Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Avoid a Bonfire Night Michael Buerk 999 special with this spiced plum jam recipe

Did you know? The most dangerous place to be on Bonfire Night is your own back garden. I think making a pot of potentially scalding jam in the kitchen on Bonfire Night could come a close second, but I know where i'd rather be.

Personally, I don't have a problem with Guy Fawkes, so whilst others will this evening take on a Michael Buerk 999 reconstruction scenario, I've opted to set aside the sparklers and rockets for a pan of jam.

If you do have 31 minutes and 28 seconds spare, it's worth watching this Bonfire Night Special of 999 from 1995, still as relevant then as it is now. Highlights include the safety advice, and the orchestral theme tune. Poor Uncle Terry!

  • Never use petrol on a bonfire
  • Check for animals before lighting

Here is a recipe for spiced plum jam


8 large plums (I used mixed varieties)
2 cups sugar
juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
2-3 teaspoons mixed spice
1 cinnamon stick

Cut the plums into quarters, removing the stone
Put in pan
Add sugar and lemon
Add cinnamon stick and spices
Dissolve under a medium heat
Boil on a high heat for 20 mins
Leave to cool slightly and put in steralised jars
Place lid on and tighten when cool


Add a red onions, red wine vinegar, cumin and mustard seeds to make spiced plum chutney, to go with cold meats.