I couldn’t write a book set in the Philippines that doesn’t include our glorious food. I am so happy several of Boracay Vows readers have taken notice.
An Amazon customer titled her review, “Made me sooo hungry,” and proceeded to say, “I also loved the setting and learning a little about the Philippines and the amazing food that I HAVE to try!”
An iBook reader enthused, “Congratulations and now I want Filipino foooooooood!!!!!”
A photographer friend endorsed Boracay Vows on her page and inspired the quote I used here, “… it’s got plenty of steam and mouthwatering descriptions of food.”
In the Author’s Note, I promised to post the recipes in my blog. You’ll find them linked below, but the recipe I’m featuring here is Pancit Bihon, one of the three variants of pancit mentioned in Boracay Vows.
Usually stir-fried, pancit or pansit is a noodle dish the Filipinos adapted from the Chinese. It can be eaten for lunch, snack, or dinner and is a staple during fiestas and especially during birthday celebrations to accompany the wish for long life. It’s a great summer dish but can be served throughout the year.
There are as many ways to cook pancit bihon as there are islands in the Philippines. This is my version.
Please visit my blog Carpe Diem Chronicles to copy the recipes for adobo, sinigang, and lumpia. Email me if you have any questions about the ingredients or instructions.
Watch out for more recipes from my books New York Engagement (Irish-Filipino fusion), Singapore Fling (Malay, Indian, and Singaporean food), and Samui Heat (Thai food).
Boracay Vows by Maida Malby
To fulfill one vow she has to break another
Krista Lopez has five days to fulfill her Turning-Thirty Vow—the promise to do something life-changing in celebration of this milestone birthday. Her plan: give in to her attraction to her boss Mr. Blake Ryan.
Krista’s Irish-American hunk of a boss is conveniently vacationing in the same posh resort in Boracay. When he proposes a one-week affair while they're on vacation, she accepts. It's only a fling, after all. Krista will not fall for an American. She can't. She promised her mother.
Promises are made to be broken
Krista and Blake hope what happens in Boracay stays in Boracay. They want to keep their affair a secret from their colleagues, from her family. But, secrets have a way of coming out. When they're found out, will Krista and Blake end their affair or will they say Carpe Diem to the promise of a love of a lifetime?
Watch out for Book 2 Singapore Fling in Early Fall and Book 2.5 Palawan Promises during Christmas 2018!
Where was my best summer vacation ever? Camden, Maine to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. (Picture # 1) We’d been traveling to New England for several years, beginning with Vermont and branching out to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Then we discovered Maine.
Oh my goodness. I just fell in love with the rugged coastline and the majestic granite. Well, the lobster didn’t hurt either. (On one of trips to Bar Harbor, we realized we’d eaten lobster every single day!)
But back to Camden and our anniversary trip, which was in June rather than the fall when we normally made the New England trek. We stayed in a lovely B & B called Inn on Sunrise Point. Please check out the link. https://www.sunrisepoint.com/
You couldn’t ask for better vistas. (Picture # 2) The Inn has a charming breakfast room full of windows and light, with again amazing views. (Picture # 3) This is where I discovered Adirondack chairs. (I now have three in my own yard.)
Camden has an incredibly beautiful harbor. (Picture # 4) We took a cruise out on a schooner. In honor of our anniversary, the owners gave us a piece of their original boat. It was cold and windy out on the water in June. I loved it since friends and family at home were baking in 100-degree temps. Seeing the large homes and lighthouses from the water was a real kick. (Picture # 5)
We ate our anniversary dinner in town at a restaurant in an old home. They gave us a whole room to ourselves. Yummy food, great atmosphere, and we shared many wonderful memories. (Picture #6)
Mount Batty is a wonderful place to view the whole harbor from. We drove, but heartier souls climbed up to the top.
The second book in my Second Chances Series, ACT OF TRUST, is set in Maine, and the hero and heroine go on a road trip that takes them through Camden. (Picture #7)
While I prefer the rocky coasts of Maine, you can find some wonderful sand beaches in the southern part of the state just north of Portland. My dream is to spend the whole summer in Maine and write. May not ever happen, but in the meantime, we return whenever we can. Check out this amazing state.
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A widow since 9/11 and a mother of grown daughter, Kate Thompson wants to keep her and her daughter safe, but the inheritance of land in Maine pushes her out of her comfort zone in Texas and into the arms of a Maine lawyer.
Maine lawyer and environmentalist, Jim Donovan wants to protect Aunt Liddy’s land and keep it from falling into the hands of the developers, but first he has to convince Kate Thompson she should hold on to the family land when she doesn’t even want to go look at it. However, he’s unprepared for the attraction each feels for the other, but denies exists.
Will they be able to settle the land deal before anyone else is killed or they break each other’s hearts?
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