Jacket potato al la Upton - Wrap your potato in foil, place in an old ammo box (or biscuit tin if you don't have an old ammo box around...) and cook on the edge of your bonfire for aprox an hour depending on size of potatoes. Tin will need turning every 30mins or so. Serving ideas are - a selection of grated cheeses, butter, salt pepper and pesto. Pasta stir in sauces also work well. This is our signature dish!
Roasted Veggies - Chop, dice and slice a selection of butternut squash, carrots, mushrooms, leek, chopped peppers, and top with cherry tomatoes, and chuck in a metal baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil, chopped garlic, salt and pepper and a splash of balsamic vin. Wrap tray in foil and place in ammo/biscuit tin on the edge of the fire. Done in 20 mins depending on size. Cook until butternut squash is el dente.
Garlic mushrooms - Cut mushrooms into quarters add nobs of butter and a glug olive oil on top, salt and pepper to taste and crushed garlic. Place in tin on edge of fire and should be ready in 10-15 mins.
Bonfire Banana - Make an incision on the inside curve of your banana. Not all the way through, just the top layer. Ram in as much chocolate of your choice as you possibly can. Cadburys caramel works particularly well. Wrap in foil, place on the embers on the edge of your bonfire. Ready in 10 mins, and becomes a gooey chocolaty bananary mess.
Upton Apple Mess - Get some cooking apples, core them. Place in metal baking tray, fill cored hole halfway with mixed dried fruit with the peel. Top with Muscovado and slices of fresh ginger. Sprinkle with more dried fruit and more sugar. Cover tray with foil and bake in the ammo box or biscuit tin. Ready in roughly 20mins. Very good if slightly over cooked so the apples explode and end up with applely gooey sweet fruity mess. At home serve with ice cream or whipped cream. Yum!
A big thank you to Nigel Brooks and Andy Fale our Upton Heath wardens who have come up with these recipes after years of feeding volunteers on Upton Heath Work Parties using bonfires. If you fancy some of these treats but don't want the hassle of making your own bonfire, then pop along to a work party on a Thursday* and we can promise you will get well fed! Check the events guide for dates.
*Disclaimer - We can’t guarantee that all of this lovely food will be on offer at our work parties, but there is usually some sort of foodie fun going on!