Food plus alchemy = magic
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.