Merry Christmas 2014

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:9-14 (New International Version)

The Light Has Come Into the World

Advent Candles

Merry Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka, and Selamat Hari Natal from House of Annie.

Cheers and Aloha, Annie and Nate

Hawaiian-Style Chex Mix

Hawaiian-Style Chex Mix

Hawaiian Style Chex Mix

One of the first Christmases I spent in Hawaii, I remember my pastor’s wife, Aunty Terumi, giving me a bag of Hawaiian-style Chex Mix in a Ziploc bag. I thought it was just some cereal mixed together and didn’t really understand why it would be a special treat. But I was told I was very fortunate to be a recipient of Aunty Terumi’s Chex mix. She was renowned for her party Chex mix. As soon as I took a bite, I understood the fuss.

It was spectacular.

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U-Pick Cherries at Nunn Better Farms in Brentwood

We take a short trip out of town to go pick our own cherries at Nunn Better Farms in Brentwood. Here’s what we found:

Cherries Waiting to Be Picked

Cherries waiting to be picked

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Kacang Pool (Foul Medammas) Recipe

Kacang Pool / Malaysian Foul Medammas

Kacang pool

I was introduced to kacang pool only very recently, near the end of our stay in Kuching. My friends, who grew up in West Malaysia, and who knew this dish well, wanted to introduce this dish to us. My friend JY told us that kacang pool (as it is called in Malaysia) was derived from the Middle Eastern dish known as foul medammas, which was made from fava beans.

It was served with a sunny side egg and a side of buttered toast. All of that was great to sop up the runny egg and sauce of this dish. That day, as I was eating it, I thought it reminded me very much of American chilli but with some slightly different spices perhaps.

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