Marbled Chocolate Cookies

marble cookies

I’m not a big fan of baking cookies. *Gasp!* Is that horrible to say?

As a baker, I’ve always enjoyed baking cakes more. I like that I just have to mix together my batter, pour into a pan, stick it into the oven and forget about it till it’s done. While waiting, I get to clean up my mess and when the cake comes out, I just have to wait a while, and I can cut into a large slice. Make myself some tea, and voila, I’ve got a tea-time snack all ready to go.

But every so often, I wish I could have a cookie.

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There’s No Place Like Penang

We’re not in Kuching anymore, Toto.

welcome to Penang

We’re off in Penang for a whirlwind trip to visit Annie’s family and eat, eat, eat!

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What Happened to my New Year’s Resolution?

In the beginning of 2010, I made a New Year’s Resolution. One that I hoped I would have better chances at keeping than previous years when I had tried to lose weight (never happened–writing a food blog doesn’t help, nor does age), tried to exercise more (does turning the pages of a book count?). This past year, I decided to focus things I could do but push myself more.

To recap, I resolved to conquer some of my fears of cooking unfamiliar foods or cooking with techniques that I don’t often use. The list included:

1. Deep frying
2. Cooking squid
3. Cooking Mexican food
4. Baking artisanal bread
5. Cooking duck
6. And finally, cooking challenging dishes

So how did I do? Um…can I say I succeeded fryingly in some and then totally ducked out of others?  Let’s look at the six items one at a time and see how I did.

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House of Annie 20 Favorites of 2010

Another wonderful year is behind us, and so before we press onward with 2011, I’d like to take a look back at our 20 favorite posts of 2010.

Banana Nut Bread Recipe

We buy a lot of bananas here in Sarawak because they’re so plentiful and cheap. AND there are so many different varieties. Sometimes, though we can’t eat them fast enough and the last bananas in the bunch start to get overripe. That’s fine, though, because then they’re perfect for making banana nut bread!

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