"Bonfire night" on November 5th. Loosely commemorates the failure of Guy Fawkes and others to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 (you see - Hitler wasn't the first
) Bonfires, with an effigy of Guy Fawkes and fireworks all round and goodies to eat including a yummy ginger, treacle and oatmeal cake called Parkin (originally a northern English cake, I think).
I'm a bit late in making my parkin - it really needs a fortnight to really mature and get nice and sticky. However, I will be looking out Mother's recipe and baking it this afternoon.
Treacle toffee, aka Bonfire toffee, is another speciality for Bonfire Night but I don't make it - I value my teeth and their fillings too much. "Bonfire toffee is a hard, brittle toffee associated with Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night in the United Kingdom. The toffee tastes very strongly of molasses, and cheap versions can be quite bitter
." Actually, it isn't associated with Hallowe'en over here. Until recently, hallowe'en wasn't much bothered with over here but now the stores and the food magazines have got on the bandwagon and it's taken off a bit