About Heavy Mortar
Heavy Mortar is a project I started in 2011 when I lived in Rome. Originally it was a blog for recipes but it quickly escalated. In 2012 I shut the website down I as moved to India and had no time, nor a proper kitchen, which made it hard to continue my work on the blog. Instead, i dedicated my leisure time to try to understand food in all its complex ways: visiting restaurants, reading articles and cookbooks, watching cooking shows, exploring food as an element of, and a gate to cultures. I re-launched the blog in June 2013 with new content and a new goal. Understanding food means cooking peasant food and classic recipes as well as experimental and progressive dishes, but it also means culinary travels and immersion into cultures. I would argue that food it the most important element of the largest sector in the word: tourism. Without food we would not enjoy the traveling to the degree we do today. Culture shock is a part of traveling, but overcoming it means finding common ground between travelers and hosts, and food is a good starting point. We are not all gourmet chefs, but we all like good food – this is one of the only elements of life where we all have an opinion.
Mission: I want to educate myself and get a better understanding of the culinary world and everything it touches. Food is not definite and therefore I question all aspects of nutrition, cuisines, cooking techniques and eating cultures, and try to understand food.
Vision: To understand, discover and explore food and culinary cultures in all their complexities.