the Malunggay (Moringa) leaves from its stems. It just took a long time! But I surely enjoy the combination of Red Beans and Langka (Jackfruit), especially with some splash of Patis (Fish sauce). I present this recipe in memory of my father. He must be smiling in heaven as I created this recipe!
Many people find these ice-cream flavours strange. But in the Philippines, the Ube (purple yam) and Macapuno (mutant coconut) ice-cream are the most common ice-cream. Serving ice-cream inside a young coconut is a great way to enjoy it. The soft, jelly like meat of the young coconut is a refreshing addition to the taste.
These light, moist small French cakes called Financier are just excellent. Traditionally, these cakes were baked using a rectangular pan which was shaped like a bar of gold and so it was called Financier. But it was also said that its name came from being popular in the financial district of Paris.
I created this recipe during a work assignment in the province of Cambodia some years ago. During that time, butter was a rare treat and so I had to substitute it with vegetable oil. But all the same, these are delicious. All I need is a quick 10 minutes preparation!