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 get the most out of your time in the kitchen. …

Father’s Day Wishlist

Is your dad a willing participant or a spectator in the kitchen? Either way, we’ve got him covered this Father’s Day with a selection of gift boxes, books and cooking classes to celebrate with on Sunday, September 4.
Bookish Dad 

We have all the cook books and food books a dad could hope for.

Barbecues, seafoods, cheeses, vegetables, fermenting, preserving – whatever Dad enjoys to cook with or try out in …

Winter Blues

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

Books
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 …

Choosing the right roasting tray

It seems simple enough: you need a pan big enough to fit your leg of lamb or whole turkey. But choosing the right roasting pan for your next Sunday roast can prove slightly more complicated than just finding one with adequate dimensions.

These tips should make choosing the perfect roasting pan easy:

What’s it made from? The material from which your pan is made can …

How to create perfect pork crackling (video)

Roast pork is an Australian favourite, particularly when served with all the customary trimmings; roast vegetables, apple sauce, gravy and, of course, crackling. To most of us, a traditional Australian pork roast isn’t complete without perfectly formed, golden crackling, but getting a consistent result can often be a challenge.

Adrian Richardson, chef at La Luna and author of the book ‘Meat’, shows how to get perfect crackling results every time. This …

Cooking with Copper

What are the advantages of copper cookware and why do many chefs prefer it?

Primarily, copper is an excellent conductor of heat. It responds very quickly to changes in temperature, giving cooks and chefs far greater control over the contents of the pan or pot. Unlike stainless steel, heat is very quickly transferred around copper.

How to make Vietnamese Master Stock (video)

Australians love Vietnamese food, and few ingredients are as essential to Vietnamese cooking than the spiced, fragrant master stock.

In this exclusive web video, chef Mark Jensen of Red Lantern Restaurant demystifies the preparation of this stock, and explains how you can use it again and again to add a unique flavour burst to a wide variety of dishes.

Learn the secrets of this centuries-old recipes, and it might become one of …