School holiday cooking fun

Teens can learn to make a Middle Eastern feast including spicy chicken skewers, hummus, tzatziki, flat bread and tabbouleh at The Essential Ingredient Newcastle Cooking School this Easter.

Banish school holiday boredom with our classes for kids and teens at The Essential Ingredient Newcastle Cooking School this Easter break. Don’t be alarmed but Friday April 7 is the last day …

Explore. Discover. Indulge

Good food and good cooking are the beginnings of a happy day, the makings of a balanced meal at the end of it and a beautiful way to connect to those we love.

Every year we have the honour of developing a cooking school program in Prahran that gathers great culinary minds who offer their skills and insights to make you the …

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

Ingredients:

1rcpe                     Sweet …

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 raw food and created a meal.

Since the 1960s there has …

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 did you know we also have a strong wholesale arm …

GIFT BOXES GALORE!

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

This famous quote is from writer Harriet Van Horne and it began her article Not for Jiffy Cooks in Vogue magazine in 1956. In the article Van Horne spoke of the beauty of quality ingredients and taking time to cook rather than using “premixed, prewhipped, pre-stewed foods that crowd the grocer’s shelf,” as she put it.

This …

Chat with a Chef: Jarrod Di Blasi, Ezard

At The Essential Ingredient, we create beautiful retail experiences and sell quality products but did you know we also have a strong wholesale arm of the business and sell much of our quality ingredients to some of Melbourne’s leading chefs. Here we have a chat to Jarrod Di Blasi, head chef of Flinders Lane restaurant, ezard to find out what he loves about his work (and The Essential Ingredient…)….