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How to Make Chinese Five Spice
June 20, 2014

How to Make Chinese Five Spice and Add Authentic Asian Flavours to Your Home Cooking


20th June 2014 -- Issue #38

Table of Contents

1. My Facebook/Twitter/Youtube pages

2. Recipe of the Week - How to Make Chinese Five Spice

3. Top Tips on Toasting and Grinding Spices For Fab Flavours and Mouthwatering Aromas!

4. My Recipe Book

5. Recommended BBQ Recipe Book

6. Build a Website & Earn Money!


To keep up to date with new recipes and herbs and spices info,

I have a Facebook page you may like...

And if twitter is your thing...

And Click here to visit my Youtube channel You'll find all my videos of how I make the recipes.

How to Make Chinese Five Spice

To enjoy the unique flavours and aromas of Asian and Chinese food at home, this easy-to-make Five Spice is just the thing. Using a blend of 5 traditional spices, it takes minutes to make!

Ingredients: (makes about 5-6 tbsp)

2 x 3 inch piece cinnamon
2 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tbsp fennel seed
1 tbsp whole cloves
5-6 star anise

tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon


  • Break up the cinnamon and star anise

  • Grind the cinnamon and anise along with the cloves, peppercorns and fennel seeds

  • Sieve into a bowl and it's done!

    Store in an airtight container out of direct sunlight and use within 3 months.

    Note: Dry toasting the whole spices before grinding is worth doing for even more flavours and aromas. See below for info on this.

    How to Toast and Grind

    A few people have asked how I toast and grind whole spices. It's really very easy...

  • Over a medium heat add your spices to a dry pan

  • Whilst stirring or shaking the pan; toast for a few minutes

  • When they start to darken and you can really smell their aromas, they're ready

  • Remove from the heat and let cool before grinding

    For photos of this simple process, Click here.

    My Spice Mix Book

    Here's a link to my recipe book for making homemade spice mixes and blends.

    It has 50 recipes ranging from the basic to fairly complex.

    Just a few of the recipes you'll find within...

    A Collection of BBQ Rubs
    Cajun, Creole and Taco Seasonings
    Curry Powder and Garam Masala Blends
    Pumpkin and Pudding Spice Recipes
    Mulling and Pickling Spice Mixes
    Recipes For Dry rubs
    Blends From China, India, US, Africa and Europe

    Comes complete with 4 bonus books all written by me!

    The Ultimate Guide to a Delicious Backyard BBQ

    By Oscar Orillia

    Here's a link to a BBQ book I recommend.

    Build a Website & Earn Money!

    Would you like to build your own website?

    Maybe you have a hobby, knowledge to share or even make things you'd like to sell.

    A year ago I had no idea about building a website. And now I'm sharing my herbs and spices knowledge and earning a few extra dollars along the way!

    Have a quick look at these links below, and don't worry if you know nothing about website building. I certainly didn't...

    First Day of the Rest of Your Life

    Until Next Week,

    Jason - Bespoke Spices

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