Twin Peaks Cherry Pie

In honour of the return season of the classic TV show Twin Peaks here’s a cherry pie recipe that’ll kill ya *

*not literally


Pie crust

250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
250g unsalted butter, cold
125ml cold water
1 TBS caster sugar
1 tsp salt


800g pitted cherries – you can use fresh (you’ll need 1kg unpitted), frozen (thawed) or cherries …

We know all about your mum!

How do you honour the woman who gave you life? What gift illustrates your gratitude for all those thankless tasks she did without complaint this past year, and all the years before?


Anything is going to be a mere token of your love, but if you’re going to go in for the commercialisation of affection (and we strongly suggest you do, lest a more conventional sibling gets all …

Open Sandwiches By The Book

At The Essential Ingredient, you can find all you need to take your Scandinavian open sandwiches to the next level.

Sometimes it’s not just about the food. Sometimes it’s as much about the conversation. And that means serving dishes that won’t interrupt free flowing discourse.

For more than 15 years, The Novel Lovers book club has met every month …

May the Fourth Sale at The Essential Ingredient Newcastle

Happy Star Wars Day – May The Fourth Be With You.

If you’re ready to update your kitchen appliances, now is the time to do it.
For four days only, from Thursday May 4 to Sunday May 7, we’re taking up to 20% off all electricals. These ARE the appliances you are looking for.

With the money you …

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 …