Happy Father’s Day!


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Audrey asked me to take Peter out of the house because she wanted to prepare something special for daddy on Father’s Day.  She is coming with me to Budapest and will not see him for over a month. 


I’m so glad that we got chased out of the house on this glorious summer day. Instead of trying to tidy up the house, Peter and I explored the steps of Greenwich St. that led up to Coit Tower.  San Francisco is known for the hundreds of steep steps all over the city, and having lived here for more than 2 decades I am yet to walk many of them for the first time.  These narrow steps are the hidden oases in the middle of the city away from the hustle bustle of the motor engines. In the little public gardens along the steps of Greenwich St. in Telegraph Hill, you can still catch sight of the famous wild parrots that were featured in a documentary called The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill by a local filmmaker, Judy Irvine.  San Francisco is definitely a city to be traversed on foot.

We walked up and down the hills for hours and worked up a ravenous appetite when we came home, just in time to eat this delicious three layer chocolate strawberry cake that Audrey took more than three hours to make.

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Angela took these pictures for us.  Apparently, Audrey had to change a shirt midway through the making of this cake because she spilled gooey chocolate all over herself.  The kitchen looked like a hurricane had swept through it, but the cake was delicious beyond words.  Since it is healthy, according to Audrey, we each had a huge piece of it.  (After I saw what she typed up below, I am not so sure.) 



After stuffing ourselves with the cake, we saw a beautifully made Indian film called Lunchbox.  The film introduced a captivating slice of life in India and transported me to the bustling and chaotic streets of Mumbai.  It is a tender and delicious story about the hunger and longing for love, all through a meticulously prepared sumptuous lunchbox. If you are like me, feeling a little left out with all the action packed summer blockbusters, this little film can be something different for a change of pace.  If you are eating alone at home, this little film will sweeten your solitude.  If you are cooking for a date, this film will fill him or her with a longing — you will get your kiss, and more.

Audrey said that she improvised a a great deal but the following was close to what she did.


Three Layer Chocolate Strawberry Cake


1  cup xylitol

1 3/4 cups wholewheat flour

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup hot water

1/2 cup coconut oil, melted

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups chopped fresh strawberries + more for the topping

Mix together dry ingredients. Mix together wet ingredients. Mix all. Bake at 350 fahrenheit, for about 35 minutes.


Frosting Ingredients:

3/4 cup xylitol

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

2 tablespoons fat-free condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Blend xylitol in food processor until it is at a powdered sugar consistency. Mix ingredients together. (We still have a lot of frost left that we don’t know what to do with.)


4 thoughts on “Happy Father’s Day!

  1. 陈老师,我好久没来此页面了。我bjzhaoxiubo.以前曾经常来和老师交流。因为邮箱有订制您的博客,所以有时在邮箱里看一下。但我用以订阅您博客的邮箱是GMAIL的邮箱。GMAIL在电脑上基本访问不了了。我都是用手机邮箱大师APP看。我一直有个小想法。我想练练笔译,养成像您一样,每天都做一样事情的习惯。所以我想把您的英文博客翻译成汉语的。这个想法是我个人的,初衷是为了练习翻译,和享受美美的图片~我现在是freelancer,不属于什么公司或机构,我的社保和公积金是找的公司挂靠。


    • 谢谢你对我博客的兴趣,因为我不认识你,也不知道你翻译出来的文字会是怎样的,很难在这个阶段承诺你什么。我的博客文章也是有好有坏,并不是每天写的都值得发表。你可以把你翻译的文字email到我邮箱。但我眼下已经开始工作,也许不会及时地跟你交流,请谅解。


  2. 陈老师,您好!我家网不太好用。现在在学校,才访问上了。我理解您的意思。请问您的邮箱是多少?或者您不方便写在这里,您可以邮件告诉我一下吗?bjzhaoxiubo@gmail.com。谢谢您!我如果有翻译的东西,就给您看一下。现在这个事情就是我自己的一个练习计划。谢谢!


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