By Love Serve One Another


For more than a century, a group of Christian women in Singapore have worked quietly, patiently and with great faith to empower women and to aid the less fortunate. They are guided by a simple principle which is also their motto: By Love Serve One Another.

This blog was approached by the Young Women’s Christian Association of Singapore – well, if you’re gonna be associated with anyone, it might as well be Young Women right? 🙂 – last year to contribute a recipe or two for a charity cookbook whose theme is favorite family recipes handed down from one generation to another.

I managed to rally a few Makan Gurus and Food Bloggers to contribute their favorite recipes and the response was very generous. A famous (and my favorite food blogger) even offered her time to test (in her kitchen) and edit the contributed recipes.

Anyone who’s had a family recipe handed down to them will know that the recipe is more a set of vague guidelines and list of ingredients. So when Tan Hsueh Yun reviewed the cookbook and found some of the recipes “streamlined” and “easy and delicious”, this is a testament to the work done by the non-professional volunteers.

There is not much information about the contributors because of the Christian practice of anonymity in charitable works. However, I must set the record straight: the recipes under my name are not mine, but because of an administrative oversight, all the recipes contributed by my friends were grouped under my name. The generous contributors are TTC, Joone! The Skinny Epicurean and Umami.


The YWCA has been acknowledged by the Ministry of Community Development and Sports as being one of the leading women’s organization in Singapore as well as a major provider of Child Care services for working parents.

The YWCA is not a member of the Community Chest, does not receive funding from it and hence, all funds towards social services is through the kindness and charity of generous supporters.

The proceeds from the sale of this charity cookbook goes into the funding of their community services, details of which can be found here.


Everyone is affected with the current economic crisis, some more than others. And in this dark dismal time of trial, we should still remember that there are people in a far miserable situation. Have a heart and help prevent the less fortunate elderly and children from going to bed hungry.

The YWCA Cookbook “SHARING FROM OUR HEARTS” can be purchased by calling Ms Tan Wen Hui at 6223 1227. Details and the order form are available here.

Also coming soon, a calender with recipes of homemade desserts. Kueh Ko Swee anyone? 🙂


Posted on 19th Oct 2008 in Food and Drink


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