Alongside the charity shop offerings this year, I’ve decided to do ‘foodie gifts’ for my friends as well – and where better to start than by equipping a certain fan of my Tagine with a pot of magic to make her own with…

I haven’t given specific amounts as it depends on the size of the jar – so I haven’t costed these either. But for arguments sake, if you buy these four jars of spices for £1 each from the supermarket, you’ll make four presents with the jars as well! Simply pour the spices into four small dishes, soak the labels off the jars, and redistribute the spices between the four. Keep one for yourself and give three others away..

My spice cupboard is pretty well used, so I used what I had and popped them in a jar that I had under the sink, in my originally named Bag Of Jars. I think the one pictured here was from Ikea, part of a set of four.

Other jar options include buying the basic range mint sauce (15p) or mustard (27p), transferring the contents into a less attractive pot in the fridge, and cleaning the jar out to use.


1 part turmeric
1 part paprika
1 part cumin
1 part mixed dried herbs
A pinch of chilli

Simply combine all of the above ingredients until your jar is full. Depending on the size of the jar, you can do it a teaspoon at a time or in larger amounts.

And there you go! You can accompany it with a recipe or two if you like, spiced chicken and mandarin Tagine and the not-a-Tagine would be good places to start…

Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe

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