Our seaweed collection

Bursting with umami, seaweed is protein rich and packed full of nutrients.

Once soaked, seaweed may be added to salads (think soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, chilli and ginger), soups, or even mixed with cooked pasta.

What about a rolled seaweed omelette?

Or why not try a tasty seaweed butter?

This may be made ahead and used to add flavour to almost anything savoury.

This seaweed butter …

Organic Matcha

It would seem that everyone is going mad for matcha.

This superfood is packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and it tastes great.

Matcha is not only made for tea (ours is so fine it doesn’t need whisking), it may be used in so many ways, both sweet and savoury:

Try it in smoothies, porridge and muffins or even …

Recipe: Alfajores

Alfajores are flat disks of rich buttery shortbread sandwiched together with a dollop of dulce de leche or ‘milk jam’.

They can be traced back to the Moorish occupation of Andalusia, Spain and the great culinary traditions of the Mediterranean Basin.

These sweet sandwich cookies are simple to make and simply delicious. How you finish them is up to you!

Recipe: Alfajores

100g soft butter
40g …

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 …