Fiery flavours for Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the 5th of November, gun powder, treason and plot!

Did you know that up until 1959 in England, it was considered illegal NOT to celebrate Bonfire Night!

Thankfully today, we’re not likely to be sent to the Tower if we don’t feel like venturing out in the cold, dark November night but many of us still love a good old traditional Bonfire Night celebration.

A lot of the larger organised firework displays no longer have bonfires at their events… too much of a health and safety hazard. Plus all the waiting around in the cold and queueing for somewhere to park, can get a bit monotonous.

So it’s understandable that a smaller, low key affair at home can be more attractive to some.

If like me this year, you intend to stay at home and invite the family over for some low maintenance, hearty food and a few sparklers, I’ll share with you some of the recipes I’ve found to try.

November is a great time to buy fresh British oysters in season, so this recipe from Jamie Oliver caught my eye to start things off.

Oysters with chilli, ginger and rice wine vinegar

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Followed by these tasty rolls recommended by Diana Henry, Cookery Journalist with the Telegraph. They can be made up in advance of your guests arriving.

Spiced chicken rolls with sweet-sour cucumber

Photograph credit: Haarlala Hamilton c/o The Telegraph

I love Diana’s no-nonsense approach to food.  Sharing her knowledge and tasty recipes that all of us can have a go at and not feel ashamed for not spending all day in the kitchen.

For further ideas read Diana’s recent article Recipes for a Bonfire Night Feast.

To keep the veggies happy and full, I’m going to stick with an old favourite.

Butternut squash and caramelised onion galette

Photograph credit: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

Photograph credit: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

A delicious rustic tart by Deb Perelman from her Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

Find the recipe by Deb and many other great Bonfire Night recipes here at House and Garden.

For a sumptuous sweet to finish off, these Toffee apple squares from BBC Good Food look devine. Although I think I’ll drop the ice cream and serve with a hot drink instead.  Try Mulled cider or Epic hot chocolate.   


Toffee apple squares

Photograph credit: BBC Good Food

I hope these recipes give you some food for thought for a relaxed Bonfire Night at home.

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Have a great night! 

As a reminder, you can now make your own hamper online with us. Enjoy!