A cookbook for ministry in a digital world


Welcome to foodthatserves – a blog for Christian hospitality. Romans 12:13 says, “Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality”. The last bit about hospitality, can literally be translated, “Pursue the love of strangers”. God has convinced me that he loves this world and he wants me to share his love with others using each part my life – including my family and home. My attempts to do this aren’t all that fancy, and often I need an attitude adjustment to get my goals in line with God’s. It’s my prayer that as I struggle to allow God to use my whole life for his purposes, others might be encouraged to do so too.

When it comes to hospitality in the home, I’ve found that I tend to use the same recipes over and over again- you know, the ones that are yummy, easy enough to cook for a large number of people, but don’t cost the earth to make. But I’m bored with my repertoire and it got me thinking that this might be case for lots of my gospel minded friends. So I’ve been thinking about starting a long-term project of putting together a blog of recipes and ideas that fit the bill for people trying to do hospitality in the home. My plan is to publish here a range of recipes that won’t stress me out when opening up my home and unapologetically focussed on feeding people good food that promotes genuine Christian fellowship – not so much for ‘entertaining’.

I also hope that others would use this blog to contribute their own recipes and ideas that fit the bill. If you’ve tested them out in your own kitchen and you think your recipe is a winner, I’d love to receive it at foodthatserves@gmail.com. I’m not interested in plagiarising anyone’s work, so if your recipes have a known source (person’s name, a website, a particular cookbook), please include that too. If I need to ask permission from anyone who owns a copyright, I would like to do that, so adding sources to your recipes is helpful.

I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas about this project so feel free to comment or get in touch. To God be the glory!


About foodthatserves

Welcome! My name is Jane and I'm a wife, mother and daughter of God. I love using my time to tell people about Jesus and cook food that gathers people together to glorify him. Here you'll find the recipes and resources I find most helpful: easy to make, modify and budget friendly. If you'd like to contribute a recipe that you've tested and fits these criteria please feel free to send your contribution to foodthatserves@gmail.com.

9 responses »

  1. Thanks for getting this up and running Jane! We had the lentil soup (changed a little but almost the same) for dinner 2 nights ago and I made extra for our church freezer. Just a suggestion – rather than file everything in “uncategorised”, maybe you can add tags like – gluten free, chicken, slow cooker… things like that? Many thanks again.

    • Hi Tree,
      Thanks for your feedback. I would love to add tags to the posts. I just need to learn more about blogging! I’m sure it can’t be too hard. Will look into it. Thanks again 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for this, Jane! We have a group of about12 round for dinner every Tuesday and on Thursdays cool for about 60 at FOCUS, so this is a winner! Love your work x

    • Hi Soph! How encouraging to hear about your weekly dinners of 60 at FOCUS. I will pray for you and the students today. Would love to post any recipes you have that work well for large numbers like that.

  3. Jane, have you heard of http://www.foodtidings.com/? It’s a site that you can create an account on for a person who will be needing meals (like a new mum or someone coming home from hospital). Then you send out a stack of emails to people who might want to help out and they can log on and reserve a day and thus a roster is created. The site emails you a reminder on the day you’ve signed up for so you don’t forget. There’s room to tell people how many adults and children will need to eat the meal and whether there are any special diet issues and where and when is the best time to drop off the food. We used it recently for a mum at school with a new baby. It worked brilliantly and 12 people volunteered and were easily coordinated for meals! It would be an excellent tool for anyone involved in pastoral care.

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