at home with...

Jo Whitton

From Quirky Cooking

You inspire so many with your deliciously healthy and hearty meals. Where did your journey of cooking begin?

Thank you! I can't really remember a time when I wasn't in the kitchen, cooking or helping mum, from the time I was tiny. Growing up, Mum cooked just about everything from scratch, using a lot of produce from our garden and the local markets. She baked her own bread, biscuits, pies, pastries, cakes... and her cooking was well-known amongst friends, family and neighbours! She always encouraged us to experiment and 'play' with food, and we were all taught to help with the family meals and baking from a young age. My older sister loved cooking the more 'gourmet' dishes and inspired me to try new things, and we still really enjoy cooking together. It has always been something I enjoy - I love the creativity and the challenges (especially when someone needs the ingredients changed for special diets) and of course the results!