Win a James Martin spice grinder

With only ten days to go until Christmas, and vast quantities of food, gifts and decorations littering the house, isn’t it time you deserved a little treat?

Of course it is.

And I’m not just talking a sneaky glass of sherry in the kitchen while you’re cooking. I’m talking about a proper fancy kitchen gadget.

Now, if you’re like me, forever grinding spices by hand and what not, you’ll be secretly hoping that someone buys you a James Martin Wahl spice grinder for Christmas. When you don’t find a spice grinder in your stocking though, (because to be honest, who knew you loved grinding spices so much?), what will you do? Sob into your sprouts?


You’ll enter this competition instead of course. Silly billy.

"Spice grinder"

If grinding spices isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to hear you can grind coffee beans in it too. Or simply stick it under the bed and wait until next Christmas, when you can whip it out as a thoughtful gift for the budding chef in your life.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post, telling me what your favourite spice is. (I like a bit of cumin myself.)

The competition will close on 29th December, to give you chance to enter once you’ve opened your presents and been disappointed.

Good luck!

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248 comments on “Win a James Martin spice grinder

  1. Nicki says:

    Smoked Paprika! It is lovely in pork, on pork, with chicken… oh just about everything.
    Have to say though, love the coffee grinding idea!

  2. paulaacton says:

    am more of a herb girl but I do love paprika and the occasional bit of saffron

  3. Carolin says:

    Garam masala – we love Indian cooking, so that’s a must-have in our house :)

  4. Michael Griffin says:

    Has got to be cinnamon, I use it in so many dishes from curries to desserts

  5. vickysh says:


    Sorry…. So childish!

    Seriously though, I do like a bit of cajun spice. Or some general bog standard mixed herbs.

  6. emma says:

    I love smoked paprika especially on crispy potatoes!

  7. Star Anise, just love anything aniseedy

  8. esther james says:

    black pepper

  9. bubbablue says:

    Ginger for me (or cinnamon)

  10. Sharon donnelly says:

    Ground coriander for me!

  11. katie walters says:


  12. Alison Johnson says:


  13. Turmeric – we love curry and fish in our house and it goes so well with both.

  14. Chris Hutson says:

    Coriander and cumin

  15. Rosemary! I love it on my potatoes and lamb xx

  16. Cinnamon! I put it on EVERYTHING!

  17. Simon Howes

    I love oregano… Which I know is a herb, but meh… If you are going to make me pick a spice, it would probably be pepper, simple and unspderstated!

  18. Ade Bradley says:

    Gotta be Paprika, perfect with chicken.

  19. MIddlewingut says:

    Cinnamon everyday. Yup. if you haven’t had cinnamon ice-cream on a baked apple, you just ain’t lived.

  20. nicola t says:

    I love cinamon, especially in my home made apple pie

  21. Andy Caldwell says:


  22. John Taggart says:

    I love Paprika

  23. ashleigh says:

    I love cinnamon x

  24. iain maciver says:


  25. Maya Russell says:

    I love cardamom.

  26. gavin says:

    I live for pepper.

  27. helen battle says:

    i like cinnamon on apples

  28. Glenn 'Spike' Hutton says:

    Szechuan pepper – so aromatic and tasty!

  29. Tina Lockett says:

    italian mixed spice, you can chuck it in everything to liven it up

  30. Rena Plumridge says:

    Coriander. It’s lovely in curries and lovely in salad so fragrant.

  31. Pete C Hewitt says:

    Star Anise it is surprisingly versatile especially with beef and Gammon

  32. Phil Darling says:

    Cinnamon – love it in everything from apple pies to coffee

  33. suan watts says:


  34. My mum makes her own garam masala at home and gives me a tub every few months. I would love my own spice grinder so i could do it myself.


    …… pepper… versatile

  36. James Moran says:

    I love allspice. It’s great added to curries or even homemade beef burgers. I love cumin too – especially in a lamb tagine. Yum!

