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 served as a side dish.

Note: Pomegranate molasses may also be …

The Essential Ingredient Gift Boxes

At The Essential Ingredient, we put a lot of effort into creating our gorgeous gift boxes.

Want to gift somebody the highest quality kitchen essentials or take them on a culinary journey to Spain?

Perhaps you’d like to send some festive and delicious Christmas cheer.

Our gift boxes are specially designed …

Kitchen Garden Tools

The Essential Ingredient is proud to introduce our wonderful new range of kitchen garden products. See the full range in your nearest The Essential Ingredient store (Canberra excepted), or buy a selection online.

Professional chefs and home-cooks alike understand the connection between provenance of ingredients and the quality of the resulting dishes.

Food-lovers increasingly want to connect with their ingredients; …

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 …