Cinnamon sticks are over. Star anise are a better shape, more intriguing.
- Add one to Swedish pea soup for a mysterious twang
- Prepare a simple syrup with sugar, water star anise and lemon juice to marinate winter fruit salad
- Poach pears with white wine and star anise – serve plain with whipped cream or sliced and baked into an almond tart
- Float them in cocktails just for their pretty star petals
N.B. Do not leave to soak overnight in soup/fruit salad – gives a weird burnt taste – too strong.