Fresh ham joint (I used a 5 1/2 lb /2.5kg ham off the bone)
1 small handful of black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
1/2 in (1cm) piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
1 star anise
1 large handful of cloves
2 cloves of garlic, peeled, crushed and squashed
Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 orange
Scant 2/3 cup/7 1/2 oz/220g honey
Scant 1 3/4 cups/12oz/340g soft light brown sugar, solidly packed
1 red chili, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
1 tsp five-spice powder
Scant 1/2 cup/4fl oz/100ml soy sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
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