There’s an entire cupboard in my kitchen devoted to spices.
As soon as you open the door a wonderful waft of exotic scents punches you in the nasal glands (in a good way). It’s the only place in the house the ants/roaches/millipedes won’t go.
(btw I don’t live in filth, we get a lot of pests because we live in the Caribbean. Don’t judge ’til you’ve lived in a tropical climate – it’s wave after wave of beasties)
The reason for my obsession with spices is obvious. I love food. I love all kinds and all flavours and I especially love cuisines from far-flung places involving a plethora of fragrant spices.
I also like knowing exactly what’s in my food, so making my own spice mix is a better fit for me than buying the pre-mixed stuff that has probably sat on the supermarket shelf for so long that it’s now staler than a 90s one-hit wonder (Dee-Lite’s Groove is in the Heart anyone?)
Chinese Five-Spice Powder (makes about 1/3 cup)
*slightly adapted from Chow
- 2 tbsps star anise
- 2 tbsps ground fennel
- 2 tsps ground black pepper
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- Stir all the above together until well mixed. Store in an airtight container, preferably somewhere cool and dark.
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