A book with Philippino culture with lots of women and some very strange food
[ wikipedia says:
Filipino cuisine centres around the combination of sweet (tamis), sour (asim), and salty (alat), although in Bicol, the Cordilleras and among Muslim Filipinos, spicy (anghang) is a base of cooking flavor.
Counterpoint is a feature in Philippine cuisine which normally comes in a pairing of something sweet with something salty, and results in surprisingly pleasing combinations. Examples include: champorado (a sweet cocoa rice porridge), being paired with tuyo (salted, sun-dried fish); dinuguan (a savory stew made of pig’s blood and innards), paired with puto (sweet, steamed rice cakes); unripe fruits such as mangoes (which are only slightly sweet but very sour), are eaten dipped in salt or bagoong; the use of cheese (which is salty) in sweetcakes (such as bibingka and puto), as well as an ice cream flavoring.
Vinegar is a common ingredient. Adobo is popular not solely for its simplicity and ease of preparation, but also for its ability to be stored for days without spoiling, and even improve in flavor with a day or two of storage. Tinapa is a smoke-cured fish while tuyo, daing, and dangit are corned, sun-dried fish popular because they can last for weeks without spoiling, even without refrigeration.]
which doesn’t appeal to me at all.
however, if you want to try some here is a link to some popular dishes.
So we have a Canadian Ice Hockey (2nd League) team and the very large guys who get into the physical scrapping part of this game. And the team needs publicity and thinks that a calendar of beefcake for the cat shelter charity will bring the right type.
Mr November meets the small Philippino girl involved in the charity and eats her cultural dishes with relish and thus a match is made…
Fun story with humour.