Remember Remember

2 Nov

Remember, remember, the 5th of November
The Gunpowder Treason and plot;
I see of no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot

On 5th November, Great Britain remembers Guy Fawkes, an English soldier, who tried to blow up the Parliament and assassinate King James 1 of England, in 1605. This somber act is remembered yearly across the UK and we now celebrate the soldier’s failure and the resilience of Parliament by alighting the night’s sky with spectacular firework shows, accompanied by a huge bonfire usually complete with a Guy Fawkes Effigy on top.

In anticipation to the up and coming displays, we’ve been discussing what we (in the Purple Grape office) love most from Bonfire Night. Favourites are called out thick and fast: Rockets, Catherine Wheels, writing your name in sparklers, fair grounds, bobbing for apples, candy floss, toffee apples, hot dogs, hot potatoes wrapped in foil…(pretty soon our memories become food related)

Emily’s (Director of Purple Grape) birthday is on 4th November, so the 5th for her is always a fun packed day to celebrate her birthday, with lots of delicious foods to feast on (such as chilli jacket potatoes and marshmallows on sticks sizzling in the fire). When she was little it must have seemed that the whole country was celebrating with her!

Back in the kitchens and the chefs tell me that their memories of bonfire night range from huddling together to watch some fantastic displays, to putting the finishing touches to their firework inspired canapés. One of my favourites of these being a little crème brulée with a raspberry centre and exploding popping candy scattered over the top.

We’re all looking forward to going to the different displays across London – from Battersea Park to Cookham. We will all be donning our winter woolies, wrapping up warm and heading out to join the crowds  in their ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ whilst watching the fireworks explode like night-flowers uncurling in the sky. Then home to some winter spiced hot cider and espresso mugs of Cauliflower veloute with crispy Bhaji and curry oil to keep the crisp November chill at bay.

We’ll be taking some photos of the fireworks we go watch, sparklers we play with (safely of course!) as well as food that we are munching on – all to be posted on twitter. We’d love to see yours  – please tweet with #purplegrapefireworks