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Rhubarb ramblings from the Nom Nom Nom cookery book reader group

Wakefield Libraries’ Nom Nom Nom Cookery book reader group has been meeting on the first Saturday of each month at 2pm since April 2014. Our meetings are a  bubbly combination of chat, reading and cookery skills sharing. At our most recent meeting on the 3rd February 2018 we turned our thoughts to the forthcoming Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb, which will be taking place 23-25 February 2018.

As huge fans and advocates of rhubarb-based cookery we felt we had to share our favourite recipes with each other and Wakefield Libraries blog readers. Rhubarb, now in season, is so much more versatile and delicious than it is often given credit for. Our top 10 rhubarb recipes include:

  1. Rhubarb Ginger Crunch from Mary Prior, Rhubarbaria, (Prospect Books, 2008)

A no-bake cheesecake with a crunchy ginger biscuit base and creamy filling.

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Rhubarb Ginger Crunch

2. Custard yo-yos with Rhubarb Icing from  Yotam Ottolenghi, Sweet, (Ebury Press, 2017)

Delightful sandwich biscuits with a rhubarb-vanilla custard cream filling. Sometimes known as ‘melting moments’ or ‘custard kisses’.

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Custard yoyos with roasted rhubarb icing

3.  Roasted Rhubarb with Ginger from Claire Bailey, The 8 week blood sugar diet recipe book ( Short Books, 2016)

A compote featuring rhubarb, coconut oil and ginger, could be eaten on its own, or as a topping with porridge, thick yogurt or ice cream

4. Rhubarb Curd from Sean Wilson, The Great Northern Cookbook ( Hodder, 2012)

Another versatile recipe, Nom Nom cooks particularly recommended this is used in place of lemon curd to make a light gluten-free dessert in Mary Berry’s Meringue roulade recipe

5. Joan’s Rhubarb and Oat Muffins Apple (or rhubarb) and Oat Muffins

Moist and with a pleasant tang of rhubarb, these muffins were a real treat. Joan modified an existing recipe she likes to use, substituting rhubarb instead of  apple

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Rhubarb Crumble Muffins

6. Spiced Rhubarb sauce for Mackerel from Mary Prior, Rhubarbaria, (Prospect Books, 2008)

Proof, should it still be required, that rhubarb can also contribute to savoury dishes, this sauce with a hint of winter spice would go well with a range of oily fish and roast meat dishes.

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Spiced Rhubarb Sauce for Mackerel

7. Rhubarb Lattice Pie with Cardamom and Orange  from Epicurious

A beautiful-looking traditional rhubarb plate-pie hiding a fragrant twist of cardamom and orange. Works well also with ginger and orange.

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Rhubarb Lattice Pie with Cardamom and Orange

 

8. Rhubarb and Almond Cake by Nadiya Hussain for The Times

We wholeheartedly agree with Nadiya’s own description “A cake of sharp contrasts, thanks to a shot of rhubarb”

9.  Rhubarb Mule Cocktail  A favourite recipe from Jennifer Klinec

Jennifer came to speak to our group a couple of years ago after her return from Iran, where she had fallen in love with the food and a certain Iranian gentleman. Her recipe for a  Rhubarb Mule Cocktail  is bursting with the same joie de vivre as her book.

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Rhubarb Mule cocktail

10. Virginia’s Rhubarb and ginger cheese cake 

made as dainty cupcake-size samples, this no-bake cheesecake was another simple way to incorporate the sharp tang of rhubarb into a delicious creamy treat.

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Finally…Tusky – Yorkshire forced rhubarb pieces dipped raw into a bowl of sugar and eaten as a sweet treat

A traditional treat for children, candy-pink ‘tusky’ with a bowl of sugar to dip and eat raw is a sweet-sour taste explosion guaranteed to blow off your hat (and some tooth enamel).  Its a  love-it-or-hate-it experience to sort the true rhubarb connoisseur from the  mere aficionado! Dare you try?

 

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A Nom Nom Nom Christmas!

Members of the Nom Nom Nom Cookery book Reader group, who meet at Wakefield Library on the first Saturday of the month at 2pm recently held their festive meeting. The meeting was filled with tasty treats and good cheer as we all look forward to cooking for ourselves and our families over the festive season.

First on the agenda was a discussion of our November book club 51XFwia+ZOL__SS160_title, which was Linda Collister’s Great British Bakeoff: Everyday, one of the first books in the long running franchise from 2013, which took us back to the very beginning of the Bake off phenomenon. It includes recipes from Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, bake-off contestants and was compiled by Linda Collister, who has collaborated with Mary Berry on a number of titles.

