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Birthday surprise!


I received my first birthday present this year in advance. The surprise came from a Dutch couple friend. Their eldest daughter is my daughter’s best friend. They met for the first time in kindergarten 8 years ago. Going to elementary school is also together. It is a very happy thing to have a childhood friend. As parents, we have also become trusted good friends. Their younger daughter and I have a birthday in the same day. So they will not forget to congratulate me every year.

Fate has a magical aspect. But think about it carefully, the first acquaintance and the deep understanding are also the results of our initiative actions. At the beginning, opportunities were created by us for our children to play together. Later, we found that we could become friends as well. Of course, you need luck to make a right choice. But “Birds of a feather flock together” is the same everywhere. It is estimated that this is what we call fate!

Today is my birthday. I made many cakes early in the morning and put in a basket. I brought a surprise to this little girl who had the same birthday as me. Sharing makes me especially happy. Good friends are: you are in my heart, I am in your heart.

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Season food 当季食品

1 dish 1 day No.6 一日一食

This year is a strange year. All activities have stopped since March. Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club is normally a socially active place for the members. It has suddenly disappeared from my calendar. Every May in Koniklijke IGC have traditional dinner parties, such as herring night and white asparagus dinner. It seems that this year can only be self-reliant. Last weekend, my friend from the south came to visit me and brought fresh white asparagus. So, I put on my apron and doing the cooking. Finally I enjoy my own Slow Food.

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The beauty of distance


People ’s social habits have been forced to change in the past six weeks. Friends and families in the Netherlands met, kissed each other’s cheeks three times. Hugging was the norm, of course. Suddenly requiring everyone to keep a distance makes the Dutch very unaccustomed. Because everyone can’t do the usual habits, they realize the importance of the distance between people. Let’s take another angle to see if the distance can be optimistic. Sometimes when we observe things, we will discover new beauty through the distance. We often realize what is most important after increasing the distance.


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Easter Greeting 2020

复活节问候 2020

Photographer, Chef, Piano, Film all by XiaoJia Xu 摄影,厨师,钢琴演奏,影片拍摄剪辑由 XiaoJia Xu 完成。

The first attempt. Although a bit slow at the beginning, but it is always good to have results. 第一次尝试。 虽然开始创作时有点慢,但是能取得结果总是好的。

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Last week I made six chocolate brownie cakes. Four of them were sent to my neighbors on both sides of the street. A new neighbor just moved in for a year. A few days ago, they got a new born baby. But, of course no party. One old couple live next door. I can ask their help at any time. An old couple live in the other side of the street. They have no children. They work in different churches. Such wise and warm people. The neighbor on the opposite side is a big family. They invited me to spend the last Christmas with them together. My daughter saw me how to make a surprise to our lovely neighbors. She asked me if she can send her surprise to her best friends too. So I have to make two more cakes. During the isolation, we made some surprises for the neighbors. In addition to the virus that scared everyone, there are many sweet molecules in the air. Eat few more bites of chocolate and have more happiness. A few days later, there was a small surprise in front of my door. A bouquet of spring color from the old couple. The Corona isolation kept the distance between people’s bodies, but on the contrary shortened the distance between people’s hearts.