Le Vinaigre de Banyuls

A good vinegar calls firstly for a great wine.

Banyuls vinegar, from the charming French seaside town of Banyuls-Sur-Mer, comes from one of the world’s finest wines resulting in one of the world’s finest vinegars.

The vinegar is aged for four years in oak barrels, exposed to the sun and rain, then finished in smaller oak barrels …

A French feast

It is Bastille Day and no French celebration would be complete without a feast.

It is a well-known fact that the French have gastronomy in their blood and they take great pride in their food at every level, from production to consumption.

At The Essential Ingredient, we take great pride in sourcing the finest French products.

These are available in-store and online: perfect for your own …

Recipe: Chicken Tagine

Thinking about Moroccan food conjures up thoughts of spicy, slow-cooked meat dishes cooked in a magical pot: a tagine.

The conical shaped lid helps preserve moisture in the food as the steam rises, condenses on the inside of the lid and then drips back down into the stew.

Tagines can be made from almost anything– lamb and chicken are very popular, but vegetables, …

Recipe: Smokin’ Popcorn

At The Essential Ingredient we love La Dalia paprika- hot, sweet and bittersweet.

La Dalia have been making paprika for over 100 years. They really know what they are doing.

Smoky, fiery or fruity, La Dalia paprika is a weapon for any culinary arsenal.

It adds rich depth of flavour to everything from marinades and stews to salads and batters.

We have …

Paez Morilla De Jerez Reserva 25 year old Sherry Vinegar

Only authentic sherry vinegar may be called ‘vinagre de Jerez’, and by law the different grades must be aged in American oak barrels for a minimum of six months.

This exceptional vinegar has been aged for 25 years.

Sherry vinegar is produced in an area known as the ‘sherry triangle’ in the Spanish province of Cadiz….

Colusari Red Rice

Colusari™ Red Rice is grown in the Sacramento Valley, California, from rescued heirloom seeds that were held in the Maryland seed bank.

It is a firm, medium wholegrain rice with a deep red husk.

It has a nutty flavour and a reddish-burgundy colour which remains when cooked.

Colusari Red Rice is a great source of fibre, B vitamins, calcium, zinc and iron, manganese, selenium, …

Recipe: Quinoa Crackers

Quinoa is one of Peru’s staple foods and one of its best-known exports. It is as healthy as it is versatile and is an elemental part of the diet of Peruvians.

Chef Virgilio Martinez from Central, Lima (#1 restaurant in Latin America, #4 in the world) and Lima, London (London’s only Michelin starred Peruvian restaurant) serves his with kohlrabi, pearl onions and …