In time for Christmas every year Michelle makes piccalilli. Her family love it, my family love it and our friend Laura’s Dad stops Michelle is the street to ask when his jar will be ready! It is not certain where Piccalilli originates, it is said to be the English interpretation of Indian pickles, which I think sounds plausible given the ingredients and spicing. One thing for sure is it’s not Canadian, so I asked Michelle what started her making in the first place? Quite simply it was her husband Steve, a Yorkshireman who loves piccalilli but can’t stand shop bought – to this end I’m in total agreement with him as I find mass produced piccalilli often too sweet or artificial in taste.
Ideal over Christmas with cheese, ham and other cold cuts. Michelle also loves it with her traditional Christmas meat pie. Laura’s Dad happily eats it off a spoon and Michelle’s daughter Becca only eats the cauliflower. This recipe is not Michelle’s own but it is the one she goes to every year, it’s Pam’s piccalilli from the River Cottage website. This is not our own recipe, instead we are sharing this link with you in case you fancy giving it a try – it’s well worth it and just in time for Christmas.3