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Welcome to your exclusive Cooking Club Members Area. Consider this place your private haven for all things cooking! Explore fresh content at the beginning of each month, and throughout the month escape into the resources whenever you need cooking inspiration, solace or joy.

If you are new to the club, keep an eye out for a welcome email introducing you to our team, and never hesitate to reach out to any of us. for any reason. Happy cooking!!

January 2022

It has been a very big couple of years we've all been through and the beginning of a new one calls for a bit of a reset of sorts.  There isn't a soul on Earth that has escaped at very least a significant degree of stress and this takes it's toll.  But there are so many things that we can do to help ourselves bounce back and it's a good thing that we all love food!

It was wonderful to see and hear the positive feedback from our guest Therese Cullen last year and so we thought we would again invite the experts in food for health to show us the way with their knowledge, expertise and delicious recipes in 2022.  

These recipes are great for families and diets of all kinds - you might not be sensitive to foods personally, but the health benefits of these delicious whole food recipes wil be enjoyed all the same and trust us - they are so delicious that you'll be swapping out the some of the old versions!

It's the new year and Summer is the season to celebrate fresh, crisp and crunchy produce. It's also the time to take care of our bodies after the silly season indulgences so we thought we would celebrate with 'A Fresh Start'

'A  Fresh Start' with  Jo Whitton

Jo lives in Far North Queensland, Australia, where she manages her business, Quirky Cooking, and enjoys the country life. Due to food intolerances and health issues in her family (herself and her four children), Jo began researching ways to improve their health through diet from the time her kids were very young.

In 2014 she published her best-selling Quirky Cooking cookbook, and began teaching allergy-friendly cooking seminars. However, about this time her son Isaac was diagnosed with severe OCD and anxiety, and Jo’s mission to help her son heal naturally began.

As Jo learnt more about the importance of a healthy gut for reducing inflammation and healing both physical and mental health issues, she began to focus specifically on traditional, healing foods and ‘food as medicine’, rather than just avoiding allergy-friendly cooking to reduce allergies and reactions. Not only did Isaac’s mental health stabilise, but her whole family saw massive improvements in their overall health.

In 2017, Jo published her second best-selling cookbook, 'Life-Changing Food' as a collaboration with Fouad Kassab (food writer and whole food chef). In her third cookbook, ‘Simple, Healing Food’, Jo takes a deeper dive into gut health and culinary medicine, and shares practical ways to transition to the traditional, healing, whole food diet that helped her and her family so much.

Jo loves helping families reduce the overwhelm caused by chronic health issues, guiding them towards simple diet and lifestyle changes that will heal and nourish, one small step at a time. You can learn more about Jo's story and the many resources incouding podcasts, online programs, coaching and mentoring to help you make what are ultimately fundamental changes to the way you live. 

We all know that it is food that sustains us but sometimes it is the adversities that we face (like those faced by Jo and her family) that really show us how amazing nature's bounty and our bodies really are. 

Jo Whitton and Quirky Cooking

Meeting Date:
January 28th 5:30pm

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The Life-Changing Food cookbook contains 128 delicious, family-friendly, gluten-free, whole food recipes. The focus is on gut health, and most recipes are suitable for GAPS and Paleo diets, with dairy-free, egg-free, nut-fee, vegan and vegetarian variations where possible.
 
Recipes include both Thermomix and conventional methods.
 Warning: this book contains the most delicious 
grain-free bread/pastry recipe, EVER!






Recipes

3. Gut Healthy Chocolate Caramel Slice - We had to share this with you as it's one of Jo's most popular recipes. A real winner to have up your sleeve for the rest of your life!

Jo whitton of quirky cooking
@jowhitton







 ella mills (Woodward)
@deliciouslyella

Our guest for the month Jo shares recipes, cooking workshops, videos, podcasts and nature. Offering a fresh take oon family favourites is her speciality so give them a go!

Deliciously Ella is one of those accounts that is honest and true and has been right from the start.  Ella herself is the kind of mentor that you wish your teenage children would tap into and that you wish you had yourself a little earlier too. She's chic, young, clever and brave and to add to all that - she's a damn fine cook! She's kind of the reason fine jewlery pieces and healthy eating got cool! 

4. Coconut Lemon Chicken - It is hot but asian cusines roll with it and encourage the body to sweat with even more heat.  It's fresh and tangy so you know you want to!

5. Baked Chicken Provencal - A family favourite with a brilliant effort to taste ratio. Full of veg and with the benefits of cook meat on the bone it ticks all the right boxes.  

6. Pork Belly, Beans and Pumpkin - This is a surprisingly easy dish to prepare that is full of flavour thanks to such a rich cut of meat. Enjoy! 

This resources section is designed to give you everything you will need for your month of cooking! Recipes, social media accounts, books, videos, jokes and stories.

Monthly Resources

The ethos of Deliciously Ella is to share abundant recipes that put fruit and vegetables at the heart of our plates, that taste good and are easy to make. With 10 minute, 20 minute and big batch sections, Ella shows us that cooking doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming.  Alongside this, Ella is keen to embrace all aspects of wellbeing, prioritising self-care. In the book she will share the important insights learned from her chart-topping podcast, bringing a wider holistic dimension and personal angle to this gorgeous, inspiring, healthy cookbook. 

Discover

Discover

1. Baked Fish Fingers - A family favourite that has stood the test of time, these grain free crumbed fish parcels are perfect for a summer evening with salad.

2. Creamy Strawberry Dessert - This is a wonderful treat to enjoy when the weather is hot and you are after something gelato-like.

7. Spicy Beef, Egg and Avo Bowls - Here’s a light meal the family will love that doesn’t take long to prepare. Double the mince for the freezer for a 'take away night'!

Purchase book

Purchase book

Life Changing Food
by Jo Whitton & Fouad Kassab

Deliciously Ella: Quick and Easy
by Ella Mills (Woodward)

Seasonal foods:

Try to shop seasonally and keep an eye out for these in season treats:

Vegetables: Chinese greens, Cucumber, Chillies, Hass avocados, Lettuce, Spring onions/green shallots, Sugar snap peas, Sweet corn, Zucchini

Fruits: Blueberries, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Honeydew melons, Lychees, Mangoes, Rockmelon/cantaloupe, Watermelon, Red papaya, Passionfruit, Pineapple