Remember, remember the 5th of November – bangers and roots!

I hated history at school, queen this, king that, on this date such and such, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah yawn, zzzzzzz , then awoke with a start as my head dropping forward jolted my brain awake, before the teacher noticed – I hoped. It all seemed to merge into one confusing mess, I could never remember any of it, even with a very young brain. Perhaps it was the way that it was taught, I don’t know, or perhaps it didn’t really appeal to me. No Horrible Histories for us as children, wish I had this when I was younger. Check it out:

I have found as I have got older that actually I am quite interested in history, linking historical events to festivals is one very good way of remembering. Guy Fawkes was part of a band of catholics who plotted an assassination attempt against James the first and others at the state opening of parliament in 1605. He was found just about to light the gunpowder, arrested, sentenced then hanged, drawn and quartered – nasty business! The discovery of the plot is commemorated every year with bonfires – traditionally with a burning Guy, fireworks and lots of warming food to eat!

Remember, remember the fifth of November,

Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!

Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent
To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below
To prove old England’s overthrow.

By god’s mercy he was catch’d
With a darkened lantern and burning match.
So, holler boys, holler boys, Let the bells ring.
Holler boys, holler boys, God save the king.

I found the above copy of the traditional poem on the website for Leigh School – some really cool information on celebrations – check it out here

Now on nights were you want to be out watching fireworks and doing other fun stuff cooking is probably in the back of your mind. How about this bangers and roots recipe? – really simple to make, FODMAP friendly and just the ticket to eat outdoors, if you wish. If you are having a barbecue you can put these vegetables on skewers instead and put them on the barbie.


1 orange carrot

1 purple carrot

1 yellow carrot

2 Parsnips

Small handful of chopped pumpkin

Small handful of cherry tomatoes (care with the amount)

1/2 dozen gluten-free sausages (if you are following a Low FODMAP diet please check flavoured sausages for onion and garlic powder.)

1 teaspoon chilli powder

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

1 tablespoon of garlic infused olive oil.


Wash vegetables and peel carrots, parsnip and pumpkin, chop. Chop potato with skins on and add them all to a large baking tray. Pile ’em all in – no need to be prissy about it.

Drizzle over garlic infused oil and lay the sausages on the top. Sprinkle over the chilli powder and smoked paprika, add a small amount of salt (I didn’t need salt – perhaps you should taste it after cooking and add it if needed.)

Place in an oven (or on the barbie, cut vegetables thinner and skewer) gas mark 6.

Cook at the top of the oven till nicely browned – yum, a real crowd pleaser on a chilly November night (the purple carrot looks a bit burned, I assure you it’s not – it’s just the dark purple colour, perfectly done!) This should keep you warm whilst outside enjoying the festivities, serves three.

Take care with your real bangers and keep your furry critters in the house away from harm.