  37. Tracey Belcher

    Love Paprika

  38. Kate Adams says:


  39. Cheryl Edwards says:


  40. C Hui says:

    Paprika, really adds to food

  41. Rebecca Foster says:

    Coriander & Cardamom seeds for their ability to add flavour, colour and aroma to dishes.

  42. susan capeling says:

    cinnamon as you can use it in both savoury and sweet dishes – and very christmassy

  43. Lynne Donnelly says:

    Paprika – gives a christmas parsnip soup a bit of zing!

  44. Maxine says:

    I admit to putting smoked sweet paprika on nearly anything, but also love nutmeg for it’s slightly aromatic sweetness too

  45. Jane Morfett says:

    Cinnamon that I like using in cakes and love black pepper in most food

  46. Paul Wilson says:

    I like Cardamom

  47. Kelly Koya says:

    Oh I couldn’t possibly choose! I have a cupboard full of spices, I love experimenting with them. ermmmm, maybe saffron?

  48. laura banks says:

    garammasala it can be used in all different things

  49. John Tingay says:

    Garlic – I count it as a spice although some will disagree. I also love mustard and black pepper..

  50. Sarah Mc says:

    cinnamon – for sweet and savoury dishes…and it reminds me of Christmas every time (o:

  51. Harpal Kaur says:


  52. Claire Smith says:

    Cinnamon – lovely with apple x

  53. Lisa Williams says:

    Tarragon its so tasty

  54. ginger is my fav perfect with garlic

  55. Lauren Purdy says:

    I would have to say ginger too. Love the smell of it!!

  56. Laura Harris says:

    Probably good old simple black pepper. Especially in buttery mash!

  57. vicky morton says:

    Black pepper for me!

  58. Emma Ferguson says:

    I love abut of paprika x

  59. Jim Milligan says:


  60. Sarah Morris says:

    Paprika is my fave, great in omelettes, on potatoes or in tomato based sauces.

  61. Ginger love using it in allsorts

  62. Lorraine says:

    I love ginger in both sweet and savoury dishes.

  63. Larry M says:

    Rosemary,especially on Roasts

  64. stephanie tsang says:

    Ground coriander

  65. Emma Hughes says:

    it has to be cumin…

  66. Jay Scales says:

    Cumin! I add it to chillies, stews and curries – just about anything really!

  67. Sally Carter says:

    ground ginger – great in a sweet and sour sauce and in cakes too.

  68. anna says:

    have to choose cinammon, as its xmas!

  69. gary wilson

    cinammon,so christmassy!!

  70. Solange says:


  71. Sally says:

    cinnamon is my favourite….

  72. Nicole says:

    Cardamon is my favourite

  73. S Edwards says:

    Parsley is mine :)

  74. claire woods says:

    cinnamon. It’s lovely in hot drinks this time of year.

  75. Helena Jones says:

    Fennel seeds, lovely with tomatoes

  76. vanessa crowley says:


  77. Louise Smith says:

    Black Peppercorns

  78. Coriander for me yum :-)


  79. The Fool says:

    I think I’m with you on the Cumin, quite a versatile one that can be used in lots of things. However fresh Rosemary or Thyme would definitely be up there

  80. Susan says:

    Got to be cinnamon on a nice treat

  81. judy kennedy says:

    oregano no question

  82. Lorna Allan says:

    Coriander… my favourite is carrot and coriander soup!!!

  83. Heather Shaw says:

    cinnamon. Just the smell reminds me of christmas

  84. Pam says:

    I love anything flavoured with ginger.

  85. Marta P says:


  86. foz says:

    saffron is the best spice of all

  87. Dawn Henson

    I love my black pepper, I cover my food with it.

  88. Jean Vaughan says:

    Love coriander and use it loads in Asian dishes.

  89. Preety R says:


  90. Oregano for sure, but if I really have to choose a spice it would be Ginger

  91. Emma Jackson says:

    Black pepper, it adds a tasty zing to everything.

