Detail of cover of cookbook produced by the 11am choir of the Church of St Francis of Assisi. Proceeds will go towards aiding the needy.

A choir’s project to celebrate their parish feast day has become an Advent fundraising project to help the poor and needy.

The 11am choir of the Church of St Francis of Assisi released a 30-page cookbook in October featuring 26 dishes such as soups, rice, noodles, meats and desserts. The recipes include those from Peranakan, Italian, German, Greek, Korean and Thai cuisines.

The initial idea was to defray the cost of the parish’s feast day celebrations, held in October.

However, the Advent season has seen the choir wanting “to share our faith and the love of God with the poor in the parish”, said Ms Conny Hunke, a choir member.

Proceeds from the cookbook sale will be used to aid the needy.

One of the parish’s initiatives is providing free lunches to the poor.

The choir had wanted to do something unique to mark the parish’s feast day and thought about coming up with a collection of members’ favourite dishes as they enjoy cooking together, said Ms Hunke, a German national.

“I realised there is a longing to spend time together outside of our choir duties,” she added, noting also that parish is made up of people of different nationalities.

“It did not matter where my friends hailed from. What mattered was that this cookbook contained the yummiest recipes. This also helps me to in some way ‘bring’ my friends with me in the form of their favourite dishes when I return to Europe one day,” she said.

Some recipes came from the choir members while the rest came from other parishioners serving in various church ministries.

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By Darren Boon
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