Kitchen Garden Tools


The Essential Ingredient is proud to introduce our wonderful new range of kitchen garden products. See the full range in your nearest …

Recipe: Festive Grissini


Grissini make great finger food and are fantastic for entertaining.

Topped with Aleppo pepper, wattleseed and black pepper, these speckled sticks are …


Recipe: Cherry and Chocolate Pavlova

Christmas in Australia means pavlova!

The perfect pud, it can be made ahead and simply assembled just before serving.

This fluffy version is topped with cherries (dipped and plain) and shards of white chocolate.

Silver leaf can be used to make this sensational centrepiece stand out from the crowd.

Any fruit can be used …


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 …


Street Food Asia by Luke Nguyen

Luke Nguyen is one of Australia’s best loved chefs.

His latest book, Street Food Asia, will take you on a stroll through the heady, fragrant back streets of Asia to discover street food at its very best.

From main streets to back alleys, you will visit some of his favourite places. Places …


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 …


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 …