Members agreed that there were a great deal of excellent recipes in this book, particularly highlighted were some of the savoury recipes, which balance out the sweet treats and breads, making this book a great all-round title for the avid baker, and equally great for beginners too.

Book group members then shared their favourite festive recipes which they will be making for their loved ones this Christmas, including Lemon Buns, Marzipan filled Chelsea Buns, cheese and mustard savoury biscuits, homemade cream crackers with cumin seeds and parmesan and sesame lollipops. Members then chose a mystery festive cookery title to take away and try this coming month.

Particularly admired was book group member Pam’s square Tunis Cake, an alternative to fruit cakes at Christmas, the recipe for which Pam has written up to share with Wakefield Libraries Blog readers download here. Pam has adapted a Mary Berry recipe and added a rich chocolate icing to make this family friendly treat for the festive table.

The group meets again on the 6th January, 2pm at Wakefield Library, all are welcome.

The History of Afternoon Tea – Author Event

afternoon-teaThe Nom Nom Nom Cookery Book Reader Group invites you to join them on Saturday 1 April  2.00-3.30pm  at Wakefield Library. Cookery author and blogger Meryl White will explore the origins and the characters involved in creating this quintessential British tradition and what makes the perfect afternoon tea. This is a free event but booking is essential please.

To book:

Tel 01924 305356

Email wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

The Nom Nom Nom! Cookery book reader group was established in March 2014 meeting monthly, whose members are interested in food and cookery and want to share experiences and recipes with like-minded individuals. Members of all cooking abilities are welcome, you don’t have to be of bake-off or masterchef standard to enjoy your food and cooking it!

The Nom, Nom, Nom book group meets on the first Saturday of each month 2-3pm at  Wakefield Library and Museum at Wakefield One, Burton Street. The book club gives members the opportunity to try new cookery writers, ingredients and experiment with different cuisines and share their results (and disasters!) within a friendly group.

Visit Meryl’s blog at http://www.grandmaabson.com/

Hints and tips for storytellers | Bookstart blog

Storytelling can be a scary business. A bit of planning, plenty of practice and bucketloads of enthusiasm can make all the difference, says Simon Bond, Library Assistant at Pontefract Library, guesting at Bookstart blog

See more here: Hints and tips for storytellers | Bookstart

 

Welcome to the Ossett Archive Blog!

If you are interested in Ossett’s local history please take a look at the new official blog of Ossett Community Archive, based at Ossett library…

Welcome Ossettonians! This is the official blog of the Ossett and Gawthorpe Community Archive. We will be using this blog to engage with our followers and the people of Ossett to share information …

Source: Welcome to the Ossett Archive Blog!

A book for everything that ails us … why bibliotherapy could be just the medicine we’re looking for

The Knowledge Exchange Blog

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By Morwen Johnson

Many of us will have received books as Christmas presents last month – and the bestseller lists testify to their continuing popularity despite regular doom-mongering. The benefits of books go much further though than keeping your brain active and passing the time. Reading involves ‘emotional thinking’ and in the words of The Reader, books “are full of the stuff that makes us human”. That means that they can actually be a powerful resource for improving mental health.

“I felt better than before … I felt understood”

Last year we wrote on our blog about social prescribing – and how the NHS is recognising that non-medical treatments such as arts activities or exercise can improve patient’s mental and physical health. This is partly linked to the emphasis on enabling self-management support to be given to people with long-term or chronic health…

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Cookery author event – Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking

The Nom Nom Nom cookery book reader group, which meets regularly

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Doncaster Butterscotch Cake

at Wakefield One Library and Museum the first Saturday each month at 2pm, invites you to join us for an afternoon of tea, cakes and Edwardian recipes from Grandma Abson’s vintage recipe book. On Saturday 5th March 2.00-3.00pm author Meryl White will be talking about her book and sharing some tasty home-baked treats. Read more about Grandma Abson’s legacy on Meryl’s blog

 

“Grandma Abson’s Traditional Baking is all about simple and tasty baking, a legacy from my Grandma’s time as a

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Irish Flakemeal Biscuits

cook-housekeeper in Edwardian times and a lifetime of baking. As I was growing up, I watched her bake and cook, and acquired her expertise and passion for baking. Now I’m sharing Grandma Abson’s baking with you. Enjoy!” – Meryl White, Author

 

Free event but booking is essential please

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Wakefield Library and Museum

