Preserving the bounty of the season

Plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots piled high; tomatoes, plump and plush, sending their sweet perfume through the market stalls.

It’s late summer and at Essential Ingredient we embrace the sweet fruits of the season so much we also love to preserve and pickle them to have them available through the cooler months.

The act of preserving food goes back to ancient times, when the …

The Essential Ingredient Jam Collection

Jam is, in many ways, a magical food. It is at once elegant and rustic, evoking both high tea in formal surrounds and Devonshire tea surrounded by a natural vista of gum trees and native flowers.

It is a breakfast staple, perfect simply spread across a piece of freshly toasted bread, but is equally at home in tarts or biscuits shared …

Making your own jam, sausages, ice cream, cheese and more

We lead busy lives. Between work, family and other commitments, having the time and inclination to cook can often suffer.

It’s no surprise, then, that the availability and range of ready-made, instant, pre-packaged food has steadily increased over the decades.

Convenient as it may be, there is a growing resistance against this trend. Increasingly, home chefs and food lovers are rediscovering the joys of ‘creating from scratch’ over buying from the supermarket.

Epicure …

Can Bech chocolate spreads and jellies

When considering Spain’s most highly-regarded and influential restaurants, Can Bech is sure to make an appearance, a name synonymous with quality food made from the best local ingredients.

Can Bech, located in Fontanilles, Girona (in Northern Spain), opened in 1981 and has become known around the country for its sophisticated menu and classically-inspired yet inventive approach to the area’s …