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 …

Bomba: the best rice for Paella

Paella is a perfect dish to create for entertaining and celebrations. The visual drama of the Paella pan abundant with rice, meats, seafoods and vegetables; the crunchy crust that forms on the base of the pan to add to the layered textures and the fresh seasonal flavours.  We love Paella!

The origins of Paella came out of necessity and practicality, cooking rice with rabbit, chicken and vegetables that were readily available …

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 …

The food of Spain

Paella, jamon, tapas and sangria.

Iconic and delicious as these are, they represent only a fragment of Spanish cuisine, a richly traditional, diverse and colourful cuisine that seems to be growing endlessly in popularity around the world.

Much of Spain’s produce and many of its recipes are intrinsically tied to the country’s geographical location on the Mediterranean Sea.  Seafood plays a large …

Making the most of winter

At The Essential Ingredient, we believe winter is a food-lover’s dream. Sure, it’s colder, darker and often much harder to get out of bed, but winter is also a wonderful opportunity to embrace some warming, comforting seasonal cooking.

Winter is the perfect time for hearty soups, steaming bowls of risotto, rich pasta sauces and all manner of slow-cooked masterpieces, and with the high-quality seasonal ingredients available in Australia, it’s also the …

Molí de Rafelet hand-milled Bomba Rice

Easy to prepare, attractive to serve and a pleasure to eat, rice appears as hors d’œuvre, side dishes, main courses, desserts and snacks; its simplicity as an ingredient matched only by its versatility.

Because of the many ways in which rice can be prepared, it’s important to choose the right rice for your dish. The properties of the grains- from their …

The history and traditions of paella

Paella, to many, is one of the great icons of Spain. Alongside flamenco music, innovative architecture, art and football, it is a recognisable symbol of this Mediterranean peninsula.

Yet paella, to the Spanish, is a strictly regional dish which, though often enjoyed across the country, has its origins in the region of Valencia, on Spain’s eastern coast.

While many variations …