All posts tagged: bonfire night

Gunpowder, Treason and Parkin

Happy 5th of November to you, my friends! I’d love to wish you a happy Bonfire Night, but I plan for this post to reach you early in the morning, and it doesn’t feel right to be talking about the night time just yet, does it? I love Bonfire Night – much more than Halloween. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that to me, it feels very British. Setting fire to things and making lots of noise in honour of a murder attempt on the House of Lords, or something like that. It just feels very us. We’re here on my corner of the Internet together today because Taylors Tea invited me to spice up a classic Bonfire Night recipe in honour of their Spiced Apple tea – which, as I’m sure you can imagine, is very appropriate for this time of year. Parkin is the first thing that sprung to mind, because I looked into it a lot last year whilst planning my Bonfire Night content and never got around …

Gingerbread Fireworks

Happy Bonfire Night! This is one of my favourite British celebrations on the calendar; foggy misty gunpowder residue and smoke lingering in the air, bonfires and fireworks and sparklers whizzing and banging and crackling, it’s all so exciting! If you have time to do a spot of baking before you wrap up warm and set off to a firework display, this gingerbread recipe should almost certainly be top of the list. This recipe is originally from the BBC and altered ever so slightly for a darker result. Tonight I’ll be trudging up the top of a hill somewhere to look at the sky over Brighton and do some ooh-ing and aah-ing. Stay safe and have fun everyone! 350g plain flour 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 tsps ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon 125g butter 175g dark muscovado sugar 1 egg 2 tbsps golden syrup 2 tbsps black treacle 200g fondant writing icing (glittery if you can find it!) Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Rub in the butter …

Bonfire Melt

Bonfire night is kind of a big deal in the UK, across the country we stand in muddy fields to give ourselves neck injuries staring in awe at firework displays, build bonfires and spell our names with sparklers. The most famous (as far as I’m concerned) bonfire night celebrations take place in Lewes every year, so if you’re in the Sussex neck of the woods on the 5th November then you should definitely check that out. There are tons of bonfire night recipes out there, some are partial to toad in the hole, others go for a warming root vegetable soup; but I think the entire nation being enveloped in a cloud of gunpowder calls for a special kind of sandwich. This panini encompasses all the best things that are smoked and/or smoky: cheese, bacon and BBQ sauce. It’s the perfect comforting carb meal to wolf down while you’re ooh-ing and ahh-ing at next door’s catherine wheels. Serves 2 2 paninis 100g smoked cheddar, sliced finely or grated 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, cut into …