We bought a packet of "Mixed Spice" at a Mideastern grocery store a few weeks ago, and then realized we didn't know what to do with it, so we made this tonight. "Mixed Spice" is similar to Allspice in flavor, so I think it would be safe to substitute Allspice for the Mixed Spice. My beloved shrugged when I asked him if he'd like me to make it again, which I take as a "no", but I would make it again for myself. I'll probably keep tweaking the recipe too. This dish has a mild Mideastern, savory flavor. It's a little bland looking - very tan - and I think adding some cooked, mixed sweetish vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, etc.) would add some pizazz to it's look.