Bonfire night can be a bit of a tricky one.

‘Do I go meet my friends in a dark, cold, boggy field and wait an hour for the fireworks to finally start? Or, do I stay at home, make a feast, invite the girls round and watch the sky light up from the comfort of my living room?’

If you choose to brave the outside world – well done! It’s always good to get out there. But if you’ve decided to keep it cosy and look after the dog with a few pals, here are some tasty toffee treats to make and devour.

(And if you’re not too confident in the kitchen, ask an older sibling or a parent to show you the ropes so that you do everything super safely!)

Toffee/chocolate apples

It’s a Bonfire Night classic that’s super simple to make and basically counts as one of your five a day. Change toffee for melted cooking chocolate topped with hundreds and thousands if you’re scared of it getting stuck in your braces!

Ingredients

– Bag of 6-8 apples (Granny Smiths work well)
– 400g golden caster sugar
– 1tsp vinegar
– 4 tbsp golden syrup

What to do

1. Put the apples in a large bowl or saucepan and pour hot water over them to remove the waxy coating.
2. Dry with a tea towel, pull off any stalks, push a lolly stick through each apple’s core and place them on a sheet of baking paper near your oven top.
3. Tip the sugar into a pan with 100ml water on a medium heat. Cook this for five minutes until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the syrup and vinegar.
4. Test to see if the toffee’s ready by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water – it should harden instantly. If it’s still squishy, continue to boil.
5. Dip and spin each apple in the hot toffee, let the excess drip, then place back onto the parchment – you’ll have to act fast here!
6. Leave to set, then enjoy.

Sticky toffee popcorn

It’s a thing of beauty when two great ingredients like this unite. This snack is perfect for munching while watching a film or looking out at the fireworks.

Homemade Toffee & butter popcorn 🍿 #popcorn #toffeepopcorn #cooking #homsweethome #relaxing #saturdaynight

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Ingredients
– Sachet of popping corn
– 50g salted butter
– 100g light soft brown sugar
– 2 tbsp golden syrup
– 1 tbsp sunflower oil

What to do

1. Heat the oil in a big pan, add the corn and mix into the oil.
2. Set to a low heat, cover with the lid and have fun listening to all the corn pop.
3. Melt the butter, golden syrup and sugar in another pan until the butter melts. Increase the heat and let it bubble for 1-2 minutes.
4. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and give it a really good stir.
5. Empty the coated popcorn onto a sheet of baking paper and let it set.

Bonfire toffee

Okay, this is the ultimate traditional bonfire night treat for all the sugar fiends out there. You’ll need a sugar thermometer to measure the temperature of the toffee – ask your parents if they have one!

Ingredients

– 75g black treacle
– 75g golden syrup
– 150g light soft brown sugar
– 75g butter
– ¼ tsp cream of tartar (look in the baking aisle at the supermarket)

What to do

1. Line a 15cm x 20cm baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
2. Put the treacle, golden syrup, brown sugar, butter and cream of tartar into a large saucepan on a medium heat. Stir occasionally until everything has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
3. Increase the heat and bring the mixture to boil. When the mixture reaches 140C (use the thermometer), pour very carefully into the lined tray.
4. Wait about 15 – 20 minutes until the toffee is cool enough to handle and feels slightly elastic to the touch. Then you can start cutting it into equal portions with a buttered knife.
5. Store in an airtight container and use baking paper to separate layers so that they don’t stick together!

Finish the night with a cream and marshmallow-topped hot chocolate for the perfect end to a cosy night in. That should be your sugar fix sorted until Christmas.

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Quick! Guys, It’s National Chocolate Day! Are you ready? Are you warmed up? Have you done your stomach-stretching exercises?

By which we mean, are you eating chocolate at every possible opportunity, to get yourself ready for The Big Chocdown? WELL? If not, get on it. On no other day (apart from Easter obvs) do you have the perfect ready-made excuse to go the full Bruce Bogtrotter on your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not to mention snacks. And drinks.

But you know – being a chocoholic doesn’t even have to mean eating yourself into a Dairy Milk coma. Here’s how to eat chocolate for every meal, AND get some vitamins in at the same time.

