With Melbourne Cup nearly upon us, you're probably starting to think about hosting parties and what food to serve your guests. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and an ideal party food ingredient.
Crack the hard boiled eggs lightly on a hard surface or hitting gently with a teaspoon.
Place star anise into a mortar and break into rough pieces with a pestle.
Place eggs, star anise, salt, soy sauce and tea leaves into a pot and cover with cold water.
Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about two hours, topping up water to keep the eggs submerged.
Leave the eggs to cool in the cooking liquid, place into the refrigerator for twelve hours for the flavour to truly penetrate.
When the eggs are peeled they have a very attractive marble effect and are a tasty snack or addition to any picnic or barbecue.