Monday, November 5, 2012

Guy Fawkes Day - Have A Blast

Guy Fawkes, was ready to go in the early hours of November 5th, in the cellar of the parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder when guards suddenly stormed in. Guy Fawkes was caught, tortured and executed. November 5 is celebrated in Britain to commemorate the failure of Guy Fawkes and other terrorist conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.

Guy Fawkes Day is also known as Bonfire Night.
The event is commemorated every year with fireworks and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on a bonfire.

We aren't certain if Guy Fawkes Night is celebrated to honor the defeat Guy Fawkes or to celebrate the plot itself.

But as with most events and holidays, it's the food we are attracted to.

Let's start with baked potatoes smothered with butter and topped with your favorite cheese.
We love freshly cooked, crispy bacon stuffed in as well.

How about cream cheese blended with Dill, red onion minced, smoked salmon, crab meat and chives? It's great on anything!

Hot meat pies are another excellent choice, but we discovered a recipe that is just wonderful.
We don't know where this recipe came from, but whoever you are, we thank you, it's delicious.
Beans and Sausages are perfect for your bonfire and here's the recipe for bonfire beans.

Prep time is only 10 minutes, and it only takes 30 minutes to cook.

We love this dish over toast.

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
400g canned tomatoes, chopped or 400ml tomato passata (puréed tomatoes)
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp golden syrup or soft brown sugar
100ml water
800g canned white beans, eg, cannellini
2 tbsp fine-chopped parsley
sea salt and pepper
4 Viennese frankfurters
1 tsp black peppercorns, crushed (optional)


Combine the olive oil, garlic, tomatoes or tomato passata, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and sugar in a saucepan and cook gently for 10 minutes, stirring. Drain the beans and rinse well. Add the beans, water and parsley and cook for 10 minutes. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Heat the frankfurters in a pot of simmering (not boiling) water for 10 minutes, then drain. Cut each frankfurter in three and serve sticking into a deep bowl of beans, or slice the frankfurters into shorter “firecrackers” and mix lightly through the beans. Scatter with crushed black pepper if using, and serve.

"Remember, remember,
the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We see no reason why
Gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!"