Wattle Day

Today is National Wattle Day.

Not only does the wattle tree give us beautiful flowers and the sweet scent of spring in the air, it also gives us the wonderful wattleseed.

Why not celebrate by whipping up a delicious wattleseed dish?

With aromas of coffee, chocolate and hazelnut, roasted and ground wattleseed is very versatile and can be used in sweet and savoury dishes.

At Rene Redzepi’s Barangaroo …

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 …

Paez Morilla De Jerez Reserva 25 year old Sherry Vinegar

Only authentic sherry vinegar may be called ‘vinagre de Jerez’, and by law the different grades must be aged in American oak barrels for a minimum of six months.

This exceptional vinegar has been aged for 25 years.

Sherry vinegar is produced in an area known as the ‘sherry triangle’ in the Spanish province of Cadiz….

Colusari Red Rice

Colusari™ Red Rice is grown in the Sacramento Valley, California, from rescued heirloom seeds that were held in the Maryland seed bank.

It is a firm, medium wholegrain rice with a deep red husk.

It has a nutty flavour and a reddish-burgundy colour which remains when cooked.

Colusari Red Rice is a great source of fibre, B vitamins, calcium, zinc and iron, manganese, selenium, …

Brilliant Brussels

Although Brussel sprouts are more commonly associated with winter, they are extremely versatile and, like many vegetables in Australia, are available most of the year.

There are a few combinations in the Brussel brigade that are simply brilliant.

Brussels go with butter and bacon, with citrus, chilli and cheese and with pork and potato. Fantastic in salads or with steak. They can …

Delicious dulse

Smoky and packed full of umami, this sea vegetable is sometimes referred to as ‘the bacon of the sea’!

Dulse can be stir fried, added to soups and chowders and even pickled. It is excellent with eggs and really complements a quiche.

Dulse is also delicious with sesame seeds and salmon. Coat salmon fillets with a mixture of sesame seeds and crushed dulse …