Catalan Cream – a timeless classic

There is no better dessert than a well executed custard.

There’s something wonderful about rediscovering an old treasured recipe.

This one comes with thanks to Jenni, a long time  customer, who has held onto an Essential Ingredient newsletter from 2002 and brought in store to share with us.

There is no better dessert than a well executed custard – simple, elegant and satisfying,

Almost …

Cheers to better hydration

Hydration is just as important in the cooler weather as it is in summer, and even more so if you indulged in a little too much alcohol.  

It’s easy to lose track of just how much water you’ve had, but Australian designer Frank Green has made a water bottle that comes with its own app to keep you on …

WIN a copy of Acquacotta by Emiko Davies

With an Australian father, a Japanese mother, an adolescence spent in China and a University degree from the United States, Emiko Davies has spent most of her life living abroad, soaking up other cultures, languages and food.

For almost ten years now, Italy is the place she has called home.

In Emiko’s new book Acquacotta, she has compiled and adapted her Italian family’s …

Recipe: Kakadu Plum Cherry Ripe smoothie

Considered a gift of the Dreamtime, the Kakadu Plum is Australia’s star superfood performer.

With exceptional nutritional and antiseptic properties it has been an important food and medicine in Northern Australia for millennia.

The Kakadu Plum is the world’s highest natural source of Vitamin C with 100 times that of a mandarin.

Get your dose of Vitamin C first thing in the morning …

Recipe: Vongole e polenta

This recipe by Emiko Davies comes from her latest book, Acquacotta.

In Acquacotta, Davies has compiled and adapted her Italian family’s best loved recipes from Capalbio, Monte Argentario, Giglio Island and inland to the hot springs of Saturnia and the ancient Pitigliano. She guides readers through the use of local ingredients, as well as sharing the history of rustic, storied dishes including …

The Essential Ingredient at Deakin Edge for MFWF

This weekend we are thrilled to be working in collaboration with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2017 at their 25th Masterclass event at Deakin Edge, Federation Square.

The Essential Ingredient is proudly the official Culinary Book partner for MFWF Master Class and we’re setting up shop in Deakin Edge …

Newcastle Autumn masterclasses

Join Stefano Marvello in his Lungo Pranzo – Italian Long Lunch masterclass at The Essential Ingredient Newcastle on May 27, 2017.

With autumn finally here it’s time to get excited about cooler weather cooking, so get ready with The Essential Ingredient Newcastle Cooking School’s Masterclass series, designed to lift your kitchen game with …