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09 March 2016

Piccalilli is an English interpretation of an Indian relish traditionally made with chopped pickled vegetables and spices. Gary Foakes Executive Chef at Regent's Conferences & Events shares his recipe for delicious summer picnic piccalilli. Serve with raised pies, ham or strong cheeses.


450g/1lb each pickling onions, peeled, cauliflower florets and de-seeded cucumber and topped and tailed French beans
340g/12oz coarse rock salt
750ml/1¼ pint white malt vinegar
1 tbsp each English mustard powder, ground ginger and ground turmeric
1 tbsp whole yellow mustard seeds
2 cloves garlic, chopped
175g/6oz light muscovado sugar
2-3 tbsp cornflour

Put the vegetables into a non-metallic bowl. Sprinkle the salt over the top, toss together, cover and leave in a cool place for 12 hours.

The next day put the vinegar into a large saucepan or preserving pan, add the spices and bring to the boil.

Drain the vegetables and rinse well under running water for 3-5 minutes. Add to the simmering vinegar, cook over a low heat for 20-25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add the sugar and continue to simmer for a further 1-2 minutes.

Mix 2 tbsp of cornflour with a little water and blend into the hot vegetables. Bring back to the boil and cook for a further minute, the mixture should be glossy and thick. Add the remaining cornflour in the same way if necessary.

Remove the piccalilli from the heat and leave to cool for 15 minutes. Spoon into the hot jars and cover with a disc of wax paper and a screw top lid, wipe the jars and label. Store in a cool dark place for 3-4 weeks before eating.

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