1. You could have chocolate porridge

Or vegan fudge brownie oatmeal, to be specific…

2. Or chocolate overnight oats

Which, as we all know, is just cold porridge – because why not mix up your Ready Brek.

3. Chocolate granola

Which is like… crunchy porridge.

4. Chocolate flapjacks

Look chocolate and oats just go really well together, is what we’re saying.

5. Chocolate babka

Babka experiment using Holly's Challah dough — can't stop eating it. 👌👌

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A ‘babka’ is twisty Jewish yeasted cake, otherwise known as another legitimate way to eat chocolate for breakfast. Get on it.

6. Chocolate sourdough

Sourdough Noir: because bread and chocolate are made for each other. New recipe today. 💤😺💡

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Because this is so much classier than just spreading Nutella on your Hovis.

7. Chocolate-spiked vegetarian chilli

Seriously – the dark chocolate gives your veggie chilli richness. Which is kind of the opposite of that time you spent all your money on Milka on the first day of the school French trip.

8. Chocolatey Mexican chicken mole

Your fave bird laced with smoky, chocolatey sauce… this Mexican stew is a whole other level of spring chicken.

9. Chocolate avocado mousse

Only when you’re even eating cocoa with your avocado do you know you’re really doing it right.

10. Chocolate roasted chickpeas

If Maltesers and hummus had a baby, this is how it would look… Weird but gorgeous. Get snacking.

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We know the rule: you should always eat a hearty breakfast to kick-start your day. But unless you really love cooking or find yourself in a fancy hotel with a magical toaster that provides unlimited avo toast (dreamy), it’s hard to muster up the energy to make something really delicious. Especially on a lazy Sunday.

*Food klaxon* This is why we love overnight oats. Not only do they take five minutes to make as you prep them the night before, but this tasty, oaty recipe actually comes complete with a decadent dollop of ice cream. Wait, WHAT? Yes, you heard us right. We are shaking up the brunch world once again with something naughty, because incase you hadn’t heard… oats + ice cream = breakfast of champions.

Just don’t tell your ‘rents we keep doing this or you’ll be on diet of dry muesli before you can say ‘sultana’.

Ingredients

For the overnight oats (enough for 4 mornings):

150 g rolled oats
420 ml almond milk
60 ml apple juice
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

For the cinnamon ‘nice cream’:

2 bananas, peeled and frozen
1 tsp vanilla extract
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 medjool date
a pinch of salt

Recipe

1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and then leave to soak overnight in the fridge.

2. The next day, if the mix looks a little dry add more almond milk. Then scoop into a small jar or bowl.

3. Now for the cinnamon nice cream! Just pop the bananas, vanilla extract, cinnamon, date and salt in a food processor and blend until thick and creamy, scraping down the sides every 30 seconds.

4. Whizz until the mix becomes completely smooth, like a Mr. Whippy.

5. Scoop the nice cream on top of the oats and add a tasty toppings (we love caramelised bananas, crumbled nuts and coconut flakes).

From Guilt-Free Nice Cream by Margie Broadhead (Hardie Grant, £12.99) Photography © Jacqui Melville

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Hello and welcome to Sunday morning, where the food is delicious and the tunes will have you dancing around the kitchen like you’re in a romantic comedy.

On this week’s menu, we have a feta and chorizo frittata from the wonderfully talented Cider With Rosie (plus a couple of ideas with what you can do with any leftover chorizo, if leftover chorizo exists in your house). It’s super easy and quick to make, plus it’s nutritious and filling and full of protein and whatever. You can find the recipe here.

feta and chorizo frittata

And while you’re frying up a storm, throw on the soundtrack from Chef (which if you haven’t watched yet, you should probably get on ASAP). Loaded with hot Latin tunes, we’ve got £100 on you shaking your tatas round the kitchen in no time.

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We’re going full Americana today. We’re basically transforming our life into an episode of Riverdale (but with less murders, obvs), so throw on your varsity jacket and let’s get cracking.

Step one: cook up some of these buttermilk blueberry waffles by the talented Joy the Baker. She’s such a pro at brunch, she’s written the book on it. Literally. Her new book Over Easy is dedicated entirely to brunch (it’s the most important meal of the day, we’ve heard).

