Runner Bean Piccalilli

Makes 3–4 × 450g jars Prep time: 60 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes

Runner beans, especially pickled, always remind me of traditional allotmenteers who always know best, and their ‘Dig for Victory’ spirit. This piccalilli is for them. I salute them and their growing commitment, in all their belligerence and stubbornness; stuck in their ways and certain in their rightness. Yes, they might be old curmudgeons who roll their eyes when you talk about biodynamic gardening methods, but boy, can they grow a runner bean.

Extracted from From The Veg Patch by Kathy Slack (Ebury Press, £25).
Photography by Kathy Slack.