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The New Year’s eve special: a couple of easy cheesecakes

I hope everyone had a magical Christmas and is ready for the last week of this year. Imagine: this Sunday it’s going to be already 2017!

In this post I have decided to share with you the first small chapter of my cheesecake book, which contains two easiest cheesecakes for you to master in no time. So if you still haven’t figured out the dessert for the New Year eve – roll up your sleeves and get ready! By the way, a whole week is a plenty of time to learn a new skill. How about learning to make cheesecakes?

Anyway, let’s get down to business, shall we? Continue reading The New Year’s eve special: a couple of easy cheesecakes

If you want to make perfect cheesecake – my NEW BOOK is what you need!

Usually I publish new blogposts on Mondays, but today is an exception due to the exceptional event. That exceptional event is my new book!

You might have heard it several times already — for quite a while I wanted to write a cookbook. And now… here it is!

Finished. Published. Available on iBooks, Amazon Kindle and in PDF version at Sellfy shop.

For a price of one latte at Starbucks you can literally master the art of making cheesecakes in all different ways and with various ingredients.

I mean it — this is a cookbook like you have never seen before. You can call it “cheesecake coaching” or the ultimate cheesecake making guide. This book does not list recipes, but actually teaches you to think outside the box and work your magic with what you have. Even the recipes described in here are not just a list of ingredients and cooking steps, but an actual explanation of why you need to do what you are doing, as well as ideas of how you can substitute ingredients. You will be guided through the whole process: from learning some of the easiest recipes to mastering the most sophisticated and non-traditional ones.Thus, if you have ever scrolled through cheesecake recipes and got frightened to even try, this book is definitely for you, as it will change your perspective big time! Continue reading If you want to make perfect cheesecake – my NEW BOOK is what you need!

(Re-)discovering myself

 

I used to be a successful career girl: a lawyer, patent and trademark attorney, as well as strategy consultant and mediator in cross-border civil and commercial disputes. I hold an International MBA degree and I did two years of doctorate in business.

At this moment, I am a happy stay-at-home mother.

I was born and raised in Latvia, yet I am ethnically Russian and culturally homeless. Six years ago my MBA studies brought me to Belgium, where I also met my future husband and settled down. We now have two amazing little kids whom we are raising bilingual: Russian and Dutch. However, they are exposed also to English language, as this is the language I speak with my husband.

I ended up as a stay-at-home mother partly by chance, partly by choice. After the graduation from an MBA I started with PhD in Business for two years attending the Doctoral School in Social and Behavioral sciences and in parallel working as a researcher in a business school. My focus was on risk management in non-financial companies. However, the academic world turned out to be not my cup of tea, as the reality is so much more stimulating than a statistical report with numerous reservations. Also the cooperation with my supervisor was far from being smooth. I now understand why all the three PhD candidates who started with her at different times, quit shortly. It got worse after I said that I want to take not only the 3 months maternity leave, but also the additional 4 months parental leave after my kid is born. I was told that I obviously lack the motivation required for doing the PhD (which was probably true). So I got fired when I was 7 month pregnant with my daughter and in the hindsight that was the blessing which spared me quite some nerves and left me with some extra cash.

After that I freelanced doing mediation and consultancy work in strategy and intellectual property matters; I lectured in risk management; I worked as an international coordinator for one of the mediation associations, assisting them in their internationalization efforts. And then…

Then, I lost my third child when I was 12 weeks pregnant… And it dawned on me. What a hell am I doing? I have changed but I am still pretending to be someone who I am no longer.

What I really want now is to be there for my kids, write, learn, golf, bake,… open a coffee house in the future, one day have my own vineyard and maybe see to apply my mediation skills to a different level (I will come back to that in detail in due time). So I have finally collected myself together, identified my new priorities and goals, and took full control of my new life. And I intend to make the best out of it!

cropped-image1.jpegThank you for reading this and I would be glad to meet you: be it in the virtual space of this blog or over a cup of coffee some day.

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