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 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 am settling 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!
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.
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