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Sunday, 10 October 2010

Piccalilli

 Well  here's the recipe if you want to have a go as well

Ingredients:
1kg of washed peeled vegetables - select 5 or 6 choices from the following list:-

cauliflower or romanesco
cauliflower or green beans
cucumbers courgettes or green or yellow tomatoes
tomatillos carrots small silver skinned onions or shallots
peppers nasturtium seed pods
(I have chosen cauliflower, romanesco, green beans, marrow, carrrots, onions tomatoes)

50g fine salt
30g cornflour
10g ground turmeric
10g English mustard powder
15g yellow mustard seeds
1tsp crushed cumin seeds
1 tsp crushed coriander seeds
600ml cider vinegar
150g granulated sugar
50g honey
Method

Cut the vegetables into small even bite sized pieces then place into a large bowl or bucket and sprinkle with salt.  Combine and mix up everyting well.  Cover the container used with a tea towel and leave in a cold place for 24 hours then rinse the veg well with ice cold water and drain thoroughly.
Blend the cornflour turmeric and mustard powder mustard seeds cumin and coriander to a smooth paste with a little of the vinegar.  Put the rest of the vinegar into a saucepan with the sugar and the honey and bring to the boil. Pour a little of the hot vinegar over the blended spice paste and stir well and return to the pan. Bring gently to the boil.  Boil for 3 to 4 minutes only to allow the spices to release their flavours into the thickening sauce.

Remove the pan from the heat and carefully fold in the well drained vegetables into the hot spicy sauce. Pack into warm sterilised jars and seal immedietly with vinegar proof lids. Leave if you can for 4 to 6 weeks before opening.

Use within a year.

(You will probably find that the next time you make it you will at least make a double batch)

Enjoy


P.S. I had 8llbs of vegetables prepared in the end, but I did not use the full quota on spicing as we don't like things too spicy and I accordingly adjusted the seasoning to taste.  In all I made 17 jars of which there was one half jar which have allowed the OH to sample.  It has since gone  The rest is under lock and key although I have promised a jar to OH's sister.  Even I liked the taste and it does look very colourful

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