I usually avoid this place like the plague, not because there is anything wrong with it, rather its array of condiments, spices, plates, cooking implements, cookbooks and other provisions is so mind blowing I always end up leaving with something lovely but pointless like a mini-grater or tiny porcelain tart cases.
But I had to go, because I don't know anywhere else in Melbourne that sells these chestnuts.
You know those magazine fluff pieces where someone like Miranda Kerr is asked to disclose the contents of their handbag? The contents are always semi fake aren't they? No used tissues, bits of rubbish, phone chargers, Cabcharge vouchers, Medicare rebate forms or elastic bands. No, it's things like pristine Chanel lipstick, a full tub of Eve Lom eye cream and an unscratched Hermes wallet.
So in that same fluff piece spirit, here is my bounty from Essential Ingredient.
Sushi rice and nori seaweed, as I thought it might be fun to make sushi with the children although as I write this I realise I don't have one of those little wooden rolling mats.
Walnut oil for a batch of Nick Nairn salad dressing. Can you believe how expensive this stuff is? I find it hard to bring myself to buy it, hence the small tin.
(Sigh) a measuring cup, very hard to find and the very best style in my opinion, as it measures down to 25 ml, in plastic, to replace this:
which my husband describes as a heirloom, he has had it for 20 years. Never mind that the markings have rubbed off so you have to feel the levels with your fingers as if it were braille.
Some small baking trays, for the children's dinner. No not for them to eat, but to cook their little sausages etc in. I am not sure what Non Attacca !!!! means, but I think it is something good like non - stick. These are to replace this embarrassment:
Some little French tartlet things, to fill with egg and mayonnaise for my egg eating child, and maybe avocado for the almost vegan one.
And finally, the chestnuts. To cook with apples, cider, cream and pheasant breasts, one of my favourite,
winter, only cook once a year dishes.
Happy cooking to you all this weekend..