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 cook’s essentials along with knowledgeable staff to inspire better cooking …

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 …

Win: A spectacular book set


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 feature a full-colour cross-section illustration, step-by-step photography and a hero …

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; to …

Recipe: Festive Grissini

Grissini make great finger food and are fantastic for entertaining.

Topped with Aleppo pepper, wattleseed and black pepper, these speckled sticks are packed full of flavour, wonderfully aromatic and absolutely beautiful.

Aleppo Pepper is one of our favourite ingredients. It adds dramatic colour, aromatic zing and wild smoky heat to anything it is served with.

These grissini can be served as is or wrapped …

Recipe: Cherry and Chocolate Pavlova

Christmas in Australia means pavlova!

The perfect pud, it can be made ahead and simply assembled just before serving.

This fluffy version is topped with cherries (dipped and plain) and shards of white chocolate.

Silver leaf can be used to make this sensational centrepiece stand out from the crowd.

Any fruit can be used to top your pavlova: we’ve used chocolate dipped cherries because …