Having found that the 5 spice we had in the cupboard was a little old and stale, and that we had the requisite ingredients in, I made some myself tonight and it's ace. MUCH stronger and more aromatic than shop-bought, only a little was needed tonight to dust some lovely wild salmon I got for a steal in Waitrose (sides of wild salmon currently £12 a kilo til 3rd December - bargain!), giving a subtle but distinct taste. Here's the quanities: - 5 star anise - half teaspoon whole cloves - half teaspoon fennel seeds - one teaspoon sichuan peppercorns (get from an Oriental supermarket - supermarket ones aren' worth bothering with in my experience) - one teaspoon ground cinnamon Grind till finely powdered in a spice grinder or pestle and mortar. Should last a few months tightly sealed.