Hecichera is an adaptation of hechicera – Spanish for ‘witch’ or ‘sorcerer’. I am a chancer, an experimenter, a taster and an alchemist.
In my kitchen I prefer conversation, people sticking fingers in saucepans and scooping sauce out of bowls, slicing the edge off a piece of meat and running a spatula round the cake bowl.
My kitchen has always been the place where I relax and submerge myself in produce, ingredients, books, knives and pans. I love the potential for alchemy – simply opening the doors of the larder, catching a hint of smoked paprika, preserved lemons, vanilla and home-roasted mixtures of Indian spices in jars fires my imagination.
My favourite place in the world? My kitchen, with a grandchild hanging onto my leg and another hitched onto my hip, peering into a pan.
This blog began in 2012. Since then I’ve developed a culinary profile beyond my friends and family. I cater for parties, dinners and events from birthdays, fundraising parties and arts events to glamping photo-shoots. I’ve cooked on fire-pits, catered for big celebrations on a couple of gas rings, , lived for weeks with only a small wood-burning oven in a tiny house on the side of a mountain, 30C outside; cooked in tents, yurts, cortijos in remote places. I develop and publish recipes for local food producers, write about food and promote local produce and local growers.
So come on in, the water’s lovely, browse through the pages, send me some comments and share with your friends. Please ‘like’ this page and sign up to follow the blog. You can also find me on Twitter @Hecichera and Facebook.