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.


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Nordic Light by Simon Bajada

Simon Bajada, chef, photographer and food writer, has engrossed himself in the food culture of the Nordic countries.

Nordic Light, his new book, is a celebration of nourishing, vegetable centred food that is delicious and simple to prepare.

Dinner at award-wining Noma in 2006 was the catalyst for Simon’s love of Nordic cooking and Nordic Light pays homage to this.

Thanks to Hardie Grant Books, …

Avocado Oil

Cold pressed avocado oil is delicious and extremely versatile.

Its high smoke point makes it suitable for shallow frying and its brilliant emerald green colour looks stunning as a finishing oil.

This avocado oil has an intense vegetable character with a distinctly avocado flavour. It is fantastic in Latin American dishes and on salads and vegetables or …

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. Why not make your own?

How you finish them is up to …

Recipe: Snapper ceviche

Thought to be Peruvian in origin but common throughout Latin America, ceviche is raw fish that is ‘cooked’ by the acidity of citrus.

Ceviche is best served with something sweet to balance the citrus.

We have chosen sweet potato which is typically Peruvian but you could easily substitute avocado or even mango.

This rustic dish is delicious as is or or when served with …

Own your own part of The Essential Ingredient

Passionate about food? Keen to run your own business from the front line and spend your days inspiring better cooking?

We’re looking for highly skilled and dedicated Franchisees to join The Essential Ingredient and uphold the company’s reputation for product knowledge and commitment to customer service.

One of the most rewarding parts of being a lover of food and cooking is sharing that love with other people.

That’s why all …