Friday, October 12, 2012

Homemade Piccalilly...

Before arriving in Ireland, I have never ever heard about something called Piccalilly... Well that's a shame, cos I've missed actually quite a lot! I've tried Piccalilly for the very first time only about a month ago. It wasn't made by me but bought on a local Farmer's Market. It was quite nice but... way too acidic for me. I liked the idea of Indian spices though and decided to make it myself. Turned out it's not difficult at all! Found a good recipe, the kind of a recipe you can trust when making something for the very first time - recipe taken from a great book "Preserves" by Pam Corbin in a River Cottage Handbook series. I've changed it slightly though, as I really don't like vinegar at all! So instead of making the pickle with vinegar only I've made it half vinegar half water - worked perfectly! That's the "acidic level" just right for me (if still not a little bit too strong... but I guess it's this pickle's particular taste).




"Piccalilli is a Western interpretation of Indian pickles, a relish of chopped pickled vegetables and spices; regional recipes vary considerably. (...) The Oxford English Dictionary traces the word to the middle of the 18th century when, in 1758, Hannah Glasse described how "to make Paco-Lilla, or India Pickle". The more familiar form of the word appears a decade later in a book for housekeepers in a section on how "to make Indian pickle, or Piccalillo". The spelling "piccalilli" can be seen in an advertisement in a 1799 edition of The Times." - by wikipedia.org


How to make it...