Wakefield One, Burton Street

Wakefield WF1 2DD

Tel 01924 305356

Email wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk

National Book Awards shortlists announced

National-Book-AwardsPresented in association with high street campaign Books Are My Bag, the National Book Awards 2014 will celebrate writers in 10 categories. Readers will be asked to vote for their favourite from each of the category winners to win the Specsavers National Book of the Year Award which will be decided by a public poll on the official National Book Awards website, with the winner announced on 26th December, with a reception to follow at 11 Downing Street, residence of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Man Booker-shortlisted Ali Smith, Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction winner Eimear McBride, and Costa Book of the Year winner Nathan Filer are among the authors vying at the Specsavers National Book Awards this year.with nominees also including Mary Berry, Caitlin Moran, David Walliams and John Cleese. The full list of those shortlisted and the categories is below. See more here 

SHORTLISTS FOR THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2014 

Crime/Thriller Book of the Year:Horowitz

• Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz (Orion)

• The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (Little Brown Book Group)

• I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Transworld)

• The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (HarperCollins UK)

• Personal by Lee Child (Transworld)

 

Magic FM Autobiography/Biography of the Year:ST Cleese

• The Unexpected Professor by John Carey (Faber & Faber)

• So, Anyway… by John Cleese (Penguin Random House)

• Napoleon The Great by Andrew Roberts (Penguin)

• Only When I Laugh by Paul Merton (Ebury Publishing)

• Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson (Transworld)

 

Food & Drink Book of the Year:images

• The Art Of Eating Well by Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley (Ebury Publishing)

• Mary Berry Cooks by Mary Berry (Ebury Publishing)

• Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes by Tom Kerridge (Bloomsbury)

• Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Publishing)

• River Cottage Light & Easy by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Bloomsbury)

 

Children’s Book of the Year:

• Animalium by Jenny Broom & Katie Scott (Bonnier Publishing)images (1)

• Archie Green And The Magician’s Secret by D D Everest (Faber & Faber)

• Awful Auntie by David Walliams (HarperCollins)

• Goth Girl And The Fete Worse Than Death by Chris Riddell (Pan Macmillan)

• Minecraft: The Official Construction Handbook by Matthew Neeler and Phil Southam (Egmont)

 

Audible.co.uk Audiobook of the Year:

• Awful Auntie by David Walliams (HarperCollins)images (2)

• More Fool Me by Stephen Fry (Random House Audio)

• Walking Home by Clare Balding (Penguin Audio)

• The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Whole Story Audiobooks)

• Man At The Helm by Nina Stibbe (Audible Studios)

 

International Author of the Year:

• The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (HarperCollins)images (3)

• Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Pan Macmillan)

• A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber)

• The Long Haul / Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney (Penguin)

• We Are All Completely Beside Ourselved by Karen Joy Fowler (Profile Books)

 

Books Are My Bag New Writer of the Year:

• Elizabeth Missing by Emma Healey (Penguin Books)images (4)

• In The Light Of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman (Pan Macmillan)

• Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe (Penguin Books)

• The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Pan Macmillan)

• Wake by Anna Hope (Transworld)

 

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year:

• The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer (HarperCollins)images (5)

• Elizabeth Missing by Emma Healey (Penguin Books)

• How To Build A Girl by Caitlin Moran (Ebury Publishing)

• Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse (Orion)

• Secrets Of The Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore (Simon & Schuster UK Ltd)

 

Non-fiction Book of the Year:

• Curious by Rebecca Front (Orion)images (6)

• How To Speak Money by John Lanchaster (Faber & Faber)

• Love, Nina by Nina Stibbe (Penguin Books)

• Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine (Faber & Faber)

• Waterloo: The History Of Four Days, Three Armies And Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell (Harper Collins)

 

UK Author of the Year:

• How To Be Both by Ali Smith (Penguin General)images (7)

• The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

• Us by David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)

• The Love Song Of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Royce (Transworld)

• The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (Hodder & Stoughton)

Family Learning Festival 18th October – 2nd November 2014

Webbanner-633x236The Family Learning Festival takes place 18th October to the 2nd November 2014. Wakefield Libraries will be running a whole host of activities during the festival including family storytimes, craft activities, internet tasters, workshops and much more. Details of what’s on at libraries across the district can be viewed below or downloaded here (PDF) FLF_Libraries_events_2014 .

All Wakefield Libraries events listed below are free to attend and unless otherwise stated, do not require advance booking.

Family learning is a fun way for parents, grandparents, extended family members, children or carers to learn together. Sometimes it is about parents wanting to support their children in the best possible way. For some adults it is a chance to ‘have another go’ at learning.