    As a bonus extra answer I can’t stand cinnamon :(

  92. Geoff Wickens says:

    love cinnamon

  93. Mark Blumire says:


  94. Davaitch says:

    Pepper, it’s so versatile from cheese on toast to strawberries.

  95. fiona sylva says:

    chilli , can’t live without it !

  96. fiona waterworth says:

    cinnamon, my husband makes brilliant scones with this in

  97. Crabby says:

    I have a herb garden and love to make herb bread – I’m always picking and chopping them and frankly look demented – a spice grinder might give me back my dignity!

  98. truthmonkey says:

    Definitely cumin. Makes a wonderful marinade for beef steaks.

  99. Nick Wells-Gaston says:

    Mamma Mia – it has to be Oregano!!

  100. nikki hilton says:

    organic ground cayenne chilies!

  101. Sam Baldwin says:

    My favorite spice is simply black pepper!!

  102. Liz Griffin says:

    Mine is cinnamon!

  103. Angela Webster says:

    I love Nutmeg, is that even a spice ?


  104. Eva lorraine Appleby-Gill says:

    I love many spices but chives fennel and turmeric are great

  105. hannah says:

    So many to choose from but cardamom and cinnamon are my favourites!

  106. Alison Bruce says:

    I love using Ras El Hanout it is a Moroccan spice mix and so versitile

  107. Craig says:

    Plain and simple – cracked black peppercorns!

  108. Francesca Light-Wilson says:

    I love paprika, it peps everything up :-)

  109. valerie mccarthy says:


  110. Philip tuckwood says:

    Love coriander, the way it seems to freshen everything and of course you can use the seeds as well as the leaves how versatile

  111. Gandy says:

    Nutmeg becomes you, it goes with your hair. Sorry? What? Oh yes, we all love nutmeg. Opna Nutmeg style.

  112. Gillian Holmes says:

    I love cinamon

  113. judith eddington says:

    thats a hard one, but cinnamon esp at this time of year

  114. JENNY MILLER says:

    Star Anise for me.

  115. shelagh milne says:

    love nutmeg

  116. Alice Hindley says:

    Black pepper

  117. Isabel O'Brien says:

    Cinnamon! I love anything cinnamon flavoured.


  118. Gul says:

    Saffron is my favourite spice – Expensive of course but gives a lovely colour to rice & lightly fragrances it. Yummy fluffy flavoured basmati rice…

  119. Julie Davies says:

    love cinammon, especially in sticky buns

  120. Micky Ricketts says:

    I love cinnamon, the smel of it cooking is amazing

  121. Lynn Doe says:

    I love nutmeg, the taste, the smell and especially blathered on an egg custard :)

  122. Susan El Carter says:

    Corriander fresh, dried, seeds, leaves – can’t get enough of it.

  123. stacey dsouza says:

    I love a bit of cinnamon goes well with my hot chocolate to keep me warm this estive season besides is an essential for my making lovely cinnamon sugar to top up all mu yummy sweet treats :)

  124. Mark Johnson says:


  125. Karen says:

    Coriander for me!

  126. Emma Thackery says:

    ground black pepper

  127. Carolynn Woodland says:


  128. Michelle Rayner says:

    I love a bit of ginger

  129. Pauline Dring says:

    my favourite spice is whole Black pepper

  130. Elizabeth Smith says:

    cinnamon for me – I’ve a recipe for a cinnamon nutella cake and it’s beautiful!

  131. Julie Brooke says:

    Chilli. Use it in so many different dishes

  132. Eleanor Powell says:

    cinnamon – it has so many uses and smells just gorgeous

  133. Jayne K says:

    Nutmeg – love it on the top of a baked rice pudding or on custard tarts. Also great in a cheese sauce

  134. Susan Hall ( says:

    I love Cinnamon and tend to use it more often than any other spice i love the smell it feels special somehow.

