The evenings are drawing in, and Strictly Come Dancing is back on the TV, which can mean only one thing, Autumn is upon us. And Autumn means Bonfire Night, a British tradition dating back to 1605, which celebrates the failed attempt to kill King James 1.
We have asked our Head Chef Darren, for his advice on serving up a dish that will impress your friends and sustain you for an evening standing in the cold staring at the sky.
Traditionally sausages are the food of choice for Bonfire Night.
Allow two to three sausages per person.
We like Cumberland sausages but any will do.
We're going for low and slow method,
Pre heat the oven to 160.
Tip the sausages into a large baking tin, giving them plenty of room.
There's no need to prick them before hand.
And cook for 15 minutes.
Use your usual gravy granules from your cupboard,
Make up your gravy as normal.
Add sliced red onions,
Plus a good slug of red wine.
Pour your gravy mixture over the sausages
Cook for a further 15 minutes
Head Chef Darren recommends using Maris Piper potatoes.
Allow a potato as big as your fist per person.
Tip them into a pan of boiling water.
Cook until soft, about 20 minutes.
Leave the lid off the pan and allow the potatoes to stand for two to three minutes. This allows all the excess moisture to evaporate and should stop your mash from becoming 'gloopy' and reminding your guests of school dinners.
Now get a smaller pan and add
200g of butter,
200g of single cream,
pinch of salt,
shake of white pepper (black pepper shows up in mash potato causing fussy eaters to question your culinary skills)
Add a pinch of nutmeg to bring out the flavour of your potatoes.
Simmer all this gently until the butter melts.
Mash your potatoes and slowly pour in your butter and cream mixture as you mash.
Allow one per person.
Place them on a baking tray,
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
Place in the oven with the sausages for 15 minutes.
Simply use a 4 inch or 10 cm biscuit cutter to portion your mash,
Add a sausage and gravy to each portion and top with a cherry tomato.
Garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary.
Then wrap up snugly and head out to one of the many displays around London and enjoy the spectacular colours in the sky above you.
Below are listed some of London's Firework events.