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Monday, October 27, 2008

Two-Year Bloggerversary Week

Happy Birthday to House of Annie!

2 year birthday

This week, we celebrate our two-year bloggerversary! When I look back at our earliest posts, I see how much we've changed over the years, and especially over these past five months. It has been a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun. And we owe a lot of credit to our friend Bee from the excellent Rasa Malaysia food blog. Her example and her guidance have helped make this blog (especially the pictures) so much better.

Guest Posting

About a month ago, Bee asked if we would be interested to guest post on her site. It would be a way for us to work on a recipe that her readers have been asking her for, and a way for her readers to get to know us. We were thrilled to be invited! And so, we cooked the very popular dish, Singapore Fried Rice Noodles, for her site. An excerpt:

Here is a recipe for Sing Chow Mai Fun or Singapore fried rice noodles; while it may not be the version that Annie is used to in Malaysia, it's one of the best Singapore fried rice noodle dishes I've tasted...

Singapore Fried Rice Noodles in Progress

Singapore Fried Rice Noodles in Progress

Read the rest of the article on Rasa Malaysia's website!

Welcome, Selamat Datang, and E Komo Mai!

To all the readers who've recently discovered us, welcome. Please allow me to introduce ourselves.

I (Nate) was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. I work in IT here in San Jose, California. I am a barbecue afficionado, but have been known to occasionally make something on the stove instead of the grill.

Annie was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is a stay-at-home-mom to our two kids. The kids keep her busy, so she has learned to be efficient with her cooking -- like how to prepare tasty meals in as little time as necessary.

The House of Annie blog was started to chronicle our eating adventures, from our own kitchen, to our occasional eating out, to our travels every once in a while. We cook a mix of Asian dishes, including Malaysian, Chinese, and Japanese cuisine. Annie is big into baking, so you'll see breads and cakes and other goodies being turned out from our oven. You'll find smatterings of Western foods as well, including the aforementioned barbecue.

We do hope you stay awhile and browse through our nearly 300 articles. Who knows? You may find a recipe that you've been looking for! And if not, feel free to email us through the Contact link at the top of the page. We're happy to take requests ;-)

Aloha, Nate

PS: As we wrote in the Singapore fried rice noodle post on Bee's site, that version is not the one that Annie is used to in Malaysia. We are working on getting a Malaysian-style Sing Chow Mai Fun recipe up soon, so stay tuned!

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35 Comments:

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Happy Bloggerversary! A whole week of celebration too! Hehe. Well done, you guys! :-)

K and S said...

happy blog b-day!

Beau Lotus said...

Joyeux Blogger-anniversaire!

Keep up the good work - to more good food!

Ning said...

Happy Happy Bloggerversary!!! And cheers for more years of yummy blogging to come!!! :)

MySimpleFood said...

Congrats! Am very happy for you. I just started in food blogging and am really excited too. Hope to be able to learn from you and grow together. To more lovely foods ahead!

Food For Tots said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Keep up your good work! I luv ur blog and hope to see more great articles in future.加油!!

Salt N Turmeric said...

Happy 2nd Bloggerversary!

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Happy blogversary... Congrats on achieving that milestone... That is definitely an awesome cake...

taste memory said...

congrats to two years....look forward t more yummy food posts!

drstel said...

congratulations Nate and Annie! looking forward to many many more food adventures!

Mrs. L said...

Happy Bloggerversary! I so love your blog and I'm so happy to have found it. Many more years of good food!

maybelle's mom said...

congratulations. lovely cake.

Kristen said...

Wow - happy bloggerversary! That cake looks fabulous :)
Keep up the great work.

Kalyn said...

Happy Blog Anniversary to you both. Keep up the good work!

Robert said...

Wow, congratulations. I have enjoyed your blog and glad you told me about it.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Happy blogiversary!

passionfordecor said...

Happy anniversary!!

Nate-n-Annie said...

@all - thank you, thank you, thank you! I truly appreciate all your comments and support. It really spurs us on to be even better.

smile4me8p said...

Congrats on 2 years! That cake looks so tall and delicious. How many layers does it have and what did you fill it with?

Nate-n-Annie said...

@smile4me8p - that chocolate mousse cake was actually for Esther's 2nd birthday party - more than two years ago! But I felt it was an appropriate picture ;-)

It was a 3-layer chocolate cake with chocolate mousse filling and chocolate ganache on top. We used more than a pound of Belgian semi-sweet chocolate in this cake, and lots of heavy cream. Death by chocolate!

It was very hard to make but oh so delicious. *sigh* We're craving chocolate cake too. Maybe Annie will "think" of making it again (it was a difficult cake).

michelle of bleeding espresso said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see what the next year has in store for us :)

ICook4Fun said...

Happy 2nd Bloggerversary!! Looking forward to more of your yummy posting.

Jenster said...

Happy 2nd anniversary! Now I'm dying for good chocolate cake.

Carolyn Jung said...

Woo hooooo, you two! That's an awesome milestone. Congrats! And heck, that cake looks so good I'm hoping you saved me a piece. ;)

J said...

Happy Bloggerversary! OOO! I so want to run my finger through that icing for a scoop of ooey gooey yumminess!

Sorry to steal your AV guy this weekend. Duty calls when it comes to improving Daughter's social studies grade. We're hopping down to SoCal for her California missions project. TTFN!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Congratulations on your 2nd year anniversary. Here's hoping for more blog goodness to come.

Laurie said...

Happy two year birthday!

vanpham said...

Many congratulations! you are my dearest 先輩!Hope to learn more food from you.

ellaella said...

Happy Bloggerversary! You have a gorgeous blog and I'm looking forward to visiting often.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the milestone! Keep going .. great job guys... btw Nate what camera are you using now - photos keep getting better and better :-)

JT

noobcook said...

Happy Bloggervesary ... and congrats! :)

Nate-n-Annie said...

@all - many many thanks for your wishes!

@J - how come you guys have to go all the way to SoCal? Isn't Mission San Jose or Mission San Juan Bautista good enough?

@JT - It's the Canon Digital Rebel XT that I got from Jaden.

Cate Bruce-Low said...

a belated happy bloggerversary to you! can't wait to read more....

shavedicesundays said...

Happy anniversary to you, Nate and Annie. That's two years of a lot of a hard work!

Esteban said...

Hey, congratulations!