  135. Julie Guy says:

    I love making bread pudding with about 3/4 jar of mixed spice. My favourite!!

  136. Sarah H says:

    Cinnamon is def one of my favourites x

  137. Mick Skelding says:

    Nutmeg, freshly grated it adds flavour to lots of savoury dishes.

  138. Kim Lam says:

    Ground coriander seeds. Lovely the orangey fragrance

  139. JOHN BRATTON says:

    I love Rosemary most of the tyme

  140. Leanne Bucknall says:

    Nutmeg, it gives a really different & unusual taste

  141. David Price says:

    I love smoked paprika

  142. Erin Satterly says:

    My all time favourite is cardamom. Unfortunately, the good one is still in the pod. A nightmare to grind the seeds when I make cardamom biscuits ;-)

  143. Petra Hora says:

    I love cinnamon

  144. kristy brown

    I’m an italian mixed spice myself…..or plenty of garlic

  145. cinnamon especially this time of year

  146. Sue Warr says:

    Cinnamon is my absolute favourite…..followed by Paprika for my soups and savouries!

  147. jackie rushton says:

    My favourite is Nutmeg

  148. Becky Downey says:

    nutmeg, especially in mash

  149. tinks says:


  150. HK says:

    Cumin, will liven up any dish

  151. Katherine L says:

    Cinnamon is versatile, love using it in baking, cooking and spicing up drinks!

  152. cheryl lovell says:

    I love cayenne pepper, it gives a kick to my pasta dishes :)

  153. David Barros says:

    Cinnamon offers one of the best spife tastes on food, cocktails and refreshments

  154. Maria hindmarch says:

    ras el hanout which is a blend of rose petals, cumin coriander fennel seeds fenugreek and cinnamon combined after being crushed it is fragrant and beautiful to look at, it adds extra spiciness to morroccan lamb dishes- my favourite spice would be smoked praprika because it is so versatile

  155. Sharon Bell says:

    It has to be cinnamon for me!

  156. yasmine choudhry says:

    Would love this thank you

  157. Hannah Whitling says:

    I like smoked paprika, make wedges with some of that sprinkled over is yum! I also like saffron, but it’s too expensive to use more than on special occasions.

  158. Louise says:

    I love the smell of cinnamon. Reminds me of so many things, including Christmas and hot cinnamon rolls first thing in the morning with a lovely cup of coffee

  159. Sharon Curran says:

    My favourite herb has to be basil. It has such a distinctive flavour but as a lover of Italian food basil is the perfect herb for me.

  160. Alison says:

    Black pepper, it goes on everything and I love it

  161. Emily Phipps says:

    Cumin, such a distinct flavour, love it

  162. Jamie says:

    cinnamon smells amazing and is great is biscuits :)

  163. Phil Gilbert says:

    Love nutmeg, the smell and the taste on a hot rice pudding baked in the oven…mmm

  164. Kathy Green says:

    Garam masala

  165. cumin! perfect with salmon and noodles. yum!

  166. Caroline H says:

    Nutmeg. Lovely in baking but my favourite is tagliattelle with mushrooms, spinach, a little fromage frais and parmesan and a generous pinch of nutmeg.

  167. Jo Kelly says:

    Paprika – a little spice with a lovely flavour :)

  168. Cinnamon, especially in baking. :)

  169. DeniseUK says:

    Cinnamon is one of my favourites but I love lots of spices!

  170. francis lee says:

    my favourite is a split descion. between chilli and cinnamon.

  171. kate knight says:

    Paprika is very versatile so i love that

  172. Lesley Bain says:

    Cumin for me too….:)

  173. Hazel Rush says:

    I like allspice berries for Caribbean cooking!

  174. jennie jackson says:


  175. Sally Poole says:

    Fresh Ground Black Pepper

  176. Stephanie Whitehouse

    Right now it’s allspice, because it’s so Festive

  177. Abs Kinnear says:

    Allspice! Its great in savoury and sweet :)

  178. Judith Luscombe says:

    Garam Masala

  179. Talia says:

    Paprika gives a nice twist to everything!

