Recipe: Jewelled Rice Stuffing

Thanksgiving: Roast Turkey Cools In Roasting Pan

This ‘stuffing’ is loosely based around a Persian polow, a regal rice dish typically served at celebrations.

Laced with butter and saffron, this …

Win: A spectacular book set


Thanks to Hardie Grant we have 3 fantastic book sets worth $120 to give away: The Ultimate Cook’s Manual AND Patisserie.

The …


The Essential Christmas Shopping List

Let’s face it- Christmas shopping is exhausting. Even the most well-planned of us have arrived back at home, cooking underway, and discovered we’ve forgotten something important.

The Essential Ingredient has everything you need to ensure your Christmas feasts are a rousing, festive success: quality ingredient, professional cookware, beautiful tableware and much more.

With this handy …


The Essential Ingredient Gift Boxes

At The Essential Ingredient, we put a lot of effort into creating our gorgeous gift boxes.

Want to gift somebody the highest quality kitchen essentials or take them on a culinary journey to Spain?

Perhaps you’d like to send some festive and delicious …


Kitchen Garden Tools

The Essential Ingredient is proud to introduce our wonderful new range of kitchen garden products. See the full range in your nearest The Essential Ingredient store (Canberra excepted), or buy a selection online.

Professional chefs and home-cooks alike understand the connection between provenance of ingredients and the quality of …


Recipe: Festive Grissini

Grissini make great finger food and are fantastic for entertaining.

Topped with Aleppo pepper, wattleseed and black pepper, these speckled sticks are packed full of flavour, wonderfully aromatic and absolutely beautiful.

Aleppo Pepper is one of our favourite ingredients. It adds dramatic colour, aromatic zing and wild smoky heat to anything it is …


Recipe: Cherry and Chocolate Pavlova

Christmas in Australia means pavlova!

The perfect pud, it can be made ahead and simply assembled just before serving.

This fluffy version is topped with cherries (dipped and plain) and shards of white chocolate.

Silver leaf can be used to make this sensational centrepiece stand out from the crowd.

Any fruit can be used …