Merry Christmas from The Essential Ingredient


The festive season has again been a busy time at The Essential Ingredient with all of our stores full of wonderful …

#EssentialKnowledge: Caramel & Butterscotch

Our Cooking School Coordinator Zoi Condos shares the fundamentals of caramels, butterscotches & all things sweet…

The primary ingredient in caramel is white granular sugar.
• Caramel is as much a product, …

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What’s on your Christmas Table?

I’m not sure about you, but the minute Summer is here, I declare it ‘Entertaining Season’. My food menu for Christmas day is set and now I’m focusing on the table setting. We’ve come up with a few necessities for your Christmas table this year.

Gluggle Jugs – Entertain your friends as they …

Copper Tangle

Stelton Tableware

Stelton Vacuum Jug
The Stelton vacuum jug kicked off 30 years of collaboration between Peter Holmblad’s business acumen and Erik Magnussen’s creative power. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, the duo produced a wide range of design hits that appealed across generations of gift givers….


#MyFavouriteThings – Canele

#MyFavouriteThings continues this week, prompted by our colleague Christina’s beautiful home-made canele. Christina is a central part of our retail team & she recently treated us to a round of these beauties- caramelised and dark on the outside, custardy on the inside.

She swears by Andrew McConnell’s recipe (found in his Cumulus …


Handmade Timber Knife Blocks

Les Ratajczak knife blocks are one of a kind pieces handcrafted from beautiful native and exotic timbers. Timber is an essential kitchen material that is gentle on tools, is easily cared for and only improves with age. Les uses rosewood, jarrah, rock maple, wenge, blackwood, cedar, all of which he ensures is properly seasoned before assembly. Once these pieces are together …


Francois Doucet confectionary

Surrounded by the beauty of the Provincial countryside, a family of fruit growers and artisan confectionary makers in the south of France combine their talents to produce a spectacular range of confectionary treats.

For the chocolate range, local fruits and nuts are enrobed in gianduja (a rich combination of chocolate and hazelnut paste) …