If you haven’t done it already, it’s time to dig out the hat, scarf and gloves and wrap up warm because it’s Bonfire Night!
Whether you’re off to watch some fireworks, or you’re hosting your own bonfire party, you’re going to need to eat well before you head out into the cold.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite recipes, to warm you up this Bonfire Night.
When it comes to hearty, warming dishes, you really can’t beat a good old chilli con carne. The great thing about chilli is that it’s easy to prepare beforehand and reheat, so it’s ideal when you want to make something ahead to serve to guests. I actually tend to think it tastes better when it’s been made earlier and left to sit, allowing the flavours to infuse and intensify.
This classic recipe from BBC Good Food is a great place to start.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try playing around with the recipe a bit. Stir in a couple of squares of dark chocolate, or a splash of dark beer, to really add depth to the flavour.
Keralan Aubergine Curry
If you’re looking for something a little different to really *wow* your guests with, why not try Jack Monroe’s Keralan Aubergine Curry. This dish is tasty, filling and won’t put too much of a dint in your wallet if you’re cooking for a group. Similarly to the chilli, this dish will still taste great if you prepare it ahead of time ready to reheat and serve.
For afters… Bonfire Toffee
No taste reminds me quite so much of Bonfire Night as the rich, deep flavour of bonfire toffee. Bonfire toffee is traditionally enjoyed around the fire on Bonfire Night and late into the autumn and winter months. This hard toffee usually contains brown sugar, black treacle and golden syrup to give it its signature flavour. It’s the perfect treat to fill little pockets with and take out to watch the fireworks! Lisa’s recipe from her blog Sweet2EatBaking will give you a lovely batch of this tasty treat to enjoy with friends and family.
And what better to wash it all down with than a mug of hot cocoa. (You could even add a splash of liquor if you really want to get warmed up!)