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Guy Fawkes Casserole

Serves 4

A warming stew to fortify the family before going out to watch the fireworks; great with a baked potato


  • one and a half pounds (675g) stewing beef

  • 2 large carrots, sliced

  • 1 large onion, peeled and roughly chopped

  • 1 tsp. curry powder

  • 1 tsp. chilli powder

  • half an ounce (13g) plain flour

  • half an ounce (13g) dripping

  • salt and pepper

  • half a pint (250ml) beef stock

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Dice the beef into 1 inch cubes

  2. Melt the dripping in a saucepan and fry the onions and carrots for about 5 minutes

  3. Add the beef and brown it on all sides

  4. Gradually stir in the flour then add the chilli, curry, stock, salt and pepper

  5. Bring to the boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer gently for about 2 hours

  6. Serve with a baked potato


Bonfire Potato Dogs

Serves 4

A tasty bonfire snack or supper that can be made in minutes in the microwave


  • 4 medium baking potatoes

  • six and a half ounce (180g) can of hot dog sausages

  • 2 tsp. curry paste

  • 4 oz. (125g) button mushrooms

  • 1 oz. (25g) butter

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Scrub the potatoes and pierce with a fork

  2. Microwave on Full power for 18-20 minutes

  3. Wrap potatoes in foil while making filling

  4. Melt the butter in an oblong microwave bowl for about 30 seconds on Full power

  5. Stir in the mushrooms, cover and cook on Full for 2 minutes

  6. Stir in the curry paste and place the sausages into the mixture

  7. Cook for 2 minutes on Full power

  8. Cut open the baked potatoes and share the sausage and mushroom mixture between them



Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread has always been popular in the north of England. Children love these shapes.

Makes 16

  • Plain flour - 350g (12 oz)

  • Bicarbonate of soda - 1 tsp

  • Ground ginger - 2 tsp

  • Butter - 110g (4 oz), diced

  • Soft light brown sugar - 175g (6 oz)

  • Golden syrup - 4 tbsp

  • Egg - 1, beaten

  • Currants - to decorate


  1. Pre-heat oven to 190 C / 375 F / Gas 5.

  2. Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ginger into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs, then stir in the sugar. Beat the syrup into the egg, then stir into the flour mixture. Mix together to make a smooth dough.

  3. Knead the dough until smooth, then divide in half. Roll out, half at a time, on a floured surface until about 0.5 cm ( inch) thick.

  4. Using a gingerbread man cutter, cut out gingerbread men until all the dough has been used up, re-rolling and cutting the trimmings. Repeat with the second half of the dough. Place the gingerbread men on greased baking sheets and decorate with currants to represent eyes and buttons.

  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Leave on the baking sheets to cool slightly, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


Bonfire Fried Chicken


Super sizzling fried chicken coated in breadcrumbs that tastes delicious with a baked potato and corn relish


  • 1 chicken

  • juice of one lemon

  • 1 tbsp. chopped parsley

  • salt and pepper

  • 1 egg

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 tsp. oil

  • 1 tsp. paprika

  • 1 tsp. water

  • oil for frying

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Wipe the chicken and cut into joints

  2. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley and lemon juice

  3. Leave to marinade for at least 2 hours, turning the joints occasionally

  4. Beat together the egg, oil and water and brush the chicken pieces

  5. Coat the joints with breadcrumbs then stand for 15-20 minutes

  6. Heat the oil to smoking point and cook the chicken joints fro 15 minutes, turning from time to time

  7. If you prefer your chicken joints really well done, heat in a moderate oven for a further 10 minutes

Spiced Guy Fawkes Night Punch

Makes approximately 18 glasses

  • 2 bottles inexpensive red wine (approx. 1.2 ltrs / 2 pts)

  • 1 bottle medium dry cider (approx. 20 fl oz / 1 pt)

  • - 1 carton unsweetened apple juice

  • 2 - 3 spice bags for mulled wine

  • 10 cloves

  • The juice and finely pared zest of 2 - 3 oranges

  • 3 Coxs Pippin apples, cored and sliced

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 280g / 10oz Whitworths golden granulated sugar, or sweeten to taste


Add all the ingredients to a large pan and bring the liquid to boiling point. Reduce to a gentle simmer and leave for 20 minutes. Add fresh slices of apple and orange. Serve hot.

Tip: Use decorative biscuit cutters to cut the orange skin into stars and moons to float on top of the punch.



You will need:

  • 1 lb sugar,

  • preferably Demerara

  • 1/3 pint water

  • 1 ozs butter

  • 2 level tablespoons golden syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

1. Put all the ingredients into a strong saucepan and stir over a steady heat until the sugar has dissolved.

2. Bring to the boil and cook until the mixture reaches the 'hard crack' stage, 290 degrees F. To test for the hard crack stage drop about half a teaspoon of the mixture into a cup of cold water, if it is hard then it is done, if still soft and chewy cook for a little longer and test again.

3. Pour into oiled or buttered tin and either allow to set as a slab or mark in squared as toffee becomes partially set. Break when completely set.

Variations 1 Use black treacle instead of golden syrup 2 Add peanuts or chopped mixed nuts.

Lancashire Parkin

  • 1 1/2 lb oatmeal

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger 8 oz brown sugar

  • 8 oz butter 1 lb treacle

  • 1 teaspoonful allspice

Mix the dry ingredients . Heat treacle and butter; add to the dry mixture and leave to stand overnight. Place in a well-greased shallow baking tin and bake in a moderate oven for about 2 hours. It is done when the parkin springs back when touched.

Yorkshire Parkin

  • 8 ozs self raising flour

  • 4 oz butter 8 ozs oatmeal

  • 1 teaspoonful ground ginger 8 oz treacle

  • 2 teaspoonfuls bicarbonate of soda

  • 4 oz sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 gill milk Pinch of salt

Rub the butter into the sieved flour, then add the rest of the dry ingredients, the treacle, milk and beaten egg. Mix well together. Put the mixture in a prepared shallow tin and cook in a slow oven for about 2 hours. When cool , cut into squares.



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