The Essential Ingredient Newcastle’s home cooked, fresh home cooked meals are a lifesaver for those times when, for whatever reason, you just can’t make it all yourself.
Some days there’s no time to cook. Other times you might want to grab a pre-made element of a dish to speed things up in the kitchen.
On those days, there’s no need to settle for less than top quality, home cooked food, made from scratch. Each week our staff create delicious, fresh meals, as well as sauces, pie fillings, curries, pastry products, fresh pasta, pizza bases and appetizers to save you time and effort.
Life’s too short to miss out on the best food simply because you’re busy.
We are one of the few places in Newcastle where you can buy fresh pates, terrines, hummus and pesto made on site. Our fresh pork and duck terrine is an ideal starter and perfect to pair with our own brand of pickled cherries. Our classic duck liver pate is always a hit. Serve it with our own lavosh bread or Sonoma Sourdough.
Our quiches make a fantastic and fast dinner to take home, available in bacon; Swiss cheese and onion; pumpkin, blue cheese and quince paste; or goats cheese, spinach and herb.
And instead of takeaway pizza, why not take home a ready-to-roll pizza base, and choose your toppings from our delicatessen’s huge range of cheeses and smallgoods, including Nduja (spreadable salami), fresh pesto, and sopressa?
You can also pick up fresh home-made spinach and ricotta gnocchi, or choose from a wide selection of the best dried pasta to pair with our classic fresh meatballs and tomato sauce, or select a jar of prepared sauce such as our own brand of cherry tomato Sicilian sauce.
There’s shortcrust pastry ready to roll out, and pie fillings including the very popular chicken leek and mushroom; or our humble beef and vegetable pie filling.
Let us do the hard work
We have made beef bourguignon, mild jungle curry, duck confit, Mexican beef brisket, chipotle braised beef short rib, ragout bolognese, beef and potato massaman curry, beef and pork cassoulet, pork, apple and fennel sausage roll, Sri Lankan chicken curry, chili con carne, and oxtail and tomato braise. All you have to do is make the side dishes.
Dishes available depend on the season and demand. If you want a particular dish from our selection, please call ahead on 4926 1991.
Life’s too short to miss out on the best food simply because you’re busy. Visit The Essential Ingredient Newcastle at The Junction Fair and make sure your next takeaway is as delicious as it is convenient.