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Kikka Turnips and Kikka Carrots

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Ingredients (Serves 4)
*10 small turnips
*2 carrots
*1 red chili pepper (chopped)
*1 cup / 200ml mirin sweet cooking sake
*3 tbsp sugar
*2 tsp salt
*1 cup / 200ml vinegar

1 Chop off the stems of turnips and peel them.

2 Cut the carrot into 2-3cm thick round pieces and peel them.

3 Place the turnip root side up and make several incisions lengthwise and crosswise, in a lattice pattern, down to about 2/3 their depth.

4 Make several incisions on the carrot in the same way as the turnip.

5 Make the sweet vinegar. Put the mirin in a small pan and turn the heat on. When it comes to a boil, simmer on low heat for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and while it's hot, add the sugar, salt and vinegar, and mix.

6 Put the turnips and carrots into a plastic preserving bag.

7 Add the sweet vinegar and some chili pepper. Chill for 2 to 3 hours.

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