Today is the 5th November, known as Guy Fawkes Night, Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night here in the UK. For those of you outside the UK who may not have heard of it, every year we celebrate the thwarting of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament, which took place in 1605. Guy Fawkes was said to be the ringleader of the plot, and was caught red-handed guarding barrels of gunpowder in a cellar under the House of Lords. You can read a bit more about it here. I made a special lunch today to commemorate the day for Small Child.
In his lunch Small Child had a cheddar cheese and ham quesadilla, cut into slices up and decorated with a portrait of Guy Fawkes. On the side he had an edible bonfire, made from pretzel sticks and red, orange and yellow pepper ‘flames’. He also had a few fireworks, in the form of a clementine, with a little gold chocolate coin in the middle, and some frozen organic vanilla yoghurt stars.
Here’s a close up of the quesadilla. I painted Guy Fawkes on with black food colouring, roughly copying a famous portrait of him which has the Houses of Parliament in the background. I was in a bit of a rush, so it isn’t brilliant, but I think you can tell who it is supposed to be at least!
We went to a bonfire and fireworks display at the weekend, but we’ll be finishing off our Bonfire Night celebrations this evening with a traditional dinner of ‘bangers and mash’ (sausages and mashed potato), toffee apples and sparklers in the garden once it gets dark.