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.

The act of preserving food goes back to ancient times, when the …

Condiments to the chef

Ask any artist what the difference is between a beautiful piece of work and a masterpiece, and they’ll tell you it’s all in the details.

This is equally true at the dinner table.

Condiments are to your meal what accessories are to your clothes; they’re usually not essential, but seldom are they unwelcome.

In the simplest terms, condiments are any sauce, seasoning or …