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, …

Herbes de Provence

Buy Aux Anysetiers Du Roy Herbs of Provence at your nearest The Essential Ingredient store or online now.

The food of Provence is a reflection of the place itself, its rich history, rolling topography and humble inhabitants reflected in the flavours, ingredients and techniques of the cuisine.

With its position at the north of the Mediterranean and its origins as …

Escargot; a French icon

Few ingredients are as iconically ‘French’ as escargot. Simply the French translation of ‘snails’, escargot has been considered a culinary luxury in Western Europe since the days of the Roman Empire.

Traditionally, French snails are served with herbed garlic butter and eaten from decorative shells, though there are many other delicious iterations. Perhaps the most famous contemporary dish featuring snails …

Delouis French mustards

Mustard is one of the most popular condiments in the world. It is a common accompaniment for meats (particularly sausages)- both hot and cold- and cheeses, but is also often incorporated into dressings, sauces, glazes and marinades.

Mustards were a part of the Roman diet from the 4th century, but it was the emergence of a uniquely smooth mustard variety …

De Buyer Cookware

De Buyer, a name synonymous around the world with exceptionally well-made cookware, has been operating in Vosges, France, since 1830.

With an emphasis on flawless design and uncompromising quality, De Buyer cookware is beloved among professionals and home cooks alike.

The company, rewarded with a Living Heritage Company (EPV) listing by the French Government, combines a traditional approach to quality …

The Essential Guide to Cornichons

Cornichons are, at their simplest, French gherkins. However there is more to these tiny pickled cucumbers than their size would suggest.

Far smaller in size than the dill pickles favoured by Eastern Europeans, and less sweet than the gherkins used in the USA (most often associated with hamburgers), cornichons reflect the delicate flavours of the French cuisine and are used throughout …

French food at home

At The Essential Ingredient, we’re keen to help you celebrate Bastille Day in the most enjoyable and fitting way: with food.

Whether you’re looking for tins of snails ready to be baked in rich garlic butter, lobes of foie gras, the finest black and white truffles or imported French duck fat perfect for use in a tender confit, …