Today, November 5th, is Guy Fawkes Night, which originated as a celebration of the failure of Mr Fawkes, a Catholic, to carry through to fruition his plan to assassinate the Protestant king of England with a cellar full of gunpowder, back in 1605.
Nowadays it’s an excuse to light bonfires and set off fireworks.
So what better for this night of fire than a meal to set the tastebuds alight?
Okay, so the veggie “ribs” weren’t actually that hot. They were pleasantly spicy, though.
I used this recipe for the ribs (which are made using “bean curd sticks”, which taste much better than they sound), using Levi Roots’ Reggae Reggae sauce for the barbecue sauce. Since the bottle is only 315g, I made up the difference to 500g [2 cups] using passata [tomato sauce]. Ribs made from bean curd stick turn out pleasantly chewy, with none of the nasty fatty/gristly bits you get with the “dead-animal-parts” type of ribs.
Then to give Mr Thrifty his potato fix, I made homemade tater tots. OMG were they good. The first batch fell apart in the oil, though, so a couple of tips. First, press the tots firmly into shape before frying. Secondly, don’t shake the frying basket whilst frying… let them cook in peace until they are done.
We rounded the meal off side dishes of sweetcorn and broccoli salad with sesame dressing.
A most taste-tastic meal.