About Haricoco

In brief, Haricoco ‘s website is about ;

you, me and the planet.

And how we will continue to enjoy ourselves and each other, in relation to food , wine, and all the other finer things in life. While living an environmentally conscious life.

A plant based diet does not have to be boring. There are a tremendous amount of flavours and textures to use. I will post my new vegan recipes, often with suggestions on wine pairing.

Alongside my favourite recipes, I will occasionally write about vegan or eco-friendly topics, check out the ‘resources‘ submenu on this page.

In ‘my kitchen‘ you can read about how I develop my recipes, and where I find my inspiration. Also some kitchen pantry suggestions for vegan foodies, and other passions related to the finer things in life, like;

During the 2020 lockdown, I decided to dedicate a separate part of my website to travel. Not the type of travel we are all familiar with, but using our senses and imaginations to discover a new way of travel. You can read about this in ‘travels of taste’ .Which will be a continues growing project where in time, more & more countries or regions will be added.

A bit about myself & why I started Haricoco

Since 20+ years I have been active in the tourism & hospitality industry in multiple countries and on multiple continents. I love working with people but even more so if it involves good food & good wine (+ good beer). A real foodie & hedonist who wants to share the finer things in life, while continuously creatively evolving my path.

In recent years the environmental situation and our necessary response has become ever more important and more urgent.

Therefore during the last few years I have adjusted my foodie path and followed a vegan chef training in the U.K. Since then my main focus has been plant based food & cooking.

I love to cook fresh, local and seasonal. with lots of fresh herbs, and spices. I have to say living in the South of France does make this easy. And I do realise and acknowledge that this might not be the case for all of us. But, I really try to minimalize overseas transport of produce. What good would it be for my Carbon footprint if I eat plant based, but let the banana’s, jack fruits and avocado’s fly overseas? Therefore you won’t find these ingredients on my website. Well, avocado’s i fortunately can find reasonable local for about 2 to 3 weeks in the year. So at that time I overindulge in them 🙂

Even though I mostly eat plant based food, I am not a vegan. With this website I want to show that eating plant based is not a sacrifice, even for foodies. Plant based food can be as delicious as omnivorous food.

You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy and indulge in plant based foods.

For me eating plant based is one of the easiest & most enjoyable life-style changes in order to lower my carbon footprint.

I hope many others will be motivated to enjoy more often plant based food, with delicious wines or home brewed beers. Let’s create our own garden (referring to Epicurus garden) in which we enjoy good food and good wine while keeping our planet in mind.

I hope you will enjoy! X Nicole

“The presumption that more sustainable consumption always involve sacrifice rather than improve well-being needs challenging”

– Kate Soper

Reference to ‘The Garden’ , a place to keep and to nourish

Epicurus (341-270BC) an ancient Greek philosopher and hedonist. He established his own school known as ‘The Garden’ in Athens. Epicurus and his followers were known for eating simple meals and discussing a wide range of philosophical subjects. He openly allowed women to join the school as a matter of policy.

“Not what we have but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance.”