I am Dawn Rees – a food alchemist and culinary experimenter. And what is Hecichera?  It’s is an adaptation of  the Spanish word hechicera –  meaning ‘witch’ or ‘sorcerer’.  I conjure up a bit of magic in the kitchen.

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My grandmother was a working class single parent and house-owner in the 1930’s. She was a cook and a food demonstrator for The Gas Company and the Electricity Supply Company in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. My childhood memories of standing on a chair beside her, watching her chop and slice, or mix pastry or making cakes are full of warmth and anticipation.  My memory of the food in her kitchen and on her table is the foundation-stone of the strong affinity I have discovered between love, food and identity. I wish I could tell her how much she has influenced me.

Over the years I’ve cooked on beaches and up mountains, in fields, for photo-shoots, parties, pop-up supper clubs and fundraising events for charities; lived for weeks in a tiny house on the side of a mountain with only a small wood-burning oven for company, and in tents, yurts and cortijos in remote places.

I am in my element in my kitchen, and in the prime of my life. My kitchen is my base and my place.So come on in!

Let’s me know what you think – I love to have a good conversation about food and cooking – tell me  what you’d like to see here. Speak to you soon.


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Autumn is here

I’ve spent the day in the garden as an antidote to the Trump story. I’ve taken cuttings from Salvia “Hot Lips”, noticed my Ammi seeds are through. I’ve watered the winter salads in the polytunnel and talked nicely to my foxgloves and echium, wondering whether to plant them out now or in the spring. I’ve … Continue reading Autumn is here

Gill Meller’s stuffed buckwheat pancakes

This year, in my world – you know my world: a bit crazy, food and cooking biased, house full of people, veg growing, grandson fixated – many things have changed and some things stay reassuringly constant.  Like Gill Meller. Along with other favourite food writers like Diana Henry, Hugh FW, Olia Hercules, Ravinder Bhogal, when … Continue reading Gill Meller’s stuffed buckwheat pancakes

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