Fresh, home made & delicious

The Essential Ingredient staff bake our quiches In the cooking school kitchen attached to our store in The Junction Fair.

The Essential Ingredient Newcastle’s home cooked, fresh meals are a lifesaver for those times when, for whatever reason, you just can’t make it all yourself.

Newcastle Autumn masterclasses

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Join Stefano Marvello in his Lungo Pranzo – Italian Long Lunch masterclass …

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Recipe: Crostata di Ricotta e Pere Coscia by Emiko Davies

This recipe by Emiko Davies was presented in our first cooking class for 2017 and comes from her latest book, Acquacotta.
Ricotta crostata is loved throughout Maremma and in summertime you find baby pears (pere coscia) in all the local markets.  This simple tart is not overly sweet and will be an instant favourite.

Makes one tart – serves 8…

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The growing culture of “I don’t know how to cook”

Written by Syd Weddell, Managing Director of The Essential Ingredient Franchise Group
We have long admired Stephanie Alexander and her work with children in encouraging them to experience food grown from the earth and how to cook and combine flavours. These experiences may be the first time that these children have handled …

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Preserving the bounty of the season

Plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots piled high; tomatoes, plump and plush, sending their sweet perfume through the market stalls.

It’s late summer and at Essential Ingredient we embrace the sweet fruits of the season so much we also love to preserve and pickle them to have them available through the cooler months.

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Happy New Year

2016 has been an exciting year of new store openings in Newcastle and South Melbourne and many new products, like our exceptional Kitchen Garden Tool range, hand crafted for use in the cook’s garden.

Ensuring that each of our stores has an abundance of …

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Chat with a Chef: Casey McDonald, group head chef of Andrew McConnell restaurants

In our second Chat with a Chef, we talk with Casey McDonald, Group Head Chef of Andrew McConnell restaurants which include, Cutler & Co., Marion,  Cumulus Inc and Cumulus Up, The Builders Arms, Ricky & Pinky, Supernormal and Luxembourg.  At The Essential Ingredient, we create beautiful retail experiences and sell quality products but …