Bonfire night is a uniquely British celebration which commemorates the failure of the Gunpowder Plot in November 1605 by a group of Roman Catholic activists. Hell bent on assassinating Protestant King James I for his refusal to grant greater religious tolerance to Catholics, the Gunpowder plot conspirators planned to blow up the Palace of Westminster during the state opening of Parliament in order to kill the king and his ministers.
Smuggling enough explosives to obliterate an area 500m from Parliament, thankfully Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators were caught following a last minute check of the cellars before the state opening. Following the failed plot, Parliament declared November 5th a national day of thanksgiving, and the first celebration of it took place in 1606.Over 400 years later, we still celebrate it today.
If you’re planning a bonfire party, take a look below at our favourite inspiring recipes for Bonfire Night that we’ve saved to our pinterest board:
If like us you’re a little bored of seeing recipes for butternut squash soup, try this delicious looking Curried Cauliflower Soup instead. A good serving tip is to pre-heat mugs using boiled water and then serve the soup to your guests piping hot.
Super healthy, vegetarian and delicious, these Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes will go down an absolute storm. They are also perfect for making ahead and keep warm leaving you free to greet your guests.
This chilli con carne recipe by Jamie Oliver is absolutely perfect to serve to guests on Bonfire Night – serve with brown rice and a dollop of sour cream.
For something a little more traditional, this beef shin stew with dumplings wouldn’t need any side dishes – simply serve in pre-heated bowls and garnish with fresh herbs.
Taking toffee apples to the next level, these salted caramel apples are a great sweet option and help to use up apple gluts too. The recipe is simple and easy to follow too.
And lastly, a great way to use up the pumpkin seeds leftover from Halloween, this spiced pumpkin seed brittle is an original but simple recipe that your guests will love.
Enjoy Bonfire Night and if you’re planning a celebration, do take a look at this brilliant Bonfire night website which has lots of safety tips for bonfires, sparklers and fireworks.
Image credits: 1 – Curried Cauliflower Soup – Cookie & Kate, 2 – Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – Cooking Classy, 3 – Sausage Rolls – What Katie Ate, 4 – Chilli Con Carne – Jamie Oliver, 5 – Beef Shin Stew – Simply Delicious, 6 – Salted Caramel Apples – Butterfly Foodie, 7 – Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle – Honestly Yum.