Recipe: Karen Martini’s Paella with Chicken, Chorizo and Calamari

This recipe has been created exclusively for The Essential Ingredient by Karen Martini.

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Don’t forget to try Karen’s Amaranth and Tomato Salad recipe and her Twice-cooked Duck with Verjuice-baked Chestnuts on Farro.


“This delicious full-flavoured paella uses classic Spanish ingredients …

Francois Doucet confectionary

Surrounded by the beauty of the Provincial countryside, a family of fruit growers and artisan confectionary makers in the south of France combine their talents to produce a spectacular range of confectionary treats.

For the chocolate range, local fruits and nuts are enrobed in gianduja (a rich combination of chocolate and hazelnut paste) and praline, then finished in gorgeously coloured chocolate candy.

Beautifully packaged, …

Scottish Oatcakes

You’ve spent the day in the kitchen preparing. The table is set, the roast is in the oven and dessert is chilling in the fridge. When the doorbell rings and your dinner guests arrive, it’s your chance to take a well-earned break.

Cheese, pate, dip, antipasto- all are perfect ways to make your guests feel at home straight away, and help …

Recipe: Baked brie with truffle honey

Most of us like to serve a little food when company drops around, but finding something interesting (and delicious) that doesn’t take hours of preparation and that doesn’t come straight out of a packet can be difficult.

This simple idea, using only a few simple ingredients, is both easy to throw together and certain to impress.

Baked Brie with Truffle Honey

– A small …

Food and the Finals Season

Sport: Love it or hate it, this is the time of year when it’s almost impossible to ignore.

One thing the finals season for the major Australian football codes does every year, whether you’re a passionate, face-painted supporter shouting yourself hoarse at the television, or a devout sport-avoider forced into supporting your partner’s team, is bring people together.

Around the country, grand …

Elegance and decadence: The traditions of High Tea

With our country’s traditional ties to England, many Australians embracing our connection to the Monarchy and to our English heritage by enjoying the most revered of institutions; High Tea.

High tea is synonymous with decadence, the simple tea and biscuits of the standard afternoon refreshment replaced with cream-oozing cakes, warm, flaking pastries and elaborate multi-layered sandwiches.

Generally, we reserve the …