Preparation info
  • Makes


    1 litre jars
    • Difficulty


Appears in
British Seasonal Food

By Mark Hix

Published 2008

  • About

Most shop-bought piccalilli tastes far from good - usually because there are too many ingredients that just don’t belong in the jar. Apart from the obvious things like hard cheeses and ham, piccalilli is great with potted ham, cold ox tongue, or even a hot pork pie.


  • 1 small cucumber (or ½ large one)
  • 1 small head of cauliflower
  • 1


Quarter the cucumber lengthways and scoop out the seeds, then cut into 1 cm pieces. Cut the cauliflower into florets, halve each one and place in a dish with the cucumber and onion. Sprinkle over the salt and leave to stand for 1 hour.

Wash the vegetables well in cold water to remove excess salt and drain well in a colander.

Meanwhile, combine the sugar, mustard, turmeric, chill