Food stylist, recipe developer & photographer. Loves travelling and food, and good coffee.

Story behind this food blog

Hi everyone, I am Irina, and I am happy you visited my blog today. I live in the Midlands, UK, with my wonderful husband and our two children, Aminah and Ilyas. I started The Coffee Break in March 2010, when I was on maternity leave and I needed some kind of hobby or a creative outlet, which led me to two of my biggest passions – cooking and photography.

This blog is about simple, fuss-free, flavorful, and affordable cooking that is suitable for families. I love to explore different tastes and different cuisines, so you can expect to find it here.

My blog is continuously changing and growing as I learn about all aspects of blogging and find out what suits The Coffee Break and what does not. So bear with me.    

Five facts about me:   

1. I am Russian, but I was born in Latvia.

2. I met my husband on O’Connell Bridge, in Dublin. He claims I smiled at him first, and that’s the reason he came up to me, but I deny it because it’s not true. So we still debate about it almost 18 years later.

3. I am a huge coffee addict.       

4. I am a big procrastinator, it takes me a while before I actually sit down and do things.

5.  I am an early riser. I am up at 5 a.m. almost every day. I prefer to wake up before my children and enjoy my first cup of coffee in peace.

I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy working on it.

I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy working on it.
If you have any questions or just want to chat, please feel free to contact me at
thecoffeebreak {at} ymail {dot} com .      


Cooking is about passion, so it may look slightly temperamental in a way that it’s too assertive to the naked eye.

Gordon Ramsay

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