Strict 2015 diet: WAFFLES.

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Step two: you could serve them with bacon… but how about some Haim? The band with the best hair in the biz has a new release, Want You Back – check it out for some serious smalltown folksy vibes.

Step three: re-watch the entire series of Riverdale for clues, while we wait for the new season to air. Perfect Sunday.

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Smoothie bowls are delicious, good for you, and make your Instagram feed look 120% better. Fact. This one has strawberries, blackberries, chia seeds and even chocolate chips, because everything tastes better with a little bit of chocolate in it.

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Christmas is a-coming, and we all know what the means… FOOD!* But what do you eat on Christmas Day if you’re veggie? A plate of overcooked side dishes? A slab of supermarket dry-as-an-old-boot nut roast? Marmite on toast? Not if we have anything to do with it.

Here are eight totally delicious, show-stopping veggie and vegan Christmas Day dinner suggestions that’ll have the meat-eaters crying over their tough old turkey…

*And family, little baby Jesus and goodwill to all men too. Obvs.

Vegducken stuffed squash vegan roast

But seriously, have you ever seen anything quite so beautiful? No, neither have we! This ambitious dish is a vegan take on the traditional meaty turducken (a very vegan-unfriendly chicken stuffed in a duck stuffed in a turkey), and is sure to impress your IG followers. Because that’s what Christmas is all about, right?

 Parsnip, chestnut and sage wreath

Food doesn’t get much more Christmassy than this veg-fest shaped like a wreath. If this recipe tastes half as good as it looks, it’ll be a winner winner veggie Christmas dinner!

Layered veggie burger pies

If you like food encased in pastry (and quite frankly, who doesn’t?), then this could be your dream Christmas Day main. These homemade veggie burgers, sitting on a bed of wholegrain mustard and topped with a creamy herb sauce, are basically a beef Wellington’s veggie cousin. And unlike your actual cousin, we reckon it’d get on excellently with everyone else at the table (ie. the trimmings).

Sweet potato, chestnut and stilton pie

Just the thought of tucking into this beast of a double-carb main makes us feel ready for a nap – which is basically what we look for from food on Christmas Day. Get in!

Deluxe vegan butternut macaroni ‘n’ tease

We don’t care what the foodie question – mac ‘n’ cheese (or in this case, macaroni ‘n’ tease) is always the answer. We promise you, if you pop this on the dinner table come Christmas Day, the meat eaters in your life won’t be able to resist digging in. You’ve been warned.

Vegan cranberry nut loaf

Cranberry Nut Loaf ~ Vegan, Gluten-Free ⛄️ I've adapted my original recipe a little this year. This is also free from added salt, oil or refined sugars. I don't worry too much on Christmas Day, as long as everything's vegan 👍 but this happens to be very tasty without the extra refined ingredients. Recipe on my blog, link in profile 💛 I hope everyone is not stressing too much this festive season, try and find time to relax and recharge. It's so important. Something I've been doing that's totally changed my day, is waking up and going for a walk first thing in the morning before I eat breakfast. It's a wonderful relaxing way to start the day and I get it an extra little bit of exercise before I eat. Okay, off to work on an extra special Christmas dessert!

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We know, we know, it’s a nut roast! But this isn’t just any old nut loaf. This is a show-stopping vegan cranberry nut loaf, which also happens to be gluten-free, so basically covers all the bases. Tick, tick, tick.

Moroccan spiced pie

Jane Gay's Morrocan Pie: spesh for the stupid veggie. Perfect mum. #veggiechristmas

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If you fancy throwing out the rule book and going for something altogether more exotic on Christmas Day, then this Moroccan spiced pie is just the ticket. Combining cranberries, pistachio nuts and cinnamon, it has many of the trad Crimbo flavours, but just in a slightly jazzier package.

Porcini and chestnut wreath roasts

If mushrooms are your thing, then these mini porcini wreaths will totally tick your Crimbo lunch boxes. They also come with a recipe for creamy porcini & parsley gravy, which we’re thinking we’d like to drink straight, as shots. Just us?

Merry meat-free Christmas, everyone!

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