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Monday, 3 November 2014

Bonfires Night Treats: Savoury

Each year on November 5th here in the UK it's Bonfires night, or Guy Fawkes night. This is to commemorate that on the 5th of November, 1605 the House of Lords was not blow up by the explosives hidden under it by the members of the Gunpowder Plot. Guy Fawkes, a member, was arrested while guarding the explosives... hence the name.

That is pretty much all I know about the story. I look forward to the night mainly because I love fire works! Each year we will go to a fireworks display and I always look forward to the food. Even though I make it all year round, chilli is always one of the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the 5th of November. Well, that and burgers and hot dogs. So I wanted to share my favourite treats for the occasion in a two part post, starting with the savoury which will be chilli and corn bread. Chilli is great especially if you are having a fireworks night party of your own, it can be made in a huge pan and people can help them self. The cornbread recipe is stolen from Mr Jamie Oliver and you can find it here. It is very tasty! The chilli is ours and is really easy.

Around 2 pounds of turkey mince (use beef or pork if you like)
2 large onions
2 peppers (I use red and green)
2 tins of plum or chopped tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
3 teaspoons of paprika
3 teaspoons of hot chilli powder
1 teaspoon crushed chillies
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander 
2 heaped tablespoons of tomato puree
3 oxo cubes
500ml beef stock
1 tin of kidney beans -drained 
salt and pepper to taste

*Cut up your onions any way you like, I change all the time, and start to fry them off in a little oil. When they are brown add your mince and fry until cooked through. 

* Crumble in your oxo cubes and mix in well until the mince is coated and then add your crushed garlic, tomato puree and all your spices. Cook them out for a couple of minutes but keep don't want them to burn.

*Then add in your drained kidney beans, peppers and tinned tomatoes. Give it a stir, pour in your stock and then add salt and pepper to taste. 

*Turn the heat low and let it simmer for about 30 minutes...that's it! 

Simple, it also tastes so much better after a night in the fridge. The corn bread is a great side to have with it, but it is just as good with baked potatoes or nacho chips. You can also alter the spices to your taste, if I was making it for myself it would be much hotter!

If your in the UK, do you like Bonfires night? Or do you know if it is celebrated anywhere else?


  1. Yes please! Thanks for the recipes, pinned and happening in this house over the winter.

  2. This looks so amazing! I’m drooling right now! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for stopping by and partying with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can pin and tweet your masterpieces! Lou Lou Girls


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