The clocks may have gone back last month, but we all know the milestone that truly marks the beginning of winter is Bonfire Night.
5 November, when the British like to flex their sense of humour by celebrating the foiling of the Gunpowder plot (to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate the Protestant King James I) by setting off fireworks, throwing figures of the Catholic perpetrator Guy Fawkes on bonfires, and eating delicious food.
Naturally it’s the latter that really interests us, so we’ve put together our list of the ultimate tasty Bonfire party staples to make your night go with a real bang…
It’s literally pumpkin season, so take advantage of this year’s crop by indulging in some tasty, warming soup. Biona Spiced Pumpkin Soup contains turmeric and nutmeg – perfect for chilly winter nights. As well as being organic, it’s also vegan, dairy, nut and gluten free and contains no palm oil – a real crowd pleaser.
If spice is what tickles your taste buds, you’ll want to incorporate these Morrisons Fiery Chilli Sausages into your Bonfire Night menu. Made with the best British pork, the real selling point here is the heat – these bangers are seasoned with 3 of the world’s hottest chillies, Naga Ghost, Trinidad Scorpion and Carolina Reaper. Though not for the faint hearted, paired with freshly baked crusty rolls, they make for seriously mouth-watering hot dogs.
Fire Baked Potatoes
You can’t beat a baked potato wrapped in foil for Bonfire Night atmosphere, but that little silver blanket will also leave it soft and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. Potato perfection…once you add a topping, and these sauces from Rubies in The Rubble’s – are the thinking foodie’s choice. Spicy Tomato, Chilli Onion Relish and our favourite, Chilli Mayo made with aquafaba, an ideal dairy substitute for those with allergies and vegans.
In some parts of Northern England it simply wouldn’t be Bonfire Night without traditional Yorkshire Parkin Cake. The first records of Parkin were discovered back in 1728, when one Anne Whittaker was accused of stealing oatmeal to make it (desperate times call for desperate measures) but since then it’s been sweetened and spiced to suit our 21st century tastebuds. Lottie Shaw’s Parkin Cake comes form a 100-year-old family recipe and is worth a try.
“It simply wouldn’t be Bonfire Night without traditional Yorkshire Parkin Cake.”
Bonfire Night comes at the end of the apple harvest, which means the perfect excuse for gorging on toffee apples – but if you’re trying to be that little bit healthier, why not skip the sugar and try this syrup from The Skinny Food Co. Dairy, gluten, sugar and fat free, it’s practically guilt-free too, and safe for those with allergies. Our tip? Boil your apples for 2 minutes, then dry and push a wooden skewer into the stalk. Then simply dip and twist your apples in a pan filled with the heated syrup and cool on parchment paper before eating.
Hot chocolate and mulled wine… 2 sure-fire ways to get your guests in the festive spirit. And for the ultimate in hot chocolate decadence try these Vegan, Dairy & Gluten Free spoon stirrers with marshmallows by the Artisanal Vegan in your choice of hot milk. Prefer something a little boozier? Take your favourite red wine (Pinot Noir for us) and add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and half an orange to a pan and heat gently. It’ll smell like heaven.