At a dinner party with friends last night the subject of Dukkah came up.

Dukkah is a unique blend of nuts and seeds which makes finger food to be shared between friends, it is simple to prepare which you serve with fresh bread and olive oil, dipping the bread in the oil then the Dukkah. It is nearly heaven.

This is my version:

100g hazelnuts

50g coriander seeds

3 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoons cumin seeds

1 tablespoon black peppercorns

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 teaspoon dried mint leaves

1 teaspoon sea salt crystals

Dry roast the hazelnuts until slightly browned and fragrant, being careful that they don’t burn. Repeat the procedure with each of the seeds and the peppercorns. Allow each of them to cool completely.

Place the nuts and seeds, along with the mint and salt, into a mortar and pound until the mixture is crushed. Or pulse in a food processor to a coarse consistency; do not allow the mixture to become a paste.

Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to one month.