hecichera

Food plus alchemy = magic

About

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My kitchen is my home, my home is my world, my world is food, my food calls people in.

We talk in the kitchen while I cook, we eat well and feed lots of friends. We grow what we can but we are not purists. We shop at supermarkets like ordinary people – I can’t buy saffron in our village.

But my favourite place in the world (next to my kitchen) is in a village market anywhere in the world  checking out the produce and imagining what will emerge from the pan. This blog is simply to share the simple pleasures of life, friendship and food.

After years of working all over the world – UK, Siberia, Russia, Sweden – I now have more time to settle into the foundations of my life – my family, my friends, my home and my kitchen.  The kitchen has always been the place where I relax and submerge myself in the ingredients and the books and the alchemy created by just opening the doors of the larder, catching a hint of smoked paprika,  preserved lemons, vanilla and home roast indian spices in Le Parfait jars. That’s why this blog is called Hecichera – it means sorceress and I have been called that in my time!

I started this blog in 2012. Since then I have developed a culinary profile beyond my friends and family, and invited to cater for parties and dinners and events; I’ve cooked on fire-pits, wood-burning ovens; up mountains, in tents, yurts, Spanish cortijos and in the remote places; I have also developed and published recipes for local food producers and started writing about food, produce and cooking.  My goal three years ago was to build a thread of activity that ran parallel to my career as a business consultant and coach, with a view to slowly shifting the balance toward food related activity and writing. This is becoming a reality. And I am glad.

4 comments on “About

  1. Caroline
    August 13, 2012

    Good luck with the blog Dawn and thanks for your email. Looking forward to seeing some recipes with our Fielding Cottage goat’s cheese and meat soon!

    • hecichera
      August 13, 2012

      You are on my list. Your Billy Burgers are divine. Are you at Wymondham farmers market on Saturday?

  2. Huw Sayer
    August 9, 2012

    Aha – forgive me – have just re-read the tweet and see it included your name – just hadn’t read it properly since it is back to front @ReesDawn – mystery solved – put it down to the lateness of the hour. Cheers – H

    • hecichera
      August 9, 2012

      Hi Huw, no need for apologies and good to meet you! I live in South Norfolk and cook for pleasure, but a book ‘what’s for dinner?’ is in the making. In my other life I am an independent business consultant working mainly but not exclusively with public sector clients. I have had my own business for the past 20 years whilst running a senior role in a government department. Redundancy last year offered a rare chance to do what I really want to do – sharing my business knowledge, coaching and mentoring executives implementing change, and spending more time in my kitchen and setting up the blog. Its my first and it will improve!! Once I learn how to refine WordPress and get it to look a bit like yours, with columns, a wordcloud and stuff. Very interested to read your blog and to hear more about the Norfolk and Norwich Twitter network, which I have joined. Hope to meet you one day. All good wishes Dawn @ReesDawn

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