Winter Blues

This is how we embrace the winter blues with our selection of the deliciously stylish and beautifully practical.

We constantly update our book titles and there is a rich selection of books to satisfy the cook in you this winter. Spice Journey by Shane Delia, The Nordic Cook by Magnuss Nilsson and all of Nigel Slater’s books will provide insight into great …

Essential Tips for baking a tart

Our tips to making the perfect shortcrust pastry tart shell, an ideal blank canvas for your culinary creations.

How does sugar work?

Sugar is an essential ingredient in many baked goods, but not only for its sweet taste. It has many additional unique and useful properties which make it an absolute necessity for all kinds of recipes, from croissants to sourdough bread.

So what purposes can sugar serve in baking, and how does it work?


Sugar of any kind will contribute to browning in …

Type “00” flour: for perfect bread & pasta

Nothing beats home-made. Serving your own bread or pasta will always elicit heartier gasps at the table than something you’ve bought.

And yet, for all the love and care you’ve put into your own Italian masterpieces, often the texture and consistency of your bread and pasta isn’t quite what your local Italian bakery or pasta restaurant manages to create.

The secret? …

Egg White Powder

The Essential Ingredient’s Egg White Powder is the pastry chef’s secret weapon.

A free-flowing powder made from the glucose-reduced and spray-dried egg whites of quality farm-fresh eggs, egg white powder has many advantages over fresh.

Egg white powder is commonly used in baking, found in recipes for pavlova, meringue, soufflé, curd, marzipan, icings, ice creams and sorbets.

Save on waste when a recipe …

Cocoa Powder: Dutch-process or natural?

Cocoa powder is a staple in almost everyone’s pantry. So many decadent family favourites would be impossible without the chocolate powder,  and its versatility ensures a packet never lasts too long.

But, like so many food products and ingredients, the choices can be confusing. What, for example, is the difference between Dutch-process and natural cocoa powder?

Simply, Dutch-process cocoa powder is …

Cooking with lavender

The smell of lavender evokes sunny spring days, walks through the garden and the gentle rolling landscapes of rural England, provincial France and country Australia.

While the aromatic qualities of lavender are often utilised in scents, bouquets and oils, the floral and citrus notes in lavender’s nose and flavour also make it a prized ingredient in the kitchen.

A little lavender goes …