Bonfire treats to try

In the November issue we suggest where to see firework displays, and here are some tasty ways to warm up again afterwards!

Fireworks exploding in the night sky

After the fireworks, how about some yummy food?

Spiced pumpkin soup

Fry 700g (11/2lb) diced pumpkin with 300g (101/2oz) diced potato, 1 chopped onion and 2 garlic cloves. Add 2 tsp cumin seeds and 1 tsp ground coriander, fry for a minute and then add 1 litre (13/4 pints) vegetable stock. Bring to the boil and simmer until tender. Mash or whizz then add a handful of torn coriander just before serving.

Chilli bean pot

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large saucepan. Add 2 sliced red onions, 2 roughly diced red peppers and 3 chopped garlic cloves. Cook for 10 minutes until tender. Add 2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp smoked paprika and a good sprinkling of crushed chilli. Cook for 2 minutes, add 2 cans tomatoes and 2 cans drained haricot beans. Bring to the boil and simmer until rich. Season and serve with jackets and mozzarella.

Welsh rarebit jacket potatoes

Make the jacket spuds beforehand then combine 250g (9oz) grated mature Cheddar with a good knob of butter, a splash of Worcestershire sauce, a spoonful of English mustard and 3 or 4 tablespoons of bitter or dry cider. Stir in a scant tablespoon of flour and flavour up with a pinch of cayenne pepper. Halve and fluff up the centre of your jackets, spoon over the rarebit mix and grill until golden and oozing.

Mulled wine

The perfect cold weather drink for adults – or try a non-alcoholic one for kids and anyone driving. There are pre-prepared bottles in the supermarkets, but why not make your own? Pour a bottle of red wine into a saucepan, add one orange (halved or sliced), 60g (2oz) Demerara sugar, a dried bayleaf, one cinnamon stick and a little grated nutmeg. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Taste and add more sugar if necessary. For a non-alcoholic version, use red grape juice or cranberry juice instead of wine.


Want to add a real kick? Off the heat, pour in 60ml (2fl oz) of sloe gin!

We’d love to know about your favourite Bonfire Night treats so why not share them with us on!

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