PACHA AND WHAT SHE'S UP TO

Welcome

Graphic designer, Mommy, Adventurer, Artist, Nature explorer, Typography nerd, Fermenter = Purely Pacha

Design Studio

15 Years of Graphic Design. Find my latest projects here - everything from logos and book covers to websites.
November 20, 2016
Logo Design by Purely Pacha

Logo Design

Almost two decades of Logo Design no-repeat;center top;; auto It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been doing logo design for almost 20 years. Wow. That thought […]

Travelogue

Follow my husband’s ongoing travelogue for a vicarious glimpse into our family’s journey from Coastal California to the pastoral family farms of Western Europe.
December 31, 2017
Sunset over Bar in 2017 on its way to 2018

The year 2017 becomes 2018

The year 2017, as observed in the rear view Another twelve months have now risen and fallen Four seasons of weather and feathers and pollen We […]
December 6, 2017
Holiday logs in Catalonia

Christmastime in Catalonia: Holiday rites and wrongs

The days have shortened, the leaves have turned, and the frost has bitten. In this place with four seasons—which I’m still getting used to—the fourth season […]
October 31, 2017
Spanish Immigration

Spanish Immigration: Theater of the ultra absurd

Gregor Samsa awoke one morning to find himself transported to the center of an impossible circle of stairways in a painting by M.C. Escher. So goes […]

Kitchen

Pacha's Fermentation Station. Here we answer questions like "What's the easiest way to make sourdough bread?" and "What on earth is kimchi?"
December 28, 2017
Kale salad

King of Greens: Fresh kale salad

It’s the super food of the century. Faster than a speeding multivitamin, more powerful than a handful of goji berries, able to feed an entire staff […]
December 27, 2017
marinaded mushrooms from Purely Pacha

We are the champignons: Marinaded mushrooms for any occasion

It’s holiday season. You spent all your money on stocking stuffers, and all your time trimming the tree. Now it’s party time, and what are you […]
November 23, 2016
Purely Pacha's Hot and Sour Kimchi in 4 easy steps by Purely Pacha

Hot and sour Kimchi in 4 easy steps

I did it. I figured out my favorite kimchi recipe. I’ve tried a few over the past year. Some were too spicy, some were too garlicky, […]
August 10, 2017
Spanish Village

Raising the Bar: Life in a Spanish village

I’ve been reflecting and reminiscing on the days of early 2016, when we were hustling full time on Craigslist, in the driveway, at the dump, scurrying […]
November 14, 2016
Cerdange sunset seen from Osseja

Still Chillin in the Pyrenees

Now that we’ve fallen in love with the Cerdange region, after five weeks on this spectacular plateau where France meets Spain at the top of the […]
October 20, 2016
Relocation expertise in Osseja

Relocation Station: International Awareness in the French Pyrenees

Perched high on a southwest facing slope in the French Pyrenees, overlooking the hamlet of Osseja and the valley of Cerdanya, our journey has reached a […]
October 15, 2016
Map of Cerdanya in the Spanish Pyrenees

Eyes on the Pyrenees: Great elevations and high expectations

This month we satisfied our wildest fantasies about life on the organic farm. Our crunchy whole food idealism was realized as we herded free-range cattle, gathered […]