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Friday, 4 November 2011

Remember, remember.......

Tomorrow is the 5th November.....logical, you say, today is the 4th. Yes, but the 5th November is a well installed tradition in Britain, here is a link to inform you
http://www.ictacchiventuri.it/english/guy/traditions.html
Basically, what happened some centuries ago, was that a gentleman named Guy Fawkes and some cronies tried to do what many people since then have tried to do... - or wanted to - Blow up the British Houses of Parliament, otherwise known as St. James's Palace.
He and his cronies were caught and "dealt with" but this is a Weblogspot about food and drink you say, what has this got to do with it....?
Well, this event and the subsequent execution of Guy Fawkes gave birth to various things strictly British, in the kitchen.
A link....?   http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/search?occasions[]=bonfire_night   -  Here you are, loads and loads of suggestions, most of which don't really have anything to do with Guy Fawkes, but represent more the frenetic energy invested to produce that British staple food - the Sausage....in all its forms. Basically a welcome break from the rigours of a damp and chilly British winter, this tradition has just about all the things you can make and eat outdoors (if the weather isn't typical) around an enormous bonfire.The perfect baked potato Baked potatoes - generally burnt because the bonfire is too big and too hot to approach and try to save your potatoes - sticky treacle pudding, difficult to eat with the fingers, and treacle toffee, difficult to eat with dentures....fudge - which just melts in the mouth, right onto the weighing scales.....roast chestnuts of course,Nutty toffee apples..and strange things called toffee apples - made to break your teeth and keep the Dentists gainfully employed until Christmas or later....
Generally the bonfires last a long time, and fireworks are sent up into the black sky, strangely enough, during my childhood, this was the one and only occasion in the year when one saw fireworks. New Years Eve did not really figure on the plan.
One of the strangest but also enjoyable dishes made in the British cookery repertoire is this.....Toad in the hole  It's called "toad in the Hole" - is known by almost every British Citizen, but can only be made by very few. Basically sausages placed in an oven proof dish, covered with a batter (also used for the infamous "Yorkshire Pudding" to accompany the sunday roast beef) and cooked in the oven. The origins of this dish, like it's name, are lost in time, all I can assume is that some Yorkshire lass must have been making it when a toad jumped in and not turning to a beautiful and rich Prince when she kissed it, the Yorkshire lass threw him, the toad, the sausages and everything else into the oven.
Try it - it's actually surprisingly tasty, and served just on its own, it is not stodgy or over filling. It's also relatively economic and simple enough to prepare.... Here's the recipe:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/toadinthehole_3354
Drinks on a Guy Fawkes night....? Basically anything - there are no particular "specials" - British drinks are preferred, like Cider, or that unbeleivably horrible brew they call Beer.
A cup of tea is also allowed, even if you're likely to be the only one drinking it!

Have a nice time......

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