English Mustard Pickle (Piccalilli)

This is as English as pork pie and very difficult to buy commercially - I've never found a good bought version except in small delis and farm shops.

It's so good at Christmas with sausage rolls and cold cuts (and we love it with Brussels Bubble-and-Squeak!).

The Delia Online Cookery School: One of our most popular festive recipes is Etty’s Sausage Rolls. Just press the recipe image to watch how to make them.

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This recipe is from Delia's Happy Christmas. Makes three 350ml jars

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First place the cauliflower florets, onions and 475ml vinegar together in a large saucepan, add the nutmeg and allspice and bring to the boil.

Cover and simmer for 8 minutes.  Now, take the lid off and stir in the cucumber, beans sugar and garlic. Bring the mixture up to simmering point again and cook for a further 5 minutes uncovered.  The vegetables should still all be slightly crisp - so don't go away and forget them.

Now set a large colander over a large bowl and pour the contents of the saucepan into it and leave it all to drain (reserving the vinegar).  Then mix the mustard powder, turmeric and flour together in a bowl.  Gradually work in 2 additional tablespoons of vinegar and 1-2 tablespoons of water so that the mixture becomes a fairly loose paste.  Next add a ladleful of the hot vinegar drained from the vegetables, and transfer the blend to the saucepan.  Bring to the boil, whisking with a balloom whisk, and gradually adding the remaining hot vinegar.  Boil gently for 5 minutes, then transfer the vegetables from the colander to the large bowl, and pour over the sauce.  Stir well to mix, then spoon the piccalilli into warm sterilised jars (see below), with waxed discs and tight lids.  Keep for 2 months in a cool, dark place before eating.

Note:  To sterilise preserving jars, wash them in warm soapy water, rinse and dry, then pop them into a medium oven for 5 minutes.

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