Recipe: Joseph Vargetto’s Risotto alla Milanese

Risotto is as popular a restaurant dish as it is a home-cooking staple. This exciting recipe, given to us by Melbourne cooking icon and multiple award winner Joe Vargetto, will ensure your next risotto is remembered long after the gold leaf has disappeared.


320g Carnaroli risotto rice
60g butter
2 pieces bone marrow
40g grated parmesan
1tsp saffron threads
1tbl onion, very finely chopped
1 …

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 …

The Essential Guide to Saffron

Saffron, the most prized of all spices, is highly sought after for its vivid red-orange colour, its aroma and its flavour. Though expensive, a little saffron goes a long way, and only a few small threads are needed for each dish.

Be wary of cheaper alternatives; there are many fake saffron products on the market, so it is important to use …

The Essential Ingredient Saffron Harvest

Saffron is one of the world’s most highly-prized ingredients, its value as a spice equal only to the care required to produce it at the highest quality.

Saffron stocked by The Essential Ingredient is sourced from skilled Spanish producers who still carry out all stages of production using processes that are centuries old.

The annual saffron harvest must be completed quickly once the stigmas of the saffron flower are fully developed. …