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BONFIRE NIGHT – EPIC FOOD IDEAS

Okey-dokey, twenty people are coming to spend Bonfire Night at yours and you have already sorted your fireworks (from Epic of course) and are simply sick and tired of hot dogs and burgers? Well, here are some scrumptious recipes which are easy to prepare and will feed your screaming hordes who will eat like kings.

STICKY MAPLE AND MUSTARD PULLED PORK WRAPS
3 ½lb PIECE OF BONED SHOULDER PORK
200 ML SWEET CIDER (CAN USE A BEER IF PREFERRED)
FLOUR TORTILLA WRAPS

FOR THE MARINADE:
2 RED CHILLIES
3 GARLIC CLOVES
2 TABLESPOONS OF BROWN SUGAR
4 TABLESPOONS OF MAPLE SYRUP
1-2 INCH OF FRESH GINGER
1 HEAPED TABLESPOON OF DIJON MUSTARD
1 TSP DRIED THYME
2 TABLESPOONS OF VEGETABLE/OLIVE OIL

First of all, put all of the marinade ingredients into a food processor and whizz until smooth. Pat the pork dry and thoroughly score the skin to enable the marinade to penetrate the meat. Put the meat into a tray and coat the whole of the piece in the marinade, cling film and put in the fridge overnight.

When you come to cook the pork, simply take from the fridge and leave out for half an hour to take the chill off (which enables the flavours to re-establish themselves) and then put into the oven on Gas 7 or 200°C (fan) for around 20 minutes then cover and turn the oven down to Gas 2 (140° fan) for 5 hours, basting occasionally. At the end of the 5 hour cooking time, remove the foil, turn it back up to Gas 7 or 200°C (fan) for a final 20 minutes before removing from the oven and leave to rest. In the meantime, pour the juices into a pan and simmer to reduce to a sticky sauce (gravy).

Once rested, pull the pork apart with forks, drizzle over the sauce and you are ready to serve with a heap of tortilla wraps. You can serve them either as they are or with a salad of shredded lettuce, peeled and finely sliced cucumber and red onions.

If you think that Yorkshire Parkin is a bit dry (you clearly haven’t tried our recipe: https://epicfireworks.com/blog/2011/10/pie-peas-parkin-and-pyro-the-perfect-combo/ but if you would like to try something a little different with that delicious warming effect, this is a delicious alternative:

STICKY GINGER CAKE WITH SPICED MARSCAPONE CREAM
1/2 LB SELF RAISING FLOUR
3 TABLESPOONS GROUND GINGER
1 TEASPOON BICARBONATE OF SODA
6OZ GOLDEN SYRUP
2 TABLESPOONS OF BLACK TREACLE
4OZ DARK BROWN SUGAR
4OZ BUTTER
2 INCH PIECE OF GRATED FRESH GINGER
2 LARGE EGGS
8 FLUID OZ MILK
FOR THE CREAM:
7OZ MARSCAPONE
5OZ DOUBLE CREAM
½ TEASPOON OF GROUND GINGER
¼ TEASPOON OF CINAMMON
STEM/CRYSTALISED GINGER
½ TSP CASTER SUGAR

METHOD: Sieve all the dried ingredients into a bowl. On a low heat put the butter, sugar, golden syrup and treacle to melt them. Add the grated ginger and stir in the heated ingredients with a metal spoon. Whisk the eggs and milk and add to the mixture. Once combined, pour into a lined baking tin (this recipe will fill an 8 inch square tin or a 10 inch round lined tin). Put into a pre-heated oven Gas 4 (160° fan) for around 35 minutes or until a skewer can be pushed into the cake and come out clean.

For the cream, whip the mascarpone until it can hold a soft peak, whip the cream and fold it in and add the ground ginger, crystallised ginger and cinnamon and a half tsp caster sugar.

You can either cut the cake up into squares (or wedges if you have a round tin) and serve the cream on the side.

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BONFIRE NIGHT – KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE

Every year, as we approach Bonfire Night as a responsible Firework supplier that the impact on small animals should be addressed before the season starts.

