I really dislike it when I'm making a recipe and it calls for a herb or spice and I don't have it. Especially when it's a public holiday. But that's not always a reason to despair because sometimes, you might just find you have the contents of this spice mix in your pantry already - you just didn't realise.
And today, I'm showing you a such a situation - I had no chinese five spice for the smoked salmon spring rolls (if you're having a wedding get-together tonight I will suggest those as a posh but easy option). So I got the help of Mr google to help me find a recipe and I found a few, but I kind of mucked about a bit and made it this way:
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground white pepper
1 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
3 whole cloves
1 whole star anise
Place in a mortar and pestle, grind well. Sieve through a tea strainer or sieve. Store in an airtight container.
So friends, do you make up your own spice mixes?
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