If you’re looking to add a bit of pizazz to your usual dishes – rhubarb could be the answer! This versatile vegetable isn’t given nearly enough credit, and most people wouldn’t have a clue what to do with it – besides stick it in a crumble of course.

So to celebrate the start of Wakefield’s Food, Drink and Rhubarb Festival, here are 5 easy ways to add a tangy twist to your menu.

Simon’s Rhubarb compote

First on the list is our resident chef, Simon Chappelow’s zesty rhubarb compote. This concoction is the perfect finishing touch to any dessert – why not try drizzling it over pancakes, vanilla ice cream or an apple pie? Or if you’re a real rhubarb lover, pour into small ramekins and top with fresh whipped cream. You can find Simon’s signature recipe in our pancake blog


2. Crusted lamb rack with rhubarb

Number two on our list is this punchy main from TV Chef and Ministry of Food master, Jamie Oliver. Rhubarb is often typecast as a dessert ingredient, when in fact, it can just as easily steal the show in a main course. In this dish, the crumbly crusted lamb is perfectly complemented by the tart rhubarb, giving your tastebuds a real treat!


3. Rhubarb and goat’s cheese salad

If you’re looking for something light and fresh, Greg Wallace’s rhubarb and goat’s cheese salad is the way to go! This colourful and fruity offering will brighten up any meal time and get you well and truly ready for spring!


4. Rhubarb and date muffins

Start the day right with these healthy rhubarb and date muffins courtesy of Delicious Magazine (and that’s exactly what they are, delicious!) They only take 10 minutes to prepare and are just 156 calories – it’s a no brainer!


5. Rhubarb crumble

Finally, we couldn’t possibly leave out the traditional rhubarb crumble, and like most classics, there’s a good reason why it’s so popular! There are hundreds of great recipes out there, but we particularly love these ones from Jamie Oliver and BBC Good Food.


If you’re a raving fan of rhubarb or this blog has inspired you to learn more, take a look at our Sweet Pastry class, where we’ll be showing you how to make a fantastic rhubarb frangipane tart.