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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.


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’.


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


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.


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.


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.



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?



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.

Libraries Week


Drop in to your library during Libraries Week 9 – 14 October and find out what’s on offer. Enjoy fascinating author events and fun storytimes,  research your family history or find out health information, enjoy a talk or take part in an activity, have a look at our great online offer: discover something new in your library!


Monday 9 October

10am Wakefield Library. Are you strong lass? : A teacher’s life in the 1970s. Author event with Kath Padgett Booking required, phone 01924305376

2 – 3pm Normanton Library  Adult Christmas Craft Drop In. Booking not required.

2.30 – 3.15 Ossett Library. Researching Your Coal Mining Ancestors  Booking not required.

2pm South Elmsall Library Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Find out about their work.  Booking not required.

Tuesday 10 October

2.30 – 3.15 Horbury Library. Researching Your Coal Mining Ancestors Booking not required.

2 – 3pm. Normanton Library. World Mental Health Day ‘Tea & Talk’ and quiz 2-3pm. Booking not required

2pm. South Elmsall Library.  World Mental Health Day ‘Tea & Talk’

2.30pm Ossett Library. Dementia awareness: learn more about living with Dementia. Booking not required.

Thursday 12 October

2.30pm Horbury Library. Dementia awareness: learn more about living with Dementia. Booking not required.

10.15am. Normanton Library Little Tiger story time and activity for the under fives. Booking not required.

Friday 13 October

10.15am. Normanton Library Little Tiger story time and activity for the under fives. Booking not required.

10.30-11am Ossett Library. Bookstart Story and Rhyme time. Meet the Bookstart Bear! Booking not required.

Saturday 14 October

9.30 – 1. Normanton Library. Family Board Games drop in. Booking not required

10.30 – 3 South Elmsall Library.  Wildlife Photography workshop: Morning session South Elmsall Library, afternoon in Frickley Country Park. £5 per person. Booking essential, please phone 01977 514741. Bring your own camera, suitable clothing and a packed lunch.

2pm. Wakefield Library.  Red Ribbon: Dress historian Lucy Adlington invites you into the wonderful world of fashion, fabrics, hats and home-sewing in the 1940s, to celebrate the publication of her new novel The Red Ribbon – an amazing story inspired by the dressmakers of Auschwitz Booking required, phone 01924305376

















What they wrote next

May Jo

I was pleased to see that A Country Road, A Tree by Jo Baker has been shortlisted for both the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. Jo visited Wakefield in 2014 to talk about her novel Longbourn and we loved meeting her.

May Susan

Susan Elliot Wright was introduced to us by Read Regional in 2014. She talked about her novel Things We Never Said. She has since published Secrets We Left Behind and her latest book What She Lost came out a few weeks ago.

May Sarah

Sarah Stovell spoke at the same event as Susan. Her novel was a historical novel, the fascinating Night Flower.  Her next book is a psychological thriller set in the Lake District. Exquisite will be published on 15th June .

May Syephen

Stronger Than Skin by Stephen May was published in March and there are some very positive reviews on Amazon from readers. Stephen was a guest at Wakefield Lit Fest in 2014 talking about Wake Up Happy Every Day.

May Caroline

Caroline Roberts started a new series after she spoke to us about The Torn Up Marriage last year. The Cosy Teashop in the Castle and the Cosy Christmas Teashop were popular reads and her next novel My Summer of Magic Moments is due on 1st June

May Laura

Another Lit Fest guest was Laura Barnett talking about her bestselling book The Versions of Us. I’m looking forward to her next novel Greatest Hits which will be published on 15 June. Will it have the same success as her debut novel?






Imagination Library

If you live in Airedale or Ferry Fryston and have a baby born after 1 September 2016, you could join this fantastic scheme. Come along to the Community Fair on 3 May to find out more and sign up.

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Bath Book Bed

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For anyone having trouble getting a baby or toddler to go to sleep at night, the simple  regular routine of Bath-Book-Bed can be a great help.

To help families find out about Bath Book Bed and get ideas for great stories to share, libraries are holding special bed-time story times 24 – 28 April. So slip on the dressing gown and slippers, pick up the teddy and come along to snuggle up for stories!

