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 …

Catalan Cream – a timeless classic

There is no better dessert than a well executed custard.

There’s something wonderful about rediscovering an old treasured recipe.

This one comes with thanks to Jenni, a long time  customer, who has held onto an Essential Ingredient newsletter from 2002 and brought in store to share with us.

There is no better dessert than a well executed custard – simple, elegant and satisfying,

Almost …

Cheers to better hydration

Hydration is just as important in the cooler weather as it is in summer, and even more so if you indulged in a little too much alcohol.  

It’s easy to lose track of just how much water you’ve had, but Australian designer Frank Green has made a water bottle that comes with its own app to keep you on …

Ice creams for adults

Looking for something other than chocolate this Easter? Maybe a treat for yourself?

Ice-cream isn’t just for kids and at The Essential Ingredient Newcastle we have a freezer full of newly delivered grown-up temptations: Serendipity Super Premium Ice Creams and Gelista Premium Gelati.

The sweetest things for Easter

Easter means delicious treats.

If there’s only one time of the year when you indulge your sweet tooth, Easter has to be time to do it. There are so many delightfully decadent goodies from which to choose. Whether it’s chocolate, sweet biscuits, honeycomb, fondant, meringues, rocky road, marshmallows, cakes, caramels or toffees, if you’re going to stray …

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 …

School holiday cooking fun

Teens can learn to make a Middle Eastern feast including spicy chicken skewers, hummus, tzatziki, flat bread and tabbouleh at The Essential Ingredient Newcastle Cooking School this Easter.

Banish school holiday boredom with our classes for kids and teens at The Essential Ingredient Newcastle Cooking School this Easter break. Don’t be alarmed but Friday April 7 is the last day …