Like bubbly and Auld Lang Syne, fireworks are synonymous with New Year’s Eve. However, it’s a night to which many people don’t look forward. Lots of pets get very distressed at the loud bangs & explosions. Not to mention, the parents trying to get their young children to sleep!
There’s such a thing as quiet fireworks that fizz, spark and cascade with pretty colours – they just do so quietly! If you’re planning on having a few friends around on the 31st and letting off a few firecrackers outdoors, your neighbours will thank you for choosing any of the selections above.
- Orion selection box: £7.56, Epic Fireworks
- Spellbound selection box: £14.99, Jordans Fireworks
- Champagne Rain – 61-shot barrage: £87.99, Fantastic Fireworks
It’s a busy week for celebration – Halloween has just departed and in three days time it will be Bonfire Night. These autumnal feasts are exciting & atmospheric… and feature all kinds of distinctive food, drink, decorations, costumes, fire crackers and sparklers. Outdoor fun for kids – big & small.
Remember, remember the 5th of November – here’s our Etsy selection!
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Plot toffee otherwise known as bonfire toffee is a traditional Yorkshire sweet eaten in the autumn around Halloween and – you guessed it – Bonfire Night!
It’s called Plot toffee after the Gunpowder Plot. It’s referred to by different names in different parts of the country; loshin du or taffi triog (Wales), Tom Trot (Yorkshire), claggum, clag or clack (Scotland).
Some recipes include a little milk and malt vinegar like this one I’m using from A Yorkshire Cookbook by Mary Hanson Moore. Others I’ve come across include ginger, cayenne pepper and even chilli powder.
- 225g Demerara sugar
- 55g black treacle
- 55g butter
- 2tsp water
- 2tsp milk
- 2tsp malt vinegar
- Bring all the ingredients except the vinegar to the boil stirring constantly
- Boil gently for 15-20 minutes, still stirring, until the mixture becomes brittle when a small piece is dropped into cold water. Even better, if you have a jam thermometer the temperature needs to reach the hard crack stage of 149-154°C / 300-310°F
- Stir in the vinegar and then pour into a well-greased tin
- When nearly set, you can score it deeply into squares. Alternatively, allow to cool and give it a bash with a toffee hammer
- Store in an airtight jar or container