Remember, remember

“Remember, remember the fifth of November,

Gunpowder treason and plot.”


Bonfire night is about as British as they come.  Year on year since 1605 people construct effigies of Guy Fawkes and burn him at the stake.

I find bonfire night the most magical of the year, the smells, the sounds and the food.  I remember as a child we would build a life-size Guy and host bonfire night for friends, running around the garden with sparklers as dad lit the fireworks.  Since then I’ve been treated with incredible displays at both school and uni and have more recently been taking advantage of the amazing fireworks put on by Leeds City Council.

Friday night, wrapped up warm and with the lovely Lowri visiting from Wales we started the evening with some warming mulled cider and pork and apple burgers.  Then, along with what felt like the entire Leeds population, we set off to Roundhay Park.

Mulled cider recipe:

  • Cloudy apple cider
  • Apple studded with cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Nutmeg

Naturally I messed up the recipe a little and accidentally added yellow food colouring instead of vanilla but it still tasted great!  Of course you could always use an orange studded with cloves but I much prefer mine with apple.

After the display we walked back to mine before hitting the town.  We had such a fun night, one of those that escalated quickly… involving magic tricks, salsa dancing and listening to acoustic guitar sets on youtube until 6.30am.  Just your standard night really.

By the time we woke, it was mid afternoon and we were facing a dilemma of where would still be serving breakfast.  Luckily, one of my favorite places, Seven in Chapel Allerton serves brunch until four and that meant we still had 10mins to get our orders in.  Lowri got the classic Eggs Benedict, where as I was feeling slightly more fragile and opted for a sausage sandwich, such a good call!

We whiled away the rest of the afternoon over coffee and tiffin… I always feel it’s the perfect place to kill time and watch the world go by.

In the evening we picked our friend up, drove halfway round the city as I kept getting distracted and forgot where I was going, before deciding we fancied a takeaway.  Stacked up with domino’s we headed back to mine for a night in, needless to say, sans alcohol.

Happy bonfire night x


Pork and apple burgers: