Squid ink – how are chefs using it?


Our squid ink (from Spain) has a subtle seafood flavour and its unique colour creates a striking and stylish …

Recipe: Twice-cooked duck with verjuice-baked chestnuts on farro


This recipe has been created exclusively for The Essential Ingredient by Karen Martini. To be the first to receive these …

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We’re holding on to autumn.  Don’t get us wrong – we love winter.  We love pulling out the Le Creuset and warming the house from the kitchen.  We love coming home to the pressure cooker and making flavour-packed braises in no time.  But we’re not there yet.  Stay tuned – …


Recipe: Cath Claringbold’s Winter tabouleh

Although perfect for winter, this recipe is a treat for any season. The warmth of the spices are contrasted with the freshness of a variety of herbs, and the incredible zing of the pomegranate.

Recipe: Cath Claringbold’s Winter Tabouleh
Serves:  4 – 6


160g white quinoa
500ml chicken or vegetable stock
1 cauliflower
2 tbl extra virgin …


Tonka beans

Tonka beans are, in all likelihood, the most versatile ingredient you’ve never tried.

Harvested from a flowering tree native to South America and dried, the tonka bean is favoured for its unique flavour and scent.

The fragrance of the tonka bean, once also used in the manufacture of perfume, is reminiscent of vanilla, …


The five knives you need

Knives are one of the most important tools in a kitchen, arguably second only to the stove. Choosing the right type of knife (of the right weight, construction, materials, etc.) and the right brand for you is crucial.

But which knives should you have in your set? What do they all do, and how do they differ from one another?…


Mum’s The Word Part 2












We’ve come up with our top 10 Mothers Day gift ideas, to treat Mum on Sunday 10th May. 

10. Wellington Apiary Honey Bundle for something sweet 

9. Anything from Dreamfarm!!!

8. Koko Black chocolates… and hope that she shares

7. Our Pasta bundle featuring Atlas Pasta Machine …