There are a series of simple steps we can all take to help smaller animals and pets stay safe and reduce their anxiety. Here are a few suggestions, as suggested by the RSPCA and Blue Cross animal charities:

• Keep cats and dogs inside
• Under no circumstances should you leave your pet tied up outside or take them along to a display – this is cruel and unnecessary
• Don’t leave your pet alone for too long
• Give them more bedding to burrow in – they will feel more secure
• Bring cages/hutches indoors – into a quiet room, shed or garage. If this is not feasible, cover their cages over or turn them into a wall if they face the garden
• Cover any aviaries/hutches with thick blankets or a duvet to block the sound of the fireworks out
• Make sure you walk your dog early doors – bear in mind that from darkness falling, there will be any number of fireworks around so you will reduce your dog’s stress levels
• Close all curtains, doors and close any cat/dog flaps to stop pets escaping to avoid the noise – they may disappear for good
• If your pet is used to having the noise of the TV, radio or music around, put them on to drown out some of the firework sounds
• Prepare a den perhaps under your bed with some old clothes and their favourite toys – it will help to keep them calm
• Let your dog/cat pace, whine, miaow or bark – if you try to comfort them, you may add to their distress

There have also been incidences over the last few years where horses have bolted, and in some cases, received serious injury. Again, you should plan ahead:

• Check if there are any firework events planned nearby
• Let organisers know if you have horses stabled in the immediate area to ensure that they set up as far from the field as possible
• Check what time the fireworks are due to start – this is at least the point you can ensure your equine friends are stabled if that is the direction you plan to go
• Check fencing is secure and there is nothing lying in the paddock which could cause injury
• Decide whether your horse (and only you know how they are likely to react) will need to be in the stable or out in the field
• If you are putting your horse in the stables, put a radio on to drown out some of the noise and leave it as well lit as possible (this helps to disguise the flashes from the pyrotechnics which can also frighten horses/pets)
• Check your insurance is up to date as you may be held liable for damage caused in the event your horse escapes.

Above all, remember that Bonfire Night is meant to be fun and has been part of the culture for over 400 years so let’s try to keep it safe for everyone including all our pets and of course ourselves.

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BONFIRE NIGHT 2017 – STAYING SAFE

As the 2017 BFN season starts to gather momentum, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight some information to help to keep you, your family and pets safe and well.

Here at Epic, we are passionate about using pyrotechnics safely and not to the detriment of the local elderly, a beloved pet or indeed the local wildlife. It would be great if everyone could escape injury
all the time but accidents whether caused by a mishap or sheer foolishness there may be some minor burns to deal with.

Any display which includes fireworks and sparklers, whether it’s a few people at your property or indeed a sizeable crowd, should always have a water source close by. This should include a couple
of buckets of water and a hosepipe which is primed and ready to rock and roll. If someone suffers a burn, it is imperative to take immediate steps to treat the patient to avoid unnecessary pain and
suffering. Begin by running cool clean water over the affected area for at least 10-15 minutes. Follow this treatment by placing a clean damp towel over the burn and seeking medical assistance.

Next on the list; Pets. Now whether this includes your huge German Shepherd or a tiny little Bichon Frise, any animal can react badly to the loud noise, screeches, and whistles created by fireworks.
Data shows that an estimated 45% of all dogs will show signs of fear throughout BFN. However, if you take a few easy and well-timed steps you will reduce your pet’s anxiety making the situation a
great deal less worrying.

1. Hiding place – make sure your pet has somewhere they can hide throughout the BFN season. A cupboard, under the table or another item of furniture, is ideal. Just remember that if your pet has decided to hide out under the table containing your best lead crystal,
make sure to move it to avoid breakages.

2. Walkies – Make sure you walk your pet during daylight hours as this will avoid the additional worry of perhaps being out when the displays begin.

3. Dull the noise – Close curtains, turn the radio or TV on to lessen the noise.

4. Please be sure that your pet is microchipped just on the off chance that they escape so they can be reunited with you.

5. Outdoor pets – Cover small outdoor pet cages with carpet or a cover which will help to dull the noise and put additional bedding in with your rabbit or guinea pig which again will reduce stress.

6. A bonfire just looks like an ideal home exhibition to a small animal so we recommend that you collect all the materials for the Bonfire in a separate place to where it is to be lit so that any ‘visitors’ can escape to safety. Immediately before lighting, we also recommend you go around and prod around the base of the fire again to remove any hedgehogs etc.

Above all, stay safe and enjoy the fireworks safely and keep in mind the animals that need to be taken care of. Have a fantastic BFN and if you need help or advice, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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