The growing culture of “I don’t know how to cook”

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Written by Syd Weddell, Managing Director of The Essential Ingredient Franchise Group
We have long admired Stephanie Alexander and her work with …

Preserving the bounty of the season

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Plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots piled high; tomatoes, plump and plush, sending their sweet perfume through the market stalls.

It’s late summer and …

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Happy New Year

2016 has been an exciting year of new store openings in Newcastle and South Melbourne and many new products, like our exceptional Kitchen Garden Tool range, hand crafted for use in the cook’s garden.

Ensuring that each of our stores has an abundance of …

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Chat with a Chef: Casey McDonald, group head chef of Andrew McConnell restaurants

In our second Chat with a Chef, we talk with Casey McDonald, Group Head Chef of Andrew McConnell restaurants which include, Cutler & Co., Marion,  Cumulus Inc and Cumulus Up, The Builders Arms, Ricky & Pinky, Supernormal and Luxembourg.  At The Essential Ingredient, we create beautiful retail experiences and sell quality products but …

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GIFT BOXES GALORE!

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

This famous quote is from writer Harriet Van Horne and it began her article Not for Jiffy Cooks in Vogue magazine in 1956. In the article Van Horne spoke of the beauty of quality ingredients and taking time to cook rather than using “premixed, prewhipped, pre-stewed …

Thanksgiving: Roast Turkey Cools In Roasting Pan

Recipe: Jewelled Rice Stuffing

This ‘stuffing’ is loosely based around a Persian polow, a regal rice dish typically served at celebrations.

Laced with butter and saffron, this mix is fragrant and full of fruit and nuts.

This delicious Middle Eastern mix may be used as a stuffing for turkey, chicken, lamb or even fish and vegetables or simply …

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Win: A spectacular book set

***** THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED ******

Thanks to Hardie Grant we have 3 fantastic book sets worth $120 to give away: The Ultimate Cook’s Manual AND Patisserie.

The Ultimate Cook’s Manual (published November 2016) gives readers all the technical know-how required to become an expert in the art of cooking.

Each of the recipes …