Chat with a Chef: Jarrod Di Blasi, Ezard

At The Essential Ingredient, we create beautiful retail experiences and sell quality products but did you know we also have a strong wholesale arm of the business and sell much of our quality ingredients to some of Melbourne’s leading chefs. Here we have a chat to Jarrod Di Blasi, head chef of Flinders Lane restaurant, ezard to find out what he loves about his work (and The Essential Ingredient…)….

Baking Starts Now: Glace Fruit

Glace – or crystallised fruit – is such a delightful, delicious and pretty addition to Christmas baking. The fruit adds colour, chewy, soft texture and an intense sweetness that can be spread throughout whatever it is that you’re creating.

 

 

Glace fruit is made when fresh fruit – either whole, cut into small pieces, pices of rind or peel – are popped into …

Baking Starts Now: raising agents

The joy and satisfaction of baking, combining quality ingredients and letting them work their magic together to produce a beautiful cake, a sweet biscuit, the perfect shortcrust or a fluffy bread. At The Essential Ingredient we know baking takes time and planning and here’s the first of a series on different elements and ingredients important to baking, to help you get the most out of your time in the kitchen. …

China: The Cookbook – Yum Cha & Book Signing

We have a very special event on November 26 when chefs and authors Kei Lum Chan and Diora Fong Chan will be in our Prahran store to celebrate their book –  China: The Cookbook – and create a yum cha brunch including demonstrations of their favourite dumpling recipes.

The cookbook is considered a definitive bible of Chinese cooking and …

The Essential Ingredient, South Melbourne is Go!

Our new shop is open. We are shouting it from the rooftops (or from the shop floor at least!).

The Essential Ingredient, South Melbourne opened it’s doors late last week and while it’s a smaller space than our Prahran store, our passion and the quality of our products is as strong as ever.

Here’s a look through the shop and some of the products on the shelves on Coventry Street, South Melbourne …

Dressed for Spring

Looking out the window, it may be hard to believe but it’s Spring time in Melbourne. The sun will creep through those clouds, eventually, so we are celebrating the coming warmer weather with a collection of stunning oils – including our new season olive oil – mayonnaises, vinegars and other condiments to bring out the vibrant, fresh flavours of your Spring and Summer table.

 
OUR NEW SEASON EXTRA VIRGIN …

Giacobazzi Vinegars

There’s vinegars and then there’s vinegars. Like many products that are made at differing levels – from commercial to artisan – a good, balanced full-flavoured carefully made vinegar has the ability to take a dish from good to great; a dressing from fine to fancy and a sauce from tasty to wonderfully complex.

Fattorie Giacobazzi from Modena, Italy is a fifth-generation vinegar producer who make some of our favourite vinegars that …