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Submitted by Frances 11 June 2009

Recipe from book called The Best Kept Secrets of the WI. Ideal with cold cuts of meat, cheese and if you're my family, any odd thing you fancy it with - our favourite is with a roast chicken dinner or baked beans. If you play with the ingredients, you can get develop a taste that suits you best.



1 Large Cauliflower,1 lb of pickling onions (I used lb of chopped white onion),2 1/2 pints of white malt vinegar (keeping back the 1/2 pint),2 lbs of mixed vegetables chopped to desired size:,Choose from - French or runner beans cucumber marrow green tomatoes white cabbage gherkins celery green peppers courgette.,2 fat cloves of garlic,1 lb of sugar - says caster but granulated is fine,2 oz Mustard powder (Colmans),4 oz Plain Flour,1 oz Ground Tumeric,1 teaspoon of Ground Coriander,2 teaspoons salt.,


In a very large pan, simmer the cauliflower and onion in 2 pints of the vinegar (use white vinegar as keeps the Piccalilli a nice bright yellow), for 10 mins.
Add the sugar, vegetables and garlic and cook for a further 10 mins.
In a separate bowl/jug mix the mustard, flour, spices and salt, with the remaining vinegar - this will form a paste.
Scrape the mustard paste into the preserving pan with all the vegetables - but be careful to stir quickly to prevent lumps.
Simmer for a further 10 mins, stirring continuously.
ladle into sterilised jars and mature for at least 2 weeks, or as long as you can stand.

I tried a jar of this after 1 year and was even better after a good maturing period.

You can play with this recipe: I have developed a tangy recipe by:
swap the vinegar with Pickling Vinegar
using less sugar - 6 oz
1/4 oz of Ground Ginger
and some crushed dried chillies or chopped fresh chillies.

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