Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Remember, remember the 5th of November - Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder, treason and plot.
I can think of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent to blow up the King and Parliament.
Three score barrels of powder below to prove old England's overthrow.
By God's providence he was catch'd with a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

I love this time of year, from Halloween onwards, right up until the New Year.

After school we'll be making a Guy. When I was younger it was normal to make a Guy and then hit the streets, shouting 'Penny for the Guy!' We'd use the money to buy sparklers. Children don't seem to do it anymore, I suppose there is the health and safety issue. We'd probably have to do a risk assessment and submit the paperwork to the local council. Even trick or treaters were thin on the ground this year and last. Anyway, we'll be making a Guy and fleece the pockets of anybody who visits between now and Saturday when our village will be overrun with nigh on 20,000 people to watch the spectacular bonfire and fireworks.

We'll be making some cinder toffee, recipe here at the lovely Domestic Goddess in Training. You see, food bloggers are great for trying and testing recipes and telling us what worked and what didn't.

As I type some of our friends are making their annual pilgrimage to Lewes which must have arguably the biggest bonfire night event in England. There are various processions and effigies dragged through the streets which are then burned. It makes our village event seem tiny in comparison.
Typical bonfire night fodder in the Little Foodies household...

Chilli Cheesy Beans
2 tins of baked beans
2 handfuls of grated cheddar
1/2 - 1 teaspoon of mild chilli powder
Throw it all in a saucepan and warm until the cheese melts, stir well. YUMMY!

Sticky Sausages
Cocktail sausages oven cooked with honey and coarse grain mustard (mix honey and mustard with olive oil, coat the sausages). Medium heat oven for about half an hour. Check they're cooked through.

Bad Beans
2 tins of mixed beans (in water)
2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
4 tablesoons of water
1/2 teaspoon of mild chilli powder
1 tablespoon of honey
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
Drain the beans, add to a pan with everything else. Cook for about 15-20 mins.

Caramelised Onions with Garlic
Lots and lots of onions, peeled and finely sliced, Drizzle with olive oil and using your hands mix it all up to coat the onions in oil, throw in some cloves of garlic (skin on). Oven cook on a medium heat until sticky and caramelised.

Served with Tasty Tatties
Jacket Potatoes with lots of butter. (For the best crispy skin I like to cook them in the oven from scratch if I've remembered in time).

and for my health freak children who always have to have something raw and fresh as a side on their plates - big bowls of tomatoes, carrots, cucumber and peppers.

Last year we made a huge brownie star. This year I'd like to make another brownie. It could become a bonfire brownie tradition but I think I'll play around with some recipes first as Nigella's needed three times the cooking she suggested. It was very tasty though!

That's it! Have a great bonfire night if you celebrate.

p.s. Big thank you to our lovely friends S & J who gave us a load of dry, seasoned logs - Thank you - we love you! The gift of warmth is a hard one to beat!


Jules said...

Have a great bonfire night. I love the sound of all the food your eating tonight. I hope the cinder toffee works as well for you as it does for me.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Sounds like great fun Amanda. We had probably 800 tricker treaters this year.
So happy comments are working for you on my blog. Hope next time you remember what you wanted to say ;0))!! That was funny!

Cheryl A said...

Enjoy the day - and all the beans! It's been awhile since we went to a bonfire here. I should send you my brownie recipe. Always good.

ChichaJo said...

This sounds like a lovely celebration...although I have heard of it before we don't really celebrate it here. But I'd love anything with fireworks! :)

Marie said...

Loving all your bonfire delights and of course the pics of the little foodies enjoying their bonfire sparklies!!!

Sylvie said...

I hope you had a woderful bonfire night. I'm not going to a bonfire until tomorrow and I think I'll make some parkin for it! Nip on over to my blog, there is an award there for you!

Kelly-Jane said...

Lovely bonfire night food, and great sparkler as well. We are off to see the fireworks tonight hopefully.

Gemma said...

Hope you had a wonderful bonfire night. It was one of my favourite days when I was little and our Sussex village had a wonderful bonfire.

I've tagged you in a meme which I think you will like at

Gemma x

Pig in the Kitchen said...

I am agraid I am unable to comment on this post. I am too busy wallowing in the bitter sea of inferiority.

altho i will just raise my chin above the surface to say, respec', you are bonfire-celebrating-bad-ass-cooking Uber Mum.

I shall have to go now.

Elle said...

Hope your bonfire night was spectacular! Sounds like fun, except for toooo many people. Love your warm and comfort food style dishes for that night. The brownie star is beautiful,too.


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