CAFOD launches Friday Suppers Recipe Book

This Harvest, we’re launching a cookbook written by the former recipe tester to the UK’s best-selling cookery writer Delia Smith.

Friday Suppers

The Friday Suppers cookbook, available to buy now, was written by Pauline Curran, a lifelong Catholic who worked alongside Delia Smith for two decades, to provide inspiration for meat-free meals for families observing Friday abstinence. It includes a foreword from Delia and contains 40 meat-free recipes.

Buy the Friday Suppers recipe book >>

Friday Suppers is full of simple, family-friendly fish and vegetable recipes perfect for a Harvest fundraising meal and all proceeds from sales of the £6.99 book will go to support our work helping those living in extreme poverty across the world.

Make a place at your table this Harvest >>


Friday Suppers’ author Pauline Curran

Pauline Curran, from Bury St Edmunds, 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 – whether a parent cooking a family meal, or someone who has little experience of cooking but would like to give it a go.”


CAFOD supporter Delia Smith Photo:

Long-standing CAFOD supporter 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.”

Get your hands on a copy of Friday Suppers >>

The meat-free recipes are also ideal for those trying to cut their carbon footprint in support of our recently launched One Climate, One World campaign, which is calling on political leaders to take action to prevent climate change pushing people deeper into poverty. As part of the campaign we are asking our supporters to reduce their own impact on the planet where possible, with ideas including eating less meat, switching off unnecessary appliances and turning down thermostats.

Take action today: Find out more about the One Climate, One Worldcampaign >>

To order a copy of Friday Suppers                                                                            call 0300 011 5680 or visit

24/03/2014 Day 19 of Lenten Challenge

It helps now and then to step back, and take the long view.

The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work .

Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said.

No prayer fully expresses our faith.

No confession brings perfection, no pastoral visit brings wholeness.

No programme accomplishes the Church’s mission.

That is what we are about.

We plant the seeds that one day will grow.

We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise.

We lay foundations that will need further develioment.

We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities.


We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.

This enables us to do something, and to do it well.

It may be incomplete but ut us a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker.


We are the workers, not the master builders, ministers, not messiahs.

We are the prophets of a future not of our own. Amem
Archbishop Oscar Romero

Oscar Romero

23/03/2014 Day 18 of Lenten Challenge

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face… Do the thing you think you cannot do.”

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Former First Lady of the United States and Political Leader

Taking yourself out of your comfort zones is hard, and yet, as the quote states, we gain so much from it.

On Sunday morning a small group of ‘CAFOD Belles on Bikes’ set off,  invited to join Sustrans ( volunteers for a bike ride along the canal from Chirk to Llangollen. A great opportunity to reconnect with the lovely country side, in mainly bright weather with just a short shower of rain and hail.

For some of us it was a huge challenge to get back on the bike after many years. But encourage by the very skilled volunteers Ani and Pam from Sustrans, and as a sign of solidarity for women all over the world, who face incredible challenges every day, we pushed on. Anne Elwood had not been on a bike for over 28 years, but completed the 16 miles bike ride with laughter and encouragement of the female only group. Afterwards she said: “I feel this is my little contribution to make this world a better place. But also it will now get me back on the bike in the future”. Sustran kindly allowed us to use this bike ride as a fundraising opportunity for some of our women’s projects. We chose some from the world gift catalogue World Gifts.

You can still sponsor us:

And if you have ideas how to challenge yourself and support others, please let us know.


Team of ladies representing CAFOD