Ginger: Add Some Spice to Bonfire Night
Long before Guy Fawkes dreamed up his gunpowder plot, bonfires have been used to mark the transition from the abundance of the harvest and the start of the lean months of winter. A symbol of the move from the light to the dark half of the year.
Communities gathered to share stories, sing songs and celebrate their resilience for the season ahead, and act as a beacon of hope for the warmer days to return again.November 5th, the crisp air filled with woodsmoke and the crackling of bonfires offers a much needed celebration before the long dark nights take over.
Bonfires mark the transition to the 'dark' half of the year
Food is an integral part of any Bonfire Night celebration, so gather family and friends to share crowd pleasing plates. Traditional recipes like hot dogs and toffee apples are sure to delight the younger members of the family, but we think ginger is the perfect spice for a chilly November evening.
Its warm earthy flavour pairs beautifully with beef for a spicy one pot, like this Beef and Sweet Potato Curry; or savoury Peppered Beef and Squash stew. Additionally, a dash of ginger can elevate sweet treats, like cakes and biscuits.
We know that food always tastes more delicious when eaten outside, so we have two tasty ginger recipes for you to try. Just add cold night air, a pair of mittens and the warm glow of firelight.This family friendly recipe is a rich and sticky ginger cake robust enough to withstand outdoor eating. Originating from Yorkshire, this traditional cake has a slightly denser consistency and is delightfully chewy due to the addition of oats. It is great eaten fresh but, if you can resist temptation, it will become stickier and more delicious the longer it is left in the cake tin. Make it a week ahead for the perfect parkin.
Ginger Apple Kick
Ginger Apple Kick: If you prefer to keep things alcohol-free, we've got the perfect ginger-infused drink to try. Combining organic ginger liqueur, organic apple juice and a shot of organic apple cider vinegar for a fiery kick, this drink not only tastes good but does good too.
Enhance your celebrations with a touch of ginger and happy Bonfire Night from our organic kitchen to yours!