5 Nov 2012

Happy Guy Fawkes' Night.


I am under the impression that this celebration is not on the radar outside of the UK, if this is really the case might I suggest you give it a go?
I am not fully certain whether Guy Fawkes is one of the 'baddies' or a mistreated hero.  I mean, he did try and blow up Parliament (bad) but he believed he was doing this for the good of the people and to oppose corruption (good).  I am easily swayed and as he is rendered an icon of liberation in the world of V for Vendetta, this is what I choose to believe.

Either way we sang;
Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot.
and enjoyed the fireworks.

firework montage

Our friends made us spicy parsnip soup and buttered rum to keep us warm as the fireworks rained down.

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A few words from Joe on this subject:

Hello Everyone.
I (Joe) have returned to Jai’s blog by popular demand (or at least Jai's demand) once again.
So, as the fireworks rained down (to use Jai’s metaphor) so did the rain. In an attempt to stave off hypothermia and frost bite, we prepared a hot “liquid dinner” to be eaten in the park whilst we oooh-ed and aaah-ed at the diaphragm trembling booms and fleeting bursts of colour.
I wanted to share with you all some of the essential components of a “liquid dinner” (which I hastily add contains much less alcohol than the name implies) in the hope that you can all enjoy the fireworks without losing digits.
Firstly; tummy’s must be filled with warming food. The tradition within our friendship group is a  Spicy Parsnip Soup with crusty white bread rolls. This thick and fairly sweet soup has just enough chilli to add a bit of warmth to your outdoor winter events and enough earthy flavours to drag your mind away from the rain - exactly what's needed when watching fireworks.
However alone this is not enough and this is a celebration right? So without further ado I introduce “Joe B’s Buttered Rum Recipe”. Although undoubtably similar to other Buttered Rum recipes, this has (for the most part accidentally) been adapted by yours truly to give that winter kick you really need. 

Joe B’s Buttered Rum – Serves 4
500ml Dark Rum (Morgan Spiced is a personal fave here)
350ml Apple Juice
1 knob of butter (roughly 50g)
6 TBSP of Maple Syrup
4 TSP of All Spice
Simply slosh it all in a pan and heat gently until the butter melts. Keep stirring slowly to ensure the butter mixes in. Word of warning – don’t boil or the butter will curdle! UGH!  And, when serving, shake well before pouring into mugs.

Happy bonfire night all and good luck (and I would definitely suggest eating the soup first, you might not want this on an empty stomach)!



  1. Holy crap!! I can't BELIEVE how stunning these pictures are!!! Like I looked at them, open mouthed for a good five minutes. INCREDIBLE!

    1. Awwh - Thanks so much!! You've made my evening! x