Open Sandwiches By The Book

At The Essential Ingredient, you can find all you need to take your Scandinavian open sandwiches to the next level.

Sometimes it’s not just about the food. Sometimes it’s as much about the conversation. And that means serving dishes that won’t interrupt free flowing discourse.

For more than 15 years, The Novel Lovers book club has met every month …

Slow down for autumn

Casseroles come into their own as the weather cools.

Summer has faded and at last it’s time to pull out the stockpots and casserole dishes from the back of the pantry.

There’s no doubt the Australian summer has many delights, from luscious tropical fruits and barbecues to …

Newcastle Autumn masterclasses

Join Stefano Marvello in his Lungo Pranzo – Italian Long Lunch masterclass at The Essential Ingredient Newcastle on May 27, 2017.

With autumn finally here it’s time to get excited about cooler weather cooking, so get ready with The Essential Ingredient Newcastle Cooking School’s Masterclass series, designed to lift your kitchen game with …

Tonka beans

Tonka beans are, in all likelihood, the most versatile ingredient you’ve never tried.

Harvested from a flowering tree native to South America and dried, the tonka bean is favoured for its unique flavour and scent.

The fragrance of the tonka bean, once also used in the manufacture of perfume, is reminiscent of vanilla, almonds, cinnamon and cloves, with hints of caramel and even …

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 …

Pordamsa fine porcelain tableware

The stunning Pordamsa porcelain range is now available in Australia, exclusively from The Essential Ingredient.

When it comes to tableware, sometimes it’s love at first sight.

Pordamsa porcelain makes an instant impression. Based in Spain, with over 35 years experience, Pordamsa creates pieces that are as unique and memorable as they are functional.

Though many of the designs are …

Buy Bamix stick mixers in Australia

Bamix is a name that has long been synonymous with quality.

While many other hand blenders have appeared (and disappeared) from the market, the Bamix has been a kitchen fixture for generations.

Created in Switzerland in 1954- the first of its kind- it was named ‘Bamix’ as an abbreviation of ‘battre et mixer’, French for ‘beat and mix’.

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