  180. FionaLynne Edwards says:

    You can’t beat Parsley for a wonderful flavour!

  181. Rhydian P says:

    Cajun. I love my cajun spiced chicken with cous cous.

  182. Leigh Larkin says:

    Cinnamon – I’ve only just discovered using this is dishes other than puddings and cakes but it is fab!

  183. Sarah H says:

    My favourite has to be cinnamon :-)

  184. Heather Haigh says:

    I love cumin.

  185. julie says:

    Ginger in chocolate

  186. Jane Wainwright says:

    It has to be Cumin

  187. Steph Jones says:


  188. Tim Bain says:

    Ginger. So versatile.

  189. James Holyland says:


  190. @Morrighani says:

    Love cumin – great for Mexican and for Indian – both awesome

  191. Veronica Therawati says:

    Ginger to cook Asian food

  192. Ruth Tesdale says:

    Cumin as it reminds of of times in the Middle East

  193. Faye Lester says:


  194. Natalie Henderson says:

    Cumin – it just smells of barbecue!! :)

  195. Aimee R says:

    smoked paprika, I love that spicy smokey flavour!

  196. star anise as its so special. its makes you feel so christmassy and adds a lovely flavour.


    Ginger, spiced in jam, lovely

  198. gemma foster says:

    basil…esp in tomato soup!

  199. clare davies says:

    cinnamon is my fav!

  200. Kim Howard says:

    Mine is Paprika. I love the warmth that it brings to foods ^_^

  201. sherri louise fordham says:

    I love cinnamon, i sprinkle it on most things

  202. nettyx says:

    Mustard, i prefer mustard seeds but the powder is also great, especially in stews and macaroni cheese. Nom.

  203. Sarah Ballantyne says:

    Tumeric – we’ve discovered that our eldest will try any new food as long as we add a bit of yellow colouring first (no idea why!) and she adores yellow veggie rice so we use lots of tumeric.

  204. Amanda Rose says:

    Rosemary for me – lovely on roasties and lamb

  205. Angela Glynn says:

    cinnamon – such a Christmas smell, great in gingerbread but also an essential in curries and moussaka. mmmmmm

  206. Sarah parker says:


  207. Justin says:


  208. Leanne Lunn says:


  209. annamarie riddiford says:

    Pepper, I put it in everything

  210. Gary Martindale says:


  211. denise s says:

    star anise , its pretty to look at and makes beef casserole very tasty.

  212. zoe goodwin says:

    Paprika — I love spicy food – my boyfriend puts this in everything – event baby lil is getting used to it x

  213. Joanne Blunt says:

    I love cinnamon. It’s so warming.

  214. Julie Taylor says:

    Fennel – mmm aniseedy. nom nom

  215. sarah robertson says:

    Maybe not strictly one spice but I love Chinese 5 Spices!

  216. Helen Smith says:

    Cinnamon, lovely and warming for winter

  217. Sue Robinson says:

    Paprika, I use it on whatever I can get away with ….and some things I can’t lol

  218. Charlotte Jones says:

    Has to be cinnamon – fab in baking and in cooking! :)

  219. Laura-Lee P says:

    black pepper for me!x

  220. Dawn F says:

    I love the smell of sage. It reminds me of Christmas.

  221. Caroline James says:

    I love to use ground cumin to make a spicy rice – it adds great flavour.

  222. Alison Bruce says:

    Ras El Hanout

  223. Madeleine Cundill says:

    I love cinnamon, it can be used in so many different ways from sweet to savory.

  224. Nicola M says:

    Black Cumin (Nigella)

  225. Sarah Hodge says:

    Cayenne Pepper, I love to spice up dishes with a bit of heat

  226. mike bolger says:

    Star Anise

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