About

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My kitchen is my home, my home is my world, my world is defined by loving the people in my kitchen and my life, watching them enjoying themselves. There’s a lot of conversation in my kitchen – I’m not the sort of cook who likes silence and concentrated effort. I like 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-mix bowl. They make me smile.

We grow what we can, and keep chickens, but we are not purists. We shop at supermarkets like ordinary people – I can’t buy saffron in our village. My favourite place in the world (next to my kitchen) is in a village market anywhere in the world ┬áchecking 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 am settling into the foundations of my life – my family, my friends, my home and my kitchen. ┬áThe 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, ┬ápreserved 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!

Since starting this blog in 2012 I’ve developed a culinary profile beyond my friends and family. I cater for parties and dinners and events from birthdays, celebratory dinners, arts events and glamping photo-shoots. I’ve cooked on fire-pits, in wood-burning ovens; up mountains, in tents, yurts, Spanish cortijos and in the remote places. I develop and publish recipes for local food producers and write about food, produce, local growers and cooking. I am a chancer, an experimenter, a taster and a bit of an alchemist. Often I start cooking one thing and it ends up something else………. that’s just how it is in our house.

So come on in, the water’s lovely! Please ‘like’ this page and sign up to follow the blog. You will help spread the word about good food and help me on my way to my first publication!

4 thoughts on “About

  1. 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

    1. 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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