Just when we thought we had every type of salt we might possibly need, we find another to add to our stash. We've always loved Maldon sea salt because the pyramid-shaped crystals have a light texture and delicate crunch when sprinkled over food just before it's served. Maldon smoked sea salt adds crunch and a delicate smoky undertone that doesn't overwhelm. It's HK$37.50 from City'super (IFC Mall, Central, tel: 2234 7128). We're not sure why these Lazzaroni Amaretti di Saronno biscuits show up on supermarket shelves only at Christmas - they're good year-round. Their bitter-almond flavour comes from the small kernels found in apricot pits. The crunchy biscuits are delicious on their own and when used as part of a dessert - the back of the packet suggests putting them in gelato and tiramisu but we've had great success finely crushing the biscuits and using them as a base for cheesecake. Made in Italy, they're HK$82.50 for a 250-gram bag from Great, Pacific Place, Admiralty (tel: 2918 9986). This is a clever idea: package in small containers each spice you'd need to make an Indian dish, sell them together and let a home cook blend them with fresh ingredients to make dishes such as jalfrezi, madras and rogan josh. Kitchen Guru ('hassle-free real Indian cooking') says the cook only needs to add chicken, capsicum, tomato, onion, fresh ginger, garlic, fresh coriander, oil and salt to the ground turmeric, red chilli, cumin, coriander, garam masala and whole cardamom and cloves in the packet to create chicken jalfrezi. Of course, the clever and economical cook might take note of the weight of the packaged spices, buy them separately from an Indian spice shop and then blend them on their own the next time. Kitchen Guru blends are HK$45 from City'super.