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 autumn kitchen

Many of us have a complicated love/hate relationship with autumn. While we can be saddened by the end of summer and its long, warm evenings, barbeques and outdoor activities, the romantic associations with autumn are often irresistible.

Autumn, of course, sees the colour of the leaves changing before they fall from the trees and sees jumpers and jackets make …