I love great, tasty, mesmerizing FOOD

Would you like to know what I eat to stay strong and healthy? Take a look here!


Discover your Passion by coincidence-Brazil Part 3


This is the third blog in a serie of blogs about our experiences in Brazil, where we spent 5 weeks this year. The reason for our trip was capoeira. My partner teaches capoeira in the Hague. His capoeira name is Vitamina. He represents Grupo Engenho, a Brazilian capoeira group, in the Netherlands.

Julia Child, one of my examples in Life
On the photo I am in Jaua reading the book ‘My Life in France’. This book tells the story of Julia Child, an American woman who emigrated to France in 1948 and wrote many bestsellers about French cooking. She even appeared on tv teaching about the French cuisine. Her passion for food is remarkable. One day she decided to master baking a French bread roll. At that time she lived in the US and after many, many tries in which she involved her husband as well, they were left with a lot of bread loafs, but it wasn’t close to the taste of bread she was used to in France. Together they flew to France, to learn how to bake French bread with one of the topchefs of this country. Her husband discovered which utensil they needed to add to an American oven and voila, bon apetit!! They made it possible for Americans to bake French bread.

Leading a Passionate Life
The way she cooks, is definitely the way I coach! She was constantly learning and developing herself as a cook and in the meantime teaching others and spreading her cooking wisdom. I do to! And what I loved about her was her attitude towards life by the time she reached 80. Her curiousity, eagerness and enthusiasm for cooking and everything which is linked to cooking was as alive as when she started her cooking madness at the age of 37! Many times, I have repeated that I will be coaching my entire life. So there you have it, a lot of resemblance with this remarkable Julia Child.

Discover your Passion by coincidence
Julia discovered her passion by coincidence. Was it coincidence? She wasn’t looking, but life led her to good food. Through Paul, her husband, she got to know good food and good wine. He introduced her to wonderful French cuisine. At first she wanted to take good care of him by cooking great meals! Her playfullness and childlike curiousity developed her into a cook to remember.

I believe that a big element of passion is that you love what you do and that what you do make others happy!

FilmTip: there is a movie about the life of Julia Child, watch the trailer here.

By Chungmei Cheng
Orchid of Life -LifeCoaching

Professional Networking and Cooking!

In September 2008 I joined an association named ‘Haagsche vrouwenzaken’ in Dutch. Even though the name is Dutch there are also members whose native language is English.

They organise events with different themes in the Hague. Last year, beginning of December, we had a cooking workshop in the Hague. And there we were with almost 30 woman in a beautiful, tiny location with two cooks helping us out. The menu was a mixture of Japanese and Spanisch cooking such as sushi with tuna, chicken teriyak with baked aubergines, merluza and jamon serrano con verduras. It was delicious! It was also fun to walk around with apertives while everyone was still behind the stove busy preparing the main dishes.

The point of all this cooking was off course getting to know each other and while you are at it, doing business. Most of the business was done while we were enjoying the main dishes at the table.