3 tablespoons cinnamon
6 star anise or 2 teaspoons anise seeds
... 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons szechuan peppercorns or 1 1/2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Combine all ingredients in blender or coffee grinder.
Blend until finely ground.
Store in airtight container.
Keeps up to 2 months.
You could"roast" the whole spices a bit for a more intense flavor in a dry frying pan-- Watch closely to prevent spices from burning.
Add it whenever you want to lend flavor to stir-fries, soups and red-cooked dishes. It works well with meats, and makes an excellent marinade. Just remember to use sparingly - a little goes a long way.