Full list of story times taking place:

Airedale  The Square, Airedale, Castleford, WF10 3JJ
Storytime Mon 24 April 10-11am

01977 724040

Castleford Forum Carlton St, Castleford, WF10 1BB
Storytime Thurs 27 April 10-11am

01977 722085

Featherstone Victoria St, Off Station Rd, Featherstone, WF7 5BB
Storytime Thurs 27 April 10-10.30am

01977 722745

Hemsworth Market St, Hemsworth, WF9 4JY
Storytime Mon 24 April 9.30-10.30am
Baby Rhymetime Fri 28 April 10-10.30am

01977 722270

Horbury Westfield Rd, Horbury, WF4 6HP
Storytime Fri 28 April 2.15-3pm

01924 303060

Normanton Market St, Normanton, WF6 2AR
Storytime Thurs 27 April 10.15-10.45am
Storytime Fri 28 April 10.15-10.45am

01924 302525

Ossett Ossett Town Hall, Market Place, Ossett, WF5 8EB
(Temporary site) Storytime Fri 28 April 10.30-11am

01924 303040

Pontefract Shoemarket, Pontefract, WF8 1BD
Storytime Mon 24 April 10-11am
Storytime Wed 26 April 10-11am

01977 727692

Sandal Sparable Lane, Sandal, WF1 5JL
Storytime Wed 26 April 10.30-11am

1924 303355

South Elmsall Barnsley Rd, South Elmsall, WF9 2AA
 Storytime Tues 25 April 9.30-10.30am

01977 723220

Stanley Lake Lock Road, Stanley, WF3 4HU
Storytime Mon 24 April 11.30-12pm

01924 303130

Wakefield Wakefield One, Burton St, Wakefield, WF1 2DA
Storytime Tues 25 April 1.30-2pm
Storytime Fri 28 April 10-10.30am

01924 305376


Poetry event


Come to the Fun Palace!


Wakefield Libraries are bringing together the South Elmsall community for our first ever Fun Palace to be held at South Elmsall Library, Saturday 1st October, 10.00am-12.00am. Fun Palaces is a nationwide initiative and was born out of Joan Littlewood’s motto “Everyone an artist, everyone a scientist”.

We’re planning free activities for this event and would love to hear from anyone in the community who like to get involved in sharing their skills with others; this could be arts, crafts, IT, sewing, or any hobbies or skills you’d like to share. Anything from Astronomy to Zookeeping is welcome!  There are many talented individuals or groups within our community and we’d like to bring you all together for the rest of the community to enjoy. Contact the staff at South Elmsall Library Email Tel 01977 723220 if you would like to take part.  

Everyone is invited to come along and try something you’ve never tried before!





Wakefield Lit Fest

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Wakefield Lit Fest is back! The festival takes place from 23rd September to 2nd October and you can pick up a brochure from your library or look online and book at

We are opening the festival on Friday 23rd with a visit from popular Yorkshire author Jack Sheffield, talking about the latest title in his Teacher series set in a fictional village school, ‘Star Teacher’

Wakefield author Michael Yates will be launching his latest book ‘The Gangers’ on Saturday 24th.

We have a bookbinding class with artist Timid Elk at Sandal Library on 26th and a creative writing group led by Ian Clayton at Featherstone on 28th.

Also on 28th, Schwa are taking over the Wakefield children’s library for ‘Threshold: an evening of songs and stories of hospitality.’

The author of the prize-winning Young adult novel ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece’, Annabel Pitcher, will be at Wakefield Library on 29th to talk about her latest book ‘Silence is Goldfish’.

There are lots of festival highlights and events taking place all over the district, so visit the website, pick up a brochure and get involved in this creative celebration of stories and words.



A Message from Lit Fest


It’s that time of year again and Wakefield Lit Fest is back! This year, Wakefield Lit Fest 2016 takes place 23 September – 2 October at places and spaces across the district and city centre. 2016 is a special year for Wakefield Lit Fest as we celebrate our 5th birthday – programmed by arts charity Beam and supported by Arts Council England, Wakefield Lit Fest has become a real highlight in the city’s cultural calendar and the seed fund needs you to make this year’s festival one to remember. The seed fund enables groups and individuals like you to get involved with the festival by producing your own events. The festival will support your event through marketing activity including listings in our festival brochure and website as well as festival promotion through our social media channels.  Be as creative as you like – your event could be a spoken word performance, poetry reading, book launch or anything that celebrates reading, writing and words – you don’t need to have previous experience just enthusiasm to devise and deliver a great event. Need help? We can advise you with planning your event just let us know how we can support you. We have limited funding for applications of up to £200, download the Seed Fund Application Form and Call Out information here. Hurry, the deadline for applications is Monday 13 June at 9.30am.


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