‘Friday Suppers’ cookbook launched


CAFOD has launched a cookbook, Friday Suppers, featuring recipes written by the former recipe tester to the UK’s best-selling cookery writer Delia Smith.

The book was written by Pauline Curran, a lifelong Catholic who worked alongside Delia Smith for two decades, to provide inspiration for meat-free meals for those observing Friday abstinence. It includes a foreword from Delia and contains 40 meat-free recipes, written with value for money and availability of ingredients in mind.

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Friday Suppers fits in perfectly with our Harvest Appeal, during which we’d like you to ‘make a place at your table’ for those with less food to eat.

Make a place at your table today >>

The cookbook is full of simple, family-friendly recipes, perfect for a Harvest fundraising meal. All proceeds raised from sales of the £6.99 book will go to support our work helping those living in extreme poverty across theFridaySuppersCover world.

Discover more Harvest fundraising ideas and resources >>

The book’s author, Pauline Curran, said:

“I know that when Friday evening comes around after a long week, a lot of people are stuck for easy meal ideas. With that in mind, I put together this recipe book in the hope that it would inspire people to cook more tasty, simple Friday suppers. I admire greatly the work of CAFOD and I’m so pleased to know that my recipe book is contributing to this work.”

Long-standing CAFOD supporter and cookery writer Delia Smith said:

“When Pauline opened the boot of her car and nonchalantly unloaded masses of the most delicious food for one of our parish parties, I recognised instantly that she had a very special talent. She has a deep faith, and like many of us is concerned that so many people in the world do not have enough to eat. So, please buy as many copies of the recipe book as you can, tell all your friends, and then hopefully we will have a runaway bestseller, and from that a lot of people will be able to receive some help.”

Buy the Friday Suppers recipe book>>

Top of our list of recipes we can’t wait to make are Swiss cheese pancakes, hot king prawn curry and the very moreish Moorish vegetables with coriander couscous! And with autumn just around the corner, we’re sure that the recipe for pumpkin soup with chilli croutons will go down a storm. Get your hands on a copy of the book while stocks last and let us know which your favourite recipes are.

The meat-free recipes are also ideal for those trying to cut their carbon footprint in support of our One Climate, One World campaign.

Find out more about the One Climate, One World climate change campaign >>

To order a copy of Friday Suppers call 0300 011 5680 or visit cafod.org.uk/fridaysuppers

Frances raises funds for new dam in Kitui Diocese

Long-standing CAFOD volunteer at St Mary’s, Harborne,  Frances Kerr has set aside some of her holiday time to raise funds for CAFOD.

This summer her family holidayed on St Mary’s Island in the Scilly Isles. Despite only doing fairly short runs usually, Frances was inspired by the Hands On Kitui programme to run around the island and get sponsored. She is aiming towards a target of £500 which is going towards the renewing of the dam in Kitui diocese, Kenya, so that 600 families have clean water again.121 (1)

Frances said: “The island turned out to be 13 miles in circumference, not 11!  It was very hot, very hilly, and very scenic!  Family kept me company through out and kept telling me that sitting down was bad for me and it was easier to keep running, so I did!”

Well done Frances! Normally only running short distances, Frances has gone the extra mile to support those in need.

You can support her cause here.
Contact us at birmingham@cafod.org.uk to share your stories!

London Marathon: Run for CAFOD

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 This year’s London Marathon is on Sunday 13 April… and there is one last spot to run for CAFOD. Could that be your chance?


As a member of Team CAFOD, you will receive:

  • a free place in the adidas Silverstone half marathon
  • a dedicated member of staff to support you in your training and fundraising
  • tailored training schedules
  • weekly enewsletters, containing fundraising advice and updates on our work
  • fantastic cheering spots at the race
  • an awesome running vest
  • pre-race pasta party
  • post-race reception, with showers and massage

Most importantly, we will ensure that any sponsorship you raise will make a real difference to the lives of men, women and children living in poverty overseas.

I hope we can welcome you to Team CAFOD very soon!

The final registration deadline with the race organisers is next Friday 31 JanuaryUK-News-Bonner-family-London-Marathon-2013_layout-large

– if you are interested,  email us at cafodchallenge@cafod.org.uk or ring us on 020 7095 5329. For more information, have a look here.