Make Your Own Spice Mixes

FIVE SPICE POWDER     1 tsp. Ground cinnamon     1 tsp. Ground cloves     1 tsp. Fennel seed    1tsp. Star anise     1 tsp. Szechwan peppercorns

ITALIAN HERB SEASONING     1 tsp. Oregano     1 tsp. Marjoram     1 tsp. Thyme     1 tsp. Basil    1 tsp. Rosemary     1 tsp. Sage

CINNAMON SUGAR     7/8 cup Granulated sugar     2 Tbsp. Ground cinnamon

  TAMARIND PASTE     1 tsp. Dates     1 tsp. Prunes     1 tsp. Dried apricots     1 tsp. Lemon juice

  CHILI POWDER     3 Tbsp. paprika     1 Tbsp. ground cumin     2 Tbsp. oregano     1 tsp. red or cayenne pepper     1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Make Your Own Baking Powder

You can make your own baking powder by combining 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda with 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar. It’s ideal for coeliac sufferers who can’t find the gluten-free variety of this raising agent, but measure it out carefully because too much or too little can upset a recipe’s balance.