My blog name Chez Maximka is a joking reference to the grand classic restaurant Maxim's as well as my younger son's second name.
What defines me? My family, art and creativity, passion for books and cooking. I'm a mother of two lovely boys (15 and 6 years old). My older son has autism, and life is a constant challenge. But having a child with a disability has taught us to appreciate simple pleasures of life, like catching raindrops with a tongue or having a cup of tea uninterrupted for the whole five minutes, enjoying the world where the smell and taste and all things sensory become more acute. Cooking for me is a labour of love and a creative process as well as a form of an escapism.