ColourFestivalLogoRGB-webFamily Learning Festival is an annual event run by the Campaign for Learning . The theme for this year’s Festival is ‘Out of this World. Take an adventure in learning from exploring outer space, to understanding scientific discoveries and the natural world.

 

Whats on in Wakefield Libraries

Date Time Venue Event details
18/10/2014 10am-12pm South Elmsall Library Get Ready for Halloween with fun crafts
20/10/2014 10am – 11am Pontefract Library ‘Out of This World’ PAWS Craft Activity & Stories
20/10/2014 2pm – 3pm Pontefract Library  ‘Out of This World’ Stepping Stones Craft Activity & Stories
20/10/2014 11am-11.30am Featherstone Library ‘Out of this world’ storytime
21/10/2014 11am – 11.30am Pontefract Library ‘Out of This World’ Church Group Activity & Stories
21/10/2014 9.30am-11am South Elmsall Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
21/10/2014 1.30pm-2.30pm Wakefield One Library and Museum Under 5’s ‘Out of this world’ Story time
22/10/2014 9.15am – 10.15am Pontefract Library ‘Out of This World’ Baby Morning Activity & Stories
22/10/2014 10.30am-11.30am Sandal Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
22/10/2014 10.30am – 11.30am Pontefract Library ‘Out of This World’ Baby Morning Activity & Stories
23/10/2014 10am-11am Castleford Library ‘Out of this world’ Baby Morning
24/10/2014 10.30am-11am Hemsworth Library ‘Out of this world’ Baby Rhyme Time
24/10/2014 10am-11am Wakefield One Library and Museum Under 5’s ‘Out of this world’ Story time
24/10/2014 10.30am-11am Ossett Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
24/10/2014 2.15pm-3pm Horbury Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
27/10/2014 11.00am-11.30am Featherstone Library ‘Out of this world’ storytime
27/10/2014 2pm-3pm Airedale Library ‘Out of this world’ Family Craft Activities
27/10/2014 2pm-4pm Hemsworth Library Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270
28/10/2014 9.45am-10.45am Pontefract Library ‘Out of This World’ Half-term Craft Activities. To book 01977 727692
28/10/2014 10.15am-11am South Elmsall Library Spooky Halloween story time
28/10/2014 1.30pm-2.30pm Wakefield One Library and Museum ‘Out of this world’ Under 5’s Story time
28/10/2014 2pm-4pm Hemsworth Library Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270
28/10/2014 2pm-3pm Sandal library ‘Out of this World craft activity
28/10/2014 10.15am-11am South Elmsall Library Creepy-crawly Halloween storytime
29/10/2014 10.30-11am Ossett Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
29/10/2014 11am-2pm Airedale Library Family Learning craft and stories with Author Conrad Burdekin spooky masks, eye patches, lanterns and spiders!
29/10/2014 2pm-5pm Knottingley library ‘Out of this world’ space rockets and spooky Halloween crafts session
29/10/2014 4pm-5pm Wakefield One Library and Museum ‘Out of this world’ Teenage Readers Group
30/10/2014 2pm-3pm Airedale Library Halloween Craft Activity – make scary bats and ghosts!
30/10/2014 2pm-4pm Hemsworth Library Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270
30/10/2014 2.30pm-3.30pm Featherstone Library ‘Out of this world Halloween craft and story to book 01977 722745
30/10/2014 4pm-5pm Hemsworth Library Halloween Craft Activity
31/10/2014 10.30am-11am Hemsworth Library ‘Out of this world’ Baby Rhyme Time
31/10/2014 2pm-4pm Hemsworth Library Children’s Cookery Course. To book 01977 722270
31/10/2014 2.15pm-3pm Horbury Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time
31/10/2014 10.30am-12.30pm South Elmsall Library Halloween family craft morning
31/10/2014 10am-11am Wakefield One Library and Museum Under 5’s ‘Out of this world’ Story time
31/10/2014 10.30am-11am Ossett Library ‘Out of this world’ Story Time

 

Wakefield Libraries celebrates Black History Month

October is Black History month, and to celebrate we are hosting an evening of family fun with an African theme. Join us at Wakefield Library and Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, on Wednesday 8th October 4-8pm for a range of family fun activities. Get it loud in the library with a Drumming workshop, hear an African story or two, do some craft, and look at the African costumes on display in the library entrance area.  Its going to be a noisy, lively colourful party, and its free, so just drop in and enjoy the fun! Just one of a series of events being held in Wakefield to celebrate Black History Month this October.2.0 BHM Programme 2014-01

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