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1. Spice Mix of the Month "Chinese Five-Spice"

2. Healthy Roasted Chickpeas

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“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” -- W. C. Fields

Homemade Chinese Five Spice Blend Recipe

This easy Chinese 5 spice recipe uses spices which are not always readily available so feel free to substitute one for another if needed.

Ingredients: (makes about 5-6 tbsp)

8 star anise
1 tbsp fennel seeds
20 sichuan peppercorns (or black peppercorns)
15 whole cloves
3 inch piece of cassia (or cinnamon stick)

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


In a coffee grinder, combine all ingredients and grind to a fine powder.

Store in an airtight jar out of direct sunlight.

Simple, and so much better and tastier than bland store bought 5 spice powder.

Homemade Roasted Chickpeas

This delicious and nutritious snack is a well established favourite in my house. My nephews love them!

I've made them with the 5 spice recipe above, but other blends like curry powder or pumpkin spice mix work well too.


1 can chickpeas - drained
2 tsp 5 spice powder - see above
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp (or less) salt
2 tbsp lemon juice


1. Preheat oven to 200C (400f).

2. Lightly oil a baking tray

3. In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients and mix together

4. In a single layer spread the coated chickpeas out on the baking tray

5. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until crunchy and golden. Make sure to move them around every 15 minutes so they're evenly cooked.

6. Let cool before stirring and enjoy!

Stored in an airtight jar these will keep for a while.

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