Today on the magazine we caught up with mother and daughter team at Gobluka Kitchen to talk cookbooks, recipe ideas and go-to ingredients for a well-stocked pantry.
Tell us a bit more about yourselves
I studied to be an electrical engineer in Russia and later worked in dentistry in the U.S., but neither of those professions turned out to be for me, and I always used cooking as a creative outlet, my way to relax and to procrastinate. Meanwhile, Masha (my older daughter and Golubka Kitchen partner) decided to become a vegetarian as a teenager, so I started experimenting with vegetarian cooking at that time and really loved that creative challenge.
I had my second daughter, Paloma, when I was 40 (18 years apart with Masha) and experienced some serious thyroid problems after her birth. I have Hashimoto’s, which is an autoimmune disease, and it flared up so much after pregnancy. My doctors were not helping me feel better, so I started researching lifestyle changes that I could implement to help myself stabilize. That’s when I learned about raw food. I started eating plant-based and raw, and very quickly began to feel better. Since I love cooking, I also saw this new approach to eating as a way to have fun in the kitchen and experiment with making that kind of food taste comforting and delicious. Masha recognized that as my strength and decided to make a blog for me to share my recipes. So, Golubka Kitchen started out as a raw foods blog and later transitioned to being a blog about whole food plant-based recipe ideas and self-care, as our lifestyle and interests evolved.
Once I was done with college, I moved to NYC for a fashion job. After a few years of working in fashion full time, I started to realize that it’s not my path. It’s a very stressful field, and I kept feeling like the stress was unnecessary and harmful to my health. I also struggled with the sheer volume of product that fashion brands put out every season, which inevitably creates so much pollution, waste and extra stuff in our already overcrowded world. I left my full-time fashion job and now mostly focus on Golubka Kitchen with my mom. We also write cookbooks and host vegan retreats in Italy (we have one coming up this October!).
Do you believe eating well can be considered a form of self-care?
When did you start blogging, and what were your inspirations and intentions behind setting up a blog?
When did you begin to view your recipe creation as more than just a hobby?
What is the process behind your recipes?
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own blog?
- A: It changes from season to season, elderflower or basil lemonade during hot months, fresh turmeric latte or black sesame cappuccino in colder weather. Matcha and kombucha are universal favorites.
- M: Any of our homemade, medicinal lattes, I vary the ingredients depending on my mood.
- A: Can’t get enough of the cold avocado soup from The Vibrant Table at the moment.
- M: Right now it’s our Cold Almond Butter Noodles
Best place to eat out?
- A: adaptogenic/superfood powders such as maca, ashwaganda, etc.
- M: tahini
A go-to ingredient that makes every meal taste better?
- A: fresh herbs and whole spices
- M: miso
What do you love most about the other?
- A: Wisdom and calm demeanour.
- M: There are too many things, it’s hard to choose just one, but let’s say determination and ability to relate to others.