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Bonfire night recipesHot on the heels of Halloween is Bonfire night (forgive the pun) - an event that can’t be accused of being foisted on us by our American cousins. Bonfire night is all ours!

It can be a great evening and for many of us represents the true start of winter and the (possibly unwelcome) slow descent into Christmas.

Like all celebratory events if you happen to be the one tasked with feeding everyone you can easily miss all the fun and/or hospital visits - so with this in mind we’ve been out researching some practical, time-saving bonfire night food ideas.

It’s a Bonfire - Use it for cooking!

If your bonfire isn’t too big (unlike some of those on our list of Norfolk’s best Bonfires - some of which are huge!) why not get primal and actually cook something on it?

The most obvious thing would be Baked Potatoes - they should be really easy, but according to this website there’s a bit of a knack to it:

“You would think that cooking a baked potato on the campfire is easy: Just stick it on and let the potato warm up.

Unfortunately, that’s not going to work. You’ll end up with a burnt but uncooked potato.

The secret is not to put the potato directly into the fire.”

There’s a whole page on cooking potatoes and sweet potatoes on a fire that tells you how to avoid the pitfalls and common mistakes.

Don’t just limit yourself to the humble potato

there are loads of other exciting foods that you can make and cook on a bonfire - widening the net a bit we found a web page all about campfire cooking (and what’s a bonfire if it’s not a slightly disorganised campfire?)

Their Bannock recipe sounds brilliant:

“Simple to make, four basic ingredients, one bowl to wash. This kids' favorite is tasty, nutritious and fun to cook on a stick over the campfire.”

It’s a sort of dough that you drape over a stick and hold over the fire much like you would toasting marshmallows - it looks great and I bet kids love it!

The Pocket One-ders described a bit further down the page are a bit more involved, but they sound delicious.  They are tin-foil pockets filled with vegetables and liquid (they suggest beer) which slow cook in the embers.  I expect it goes well with Bannock.

The great thing about most of these bonfire / campfire recipes is that all the work is “front loaded” - you can get it all done ahead of time, then sit back and enjoy your evening whilst they cook away!

Other bonfire night Recipes (That don’t involve the Bonfire)

In the interests of hedging your bets you might not want to rely on the bonfire to provide all your cooking - there is a lot of margin of error cooking with real fire!

So what other warming foods could you serve up?

There are plenty of Bonfire night recipe suggestions out there on the net - sweet recipes like toffee, Parkin and flapjacks come up quite alot, but I’m not sure they’re going to keep anyone going for very long on a cold November night.

A far more suitable food for the occasion, in my opinion, is a really good stew or casserole.

It sticks to the principle of slow cooking - which is important at an event with no set meal time, you need something which can just bubble away - it is delicious, warming and will not necessarily be too expensive to make a large quantity.

For this sort of wholesome fare Jamie Oliver is usually a fairly safe bet - his kale and sausage stew sound fantastic and is probably a good way of getting finikety children to eat kale, a really healthy vegetable!

Or you could go for a vegetarian option like this Chick pea curry which I expect can sit simmering away all night and be none the worse for it.

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By Alastair Baker at 2 Nov 2016, 00:00 AM