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Star Anise

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by egyptgirl, May 16, 2011.

  1. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    I cannot get it ANYWHERE. [​IMG]
    I'm making a beef stew tonight to form the basis of a pie for tomorrow and I always put star anise into my stew to give it that background flavour. Any suggestions as to what I can substitute it with?
  2. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    I love star anise with beef. I wouldn't use fennel seeds as they don't really work as a substitute, I don't think.
    Maybe a cinnamon stick?

  3. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    Already has a cinnamon stick - wondering whether a pinch of 5 spice might do it...
  4. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    Yep, reckon that would do it - just be cautious, or it will taste like a Chinese pie!
  5. egyptgirl

    egyptgirl Senior commenter

    Thanks CQ - already put cloves in it! 5 spice it is then!

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