Five Spice

This robust blend is not only useful in weeknight stir fry's and sprinkled on steamed vegetable sides but also a brilliant match with poultry.

For a seasonal dish which makes the most of this wonder-blend, try using five spice alongside honey in your usual baked chicken blend for golden drumsticks and wings with zing.

Ingredients: Ginger, star anise, cassia, sechuan pepper, cloves

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The origin of the Chinese five spiceblend is shrouded in mystery but it is believed the Chinese were trying to create a ‘Wonder Powder’ which would consist of all five flavour groups: sour, bitter, sweet, umami and salty.

A delicious blend of earthy spices such as cloves, cinnamon and star anise form a lip-licking combination of tastes which transform any meal into a traditional Chinese feast. In many ways the Chinese conquered this successfully - despite the fact that the origins of the powder may be lost, this magnificent blend has stood the test of time.

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