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Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot…

Happy Bonfire Night folks. Yes, it’s the time of year for us to celebrate the foiling of a plot to blow up Parliament. Despite having a degree in History, I have to admit to being slightly bemused why this event, of all of our country’s long and illustrious achievements over the years, is one which is widely commemorated. If you’ve no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to check out the lovely Wiki, which gives you lots of details and lovely pictures, but none quite so good as this one:

Gunpowder Plot

Anyway. It’s an excuse to eat toffee apples, dance round a bonfire, and wave a sparkler about (only in the approved Health & Safety stylee please, no injuries on my watch). And if you needed something warming to serve guests tonight whilst you singe a hole in a hedge or burn the lawn trying to set light to a damp bonfire, I’ve been having a look at the recipes on the Baking Mad site. I reckon several of their Halloween baking recipes, like these Halloween cupcakes, could be nicely adapted for this evening’s shenanigans. Replace the topper with a keg of gunpowder, or a miniature Guy Fawkes rather than a pumpkin or a witches’ hat, and ta-dah! I reckon you’ve got an instant crowd pleaser. Actually, several of the Halloween baking ideas lend themselves nicely to tonight’s festivities. And if you don’t fancy any of those, check out their seasonal autumn harvest bakes which will certainly warm the cockles if you’ve been standing out in the cold watching fireworks.

Don’t forget to pick up some mulled wine to serve alongside some warming food for the adults. Any excuse, says I. But please remember – keep pets indoors, and use fireworks responsibly. Never leave a bonfire unattended, and don’t let children play with matches or fireworks. Stay safe. I’ve personal experience of what happens when it all goes a bit wrong – and as a result can be found only at organised displays. If you are at all worried, check out the bonfire safety guidelines.

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