Find fabulous sweet and sour pork, Peking duck and Chinese noodle recipes that are all flavoured with Chinese five-spice powder. Because five spice features cinnamon, ginger and cloves - it makes a great addition to chutneys and orange cakes, too.
Five-spice powder – a fragrant mix of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise and Sichuan peppercorns – is used a great deal in Chinese cooking, and here it adds an oriental flavour to appetising, pitta pocket sandwiches.
The simple Oriental technique of stir-frying is perfect for preparing meals in a hurry. It is also a great healthy cooking method because it uses just a small amount of oil and cooks vegetables quickly so that most of their beneficial vitamins and minerals are preserved.
This simple mixture of five spices commonly used in Chinese cooking works great as a rub or in a marinade.
With just a touch of sweetness, this olive oil cake has a hint of orange zest and five-spice powder. If you don't eat it all the first day, cut it into cubes and layer with whipped cream and oranges, or toast and slather with honey.
I wanted to make something savoury with fresh cherries because there's only so much cherry pie and ice cream one man can eat!