Remember, remember the fifth of November. It's almost time for Guy Fawkes night and cosying up with some fuss-free crowd-friendly meals, which can be cooked before or while you're watching the fireworks, is the perfect way to celebrate.
From heartwarming slow beef stew, which you could cook the night before then just reheat when you're ready, to a sumptuous pop-it-all-in-the-oven crumble that everyone can help themselves to. These Bonfire Night recipe ideas are sure to delight your tastebuds.
PAK CHOI MISO BROTH
Miso, chilli, ginger, tofu and mushrooms are combined to form a base for this warming broth. Everything is thrown into one pan so it couldn't be easier to put together - plus it looks fresh and inviting served in a bowl (or mug) with bright greens and reds from the pak choi and chilli.
Chilli con carne
On a frosty night, there's nothing we love more than tucking into a heart-warming chilli con carne, which is sure to warm you from the inside out. Our no-fuss dish is perfect for a cosy night in or out and it's packed full of flavour. Our take on the classic includes chorizo for an extra spicy kick and it can be on the table within 45 minutes.
Slow cooker beef stew
This slow-cooker stew is one to be made the night or day before. Slow cookers cost far less to run and can transform cheaper, tougher cuts of meat into melt-in-the-mouth meals. Simply set the slow cooker to low and put in the onion, carrots and swede, then add the beef on top. Add the herbs, tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce (if you're using), and cornflour to the stock. Mix, then pour over the beef. Next, cook for 7 - 10 hours. You could serve it with rice, potatoes or bread to lap up all the lovely juices.
If you haven't got a slow cooker you could always try making Miguel Barclay's Spanish stew, which takes just 25 minutes to perfect. This recipe serves one so you'll need to increase the number of ingredients if you're making for all the family and your friends, but it really couldn't be easier to make as it uses all everyday store cupboard ingredients. To make, brown your chorizo in a pan and then add some onion and water. Next, throw in some chickpeas, tomatoes and paprika, then season with pepper and simmer for 5 mins until the sauce thickens.
Tomato, chicken & sweetcorn soup
Make a big pot of this hearty tomato, chicken and sweetcorn soup and then dish out into individual mugs for sipping outside. We haven't blended our soup as we like it chunky, but if you've got little mouths to feed then whizz it in the blender for a couple of minutes for a smooth texture.
Cheese, leek and potato pie
You can't go wrong with a pie and this cheese, leek and potato offering is certainly no exception. Now, don't panic if you've never made a pie before because there's only five steps to follow with our recipe. Plus we've used our ready-made pastry so you won't need to make your own. Firstly, put the potatoes in a pan and cover with water then once cooked, toss with Elmlea and leave to cool. In a large pan, cook the leek and onion in the oil, add some garlic and thyme then set aside to cool. Next up add all the mixture together and place in a large dish and top with pastry.
The best thing about this biryani is that you can make it in one pan, which means no washing up! We haven't added meat to our dish, but you could always throw some in if you fancied. And, if you like things spicy, add extra chilli to this traditional dish of veg, rice and dried fruit.
Any warming, hearty and vegetarian meal that you can put into just one dish is a winner in our eyes. To make this inviting-looking dish, cook the carrots and leek over a low heat, covered, in 2 tbsp oil for 10 minutes then stir in the flour and water and heat until thickened. Then add in some veg - we've opted for courgettes, red pepper, herbs, lentils and butterbeans - but you could also include carrots, green beans and any other vegetables you have spare. After you've done this, arrange the potato slices on top and cover and cook for 20 minutes.
Comforting apple crumble
Soft fruit and a crunchy top help make this traditional autumnal crumble the perfect dessert to treat your guests to. The dish serves 12 and it will be ready to dig into in 50 minutes.