A podcast dedicated to mothers who turned a traditional role of feeding into a professional success. Hosted from London by Alissa Timoshkina, food writer, cook and supper club host, the podcast covers topics from life/work balance and self-nurture, to pregnancy diets, breast-feeding, baby weaning, family meal planning, and a lot more. MotherFood is a space for heartfelt discussions filled with recipes, food memories, practical tips and honest insights into the lives of modern mothers.
S2 MotherFood Xmas-special: Emiko Davis, Aran Goyoaga, Heidi Sze, Zuza Zak, Lara Lee, Eleanor Ford
Happy Christmas everyone! I am so excited to share this very warm and cosy special episode with you today! I have asked some of the wonderful guests on the podcast to record a little story for you: remembering their most special memories of Xmas as a child, their first Xmas as a mama, share their plans for this year and tell us about their must-have dish! It’s been such a joy to edit this episode featuring Emiko Davis, Aran Goyoaga, Heidi Sze, Zuza Zak, Lara Lee, Eleanore Ford and myself! The community of women that has appeared in my life this year thanks to the podcast has been the most wonderful and at times life-saving thing this year! So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this and wish you a warm, restful and cosy holiday, no matter what ✨ all my love and gratitude 🙏🏻✨
S2 E10: Her Health with Avni Trivedi
As this year draws to a close we are all invited to draw some conclusions and uncover some learnings from this confusing and contradictory experience. If I were to name one thing that has become more important than ever, that would be Health. In this episode I speak to Avni Trivedi, an osteopath and a doula, specialising in women’s and children’s wellbeing. We explore how to understand health in a new holistic way, discuss the limitations of mainstream medicine and what can we do ourselves to support our vitality on daily basis. Avni offers tons of insight into daily practises to support our emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, and shares her experience of working with expectant and new mothers, as well as children. Combining Western science and Eastern traditions, Avni’s work is truly holistic as it bridges the relationship between body and mind.
You can find more about her work on www.avni-touch.com, by listening to her podcast Speak from the Body and her instagram @avnitouch
Share your story and connect with us over on Instagram @alissatimoshkina and visit www.alissatimoshkina.com to find out more about the MotherFood cooking course and explore recipes featured on this podcast
S2 E9 Alice Zaslavsky, best-selling culinary author, TV host, broadcaster, and girl-mama
In this episode I speak to the amazing Alice Zaslavsky.
A Russian-Jewish Australia-based best-selling culinary author, educator, broadcaster and TV host, who is also a new mother to a baby girl. Alice and I, share more than just the name (she is also called Alisa in Russian), we share an Ashkenazi heritage, the memories of awful food in Soviet kindergartens, the awe for mother’s lineage and the profound love of food! Alice, a teacher by trade, took a huge risk leaving her beloved job to enter Australian MasterChef competition, which was the most important decision of her life. What followed was a succession of serendipitous events which lead Alice to where she is now - at the top of her game in food, education and broadcasting. We talk a lot about her journey and how we can learn to trust the path; how to hold on to our vision no matter what life throws at you and also what to remember when things get difficult.
Alice shares her pregnancy and birth stories, we talk about the food she ate in the early postpartum (spoiler alert: a lot of tvorog and kefir!). We discuss her life as a working mother and how she shares parenting duties with her husband. We delve into baby weaning and how to involve children in cooking early on AND we finish this 1.5-long chat on a glorious subject of elimination communication! This episode is an absolute gem full of Alice’s witty, honest, quirky and wise character!
You can find more about Alice and her work on https://www.aliceinframes.com
And join the conversation with us over on isntagram @alliceinframe and @alissatimoshkina
To find out more about my cooking course MotherFood please visit my website
S2 E8 Claire Thomson, chef, cookbook author, food journalist and a mother of three girls
Claire pretty much embodies the very concept of mother food as her cooking and food writing is so much focused on the family kitchen. Her cooking is very autobiographical documenting her experience as a mother of 3 girls. She’s an author of 5 cookbooks all of which have the home kitchen as their main location. So I highly recommend her books to all the parents listening to this podcast. Because her books really do have the answers to so many questions we often face in our kitchens - full of practical advise, seasonal, family orientated with practicality, flavour richness and nutrient value in mind.
Claire is a really passionate chef and food writer, and as you will hear, her knowledge of and her delight in cooking is so intoxicating! I just loved talking to her and then coming back to this conversation while eating the podcast, as it gave me a very much needed boost of confidence, reassurance and inspiration to get me out of my culinary rut, in which I have been finding myself a bit too often this autumn.
i loved learning how her professional life developed and flowed into her personal life almost seamlessly. I really have been chaining my mindset around what being a working mother means to me and I have been, looking for examples in other women, as I am still new to the idea of embracing home as my creative space, and of not clearly defining work time and family time. So Claire’s example was so inspiring and brought many smiles to my face as we were talking.
Claire’s new book - Home Cookery Year - is an ode to the simple joys of cooking as well as to the sheer diversity of reasons and occasions we enter out kitchen.
So Claire truly knows what she is talking about when it comes to family cooking. This episode is full of wonderful tips and ideas, and if I were to encourage you to take away one thing from this conversation it would be the joy and the playfulness around food, and the idea of not taking food and yourself in the act of feeding too seriously - something I am certainly guilty of a lot - so for me it was a very welcomed reminder that a good meal is a lot more simple than the ambitious cook inside my head thinks it is.
Find out more about Claire's work from http://5oclockapron.com and join in the conversation with us over on Instagram @alissatimoshkina and @5oclockapron
S2 E7 Zuza Zak, Polish-British food writer, author, food anthropologist and a mother of two
It is such a joy to welcome my good friend Zuza Zak back on the show, this time as a mother of two! Zuza is a Polish-British food writer, cookery author and food anthropologist. She’s the author of Polska cookbook and has her second book coming out in 2021! Zuza shares her wonderful VBAC story, discusses life as a mother of two and the challenges of parenting a 4 year old while looking after a new born. We talk about emotional intelligence and tools to cultivate patience and awareness as parents. Zuza openly shares her experiences of two miscarriages and we marvel at the magic of food and women’s cooking! Find out more about Zuza in S1 E2 of this podcast and join in the conversation on Instagram with us @alissatimoshkina and @zuzazakcooks
S2 E6 Romy Gill, MBE, chef, author, broadcaster, restauranteur and mama of two teenage girls
My guest today is Romy Gill, MBE
chef, author, broadcaster and restauranteur. She’s the host of Ready Steady Cook and makes frequent appearances on tv and the radio food programmes.
Romy is also a mother of two teenage girls!
In this episode we talk about Romy’s family and the cultural values of being a woman in India. Romy shares her challenges during pregnancy and the early postpartum period reminding us how essential it is to have the support system around. We talk about family foods and cooking with teenagers, and what does a lasting marriage look like! Find out more about Romy at romygill.com end join in the conversation with us on Instagram @alissatimoshkina and @romygill