Motherhood by Cordon Bleu Chef Natasha Shamji

Our online motherhood exhibition is a way to empower and inspire your motherhood journey. Today we meet with Natasha Shamji, a mother and Cordon Bleu chef.

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  1. Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have.

My name is Natasha Shamji and I am a Cordon Bleu Private Chef. I own and run a culinary business called Thyme in the Kitchen. My passion is home cooking and making home cooking fun, delicious and accessible. I teach cooking class for all ages and all skill levels and I focus on teaching people how to cook healthier and nutritious recipes at home. I also offer private catering for small events, dinner parties and kid’s birthday parties. Additionally, I sell treats and goodies that I make at home in my approved kitchen.

  1. How do you manage to juggle work and life balance as a mother?

Working for myself gives me the freedom to balance my work and being a mother. I still find it challenging though as that means that I have be very organised and manage my schedule well. I am inspired though by all the amazing women that I see out there already doing this and that really drives and encourages me.

3. What top tips would you give to any working mum?

Take the time for self-care! As mothers and working mothers we tend to get so busy thinking about our children, our homes, our families and our work that we forget to make time for ourselves. Do one thing every day- no matter how small that gives yourself joy and makes you feel good. For me that is a bit of Netflix at the end of the day Also most importantly never feel guilty about wanting to be a working mom. We all deserve to feel accomplished and the greatest gift we can give our children is to show them that we will pursue what makes us happy as well.

4. What do you love most about London? Do you have a favourite spot with your children?

I love all the options that London has to offer. I feel lucky that we have such amazing parks, museums, restaurants, theatres, etc to explore and enjoy. We love going to the transport museum in Covent Garden. I have been taking my son there since he was a baby and he has not outgrown it. Every time we go there we both find something new and interesting to enjoy. That is the place he has missed the most during the pandemic.

5. How do you define quality ‘me-time’?

I love being able to meet a friend for lunch or going for a walk with a coffee and listening to audible on my headphones. Quality ‘me-time’ to me means doing something for yourself that you love. If you give to yourself as well than what you give to others is whole and meaningful.

6. What is your favourite & least favourite thing about parenthood?

Now that my son is older I love our talks and the things that he shares with me about his day and how he is feeling. That is my favourite part. My least favourite part is homework and the arguments and tears that revolve around doing homework. Mostly mine

7. Tell us something people don’t know about you.

That I am a thrill seeker! I love exhilarating activities like sky diving, roller coasters, skiing off piste, absailing and other heart pumping activities.

8. Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?

That as a first-time mom no one knows what they are doing. I think the worst thing that we can do to our friends or other mothers is pretend that we have everything under control and everything is smooth sailing. My son did not sleep and I struggled to breast feed and I felt all alone- like everyone else knew what they were doing and I was failing. That was not the case and I wish someone had said that to me. Now I make sure to be honest to new mothers about the reality and that I really struggled to and that it is okay to not know. They are doing great!

cordon bleu9. I’m a mum and…

I love it- most of the time I am more than a mum though. I am a woman, a chef, an entrepreneur, a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend and my own person and I make a difference to myself and others.

  1. Finally, please let us know what you love most about Kensington Mums?

I love how Kensington Mums brings together women and offers them a place for support, advice and information. I love that it supports, highlights and encourages women to thrive as mothers and business women.

 

Check out some of 3 easy family recipes to try at home by Natasha Shamji.


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