Happy Birthday to Quirky Cooking!!

Guess what?  My blog is two years old today!!!
“Happy Birthday!”

How time flies!  I started this blog because I’ve met so many people who knew that certain foods bothered them, but just found it too difficult to change the way they were eating.  They’d try avoiding dairy or wheat (or whatever it was) for a while, then give up. And so many people have the idea that healthy, allergy-friendly food is second-best, and really doesn’t taste good at all.  I wanted to show people that you can make healthy, allergy friendly meals (and sweets) that are so delicious, everyone will want some!  There’s no need to feel left out because your way of eating is not the norm.  I wanted to encourage people not to give up, that it’s not as hard as it seems as first – you just need to be creative and willing to experiment with alternative ingredients!  So, two years ago, on Boxing Day, I decided to begin a blog.  I came up with the name “Quirky Cooking” because people had commented in the past on my ‘quirkiness’ and my different cooking style, and it seemed to fit. 🙂

So here I am, two years down the track, still having fun blogging… and I want to tell you how much I appreciate all you readers, and the lovely comments and emails you’ve sent, and the chats we’ve had – I love talking to you all!  Please keep leaving comments and questions, and stop by sometime and have a chat, either here (through my chat box) or on my Facebook page!

And just to let you know how much I love to hear from you, I’m going to do my first GIVE AWAY!!!  All you have to do to WIN is leave a comment on this post (just click on ‘… comments’ at the bottom right of this post) about what recipe you like best on my site, or what you have found helpful, or even a question or a recipe request…  I like a challenge, so if you have a particular allergy, and would like some suitable recipes, let me know. 🙂  And the prize is…

A sample pack of Miessence products!

I believe that not only should you be putting healthy food into your body, but you also need to use only healthy products ON your body.  Your skin is your body’s largest organ – whatever you put on your skin will end up inside of you.  That’s why I love Miessence products – they stand in a class of their own by being independently certified to international food grade standards by some of the world’s most respected organic certifying organisations, namely, Australian Certified Organic (ACO), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and IFOAM (Europe).

Delicious - Gourmand Botanical PerfumeAs you may have noticed, I LOVE chocolate… so I thought it would be fitting to give away a sample bottle of my favourite perfume: ‘Delicious’ – by Miessence an irresistable combination of chocolate, honey and vanilla with a floral hint of sweet jasmine.  

Tropicana Body MilkI also love coconut oil and coconut cream… so I love the smell and feel of Miessence’s Tropical Body Milk... a light, certified organic body milk that soothes and moisturises skin, featuring raw coconut oil that creates a protective barrier against moisture loss, as well as aloe vera gel for nourishing and hydrating the skin, and jasmine essential oil.  I think you’ll love it too!

The prize will also include some other Miessence goodies – a geranium cleansing bar, sample sachets, and more!  For more information about Miessence, and why I love it, check out my Miessence site.  And leave a comment on this post before Sunday the 23rd of January to go in the draw to win!  

Oh, and here’s my very first blog post for those who haven’t read it… “Trying Something New”

Love from Jo 🙂

[Give away is now closed – congrats to the winner, Cornish Cream!]

64 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Quirky Cooking!!

  1. globechic says:

    Jo, your recipes are amazing and your commitment to update your blog is even more amazing. It’s a relief to find ways to keep healthy and still enjoy cooking. I particularly find the info you post about different foods very informative. Keep up the great work…I’m a huge fan!

    Happy Birthday to ya Quirky Cooking…

  2. Iwa Brown says:

    Jo, happy birthday to Quirky Cooking! I have only just discovered your blog in the last few days but i am obsessed! There are so many recipes i’ve seen that i’d like to try! Already tried your rice almond milk and also the steamed choc filled buns with cherry sauce…. and i love that the recipes are wheat free!

  3. Lara says:

    Happy Birthday, Jo! I have just discovered your inspirational blog, so I have 2 years of catching up to do! Here’s to many more years of Quirky Cooking.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well done Jo, Your blog is amazing and inspires me to cook yummy healthy food for my family. Thank-you for all the time and effort you put in and always being there for a chat. Your passion and enthusiasm for healthy cooking really shines through. Ann-Marie

  5. Anonymous says:

    Happy Birthday. I am having trouble looking for a sour dough bread recipe to make in my Thermomix, Do you have 1?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Ooohhhh where to start….. We LOVE your chocolate sorbet, breakfast sorbet, banana nut ice-cream (we often have this for breakkie),berry nougat with cacao nibs – over the torte caprese!!! I am seeing a trend here. We also have serene alisons book and I love that you are converting the recipes for TM. Thankyou for a fantastic blog!

  7. Jo Whitton says:

    Thanks Amanda, isn’t Serene’s book great?! I hope I can find you ‘Anonymous’ people if you win the prize… make sure you watch my blog tomorrow in case your comment is drawn!

    Re sour dough bread – I must admit I never seem to do very well with sour dough (my starter always seems to go mouldy), but the person you need to talk to is Chook Woman: http://achookwoman.blogspot.com/. She makes sour dough all the time in her Thermomix, and will even send you a starter I think! Check out her blog. 🙂

  8. Edith says:

    Congratulations Jo! All your hard work has paid off! Your so full of enthusiasm and passion and it shows in what your doing. Your helping so many people with all your knowledge about eating more healthily. Thanks for all your help, it’s very much appreciated. Keep up the good work!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Happy 2nd Birthday to quirkycooking! This blog has been a fantastic source of information and inspiration for me. Keep up the great work it is greatly appreciated!!
    Tash Conrad

  10. Pamela Walton says:

    Here’s Cheers to the Blog that’s just turned 2
    And to Jo and her passion for our daily chew

    Huge thanks to you Jo and your Quirky Cooking
    WE feel so much healthier and dare I say.. better-looking?

    You make it all so easy to follow
    Dairy free has never been so easy to swallow

    And who would have ever thought that the word “yummy”
    Could apply to Gluten Free food in our tummy

    You’ve helped me to make the most of my Thermomix
    With your caring and sharing of your tips and your tricks

    So my mate “Thermie” and I send you huge bunches of gratitude
    And let me assure you that is no mere platitude

    You help so many people in so many ways
    To so easily navigate the “natural health” maze

    Your inventiveness and culinary daring
    Are matched only by a nature that is sharing and caring

    So Happy Birthday Quirky Jo
    And may your Blog prosper and grow!!!

    We love you and thank you and this is the end
    Of my Thank you poem to our Quirky friend.

  11. Jo Whitton says:

    Pamela, that’s GORGEOUS!!!!! Thank you so much – wow – I don’t know if I’ve ever had a poem written for me before!! That is so sweet, and very clever! 😀 I’m going to have to put that on my blog for everyone to read – it’s so special! Thank you thank you thank you!! Jo xxxxxxxxxx

  12. Pamela Walton says:

    Absolutely my pleasure Jo. Hope it conveys to you just how much we all appreciate who you are and what you do! Cheers

  13. S Rudd says:

    Happy birthday Quirky! I just came across your blog about a month ago and it has been a God send! We eat very much like you (no dairy, low gluten) and have a Thermomix- so you can imagine the chair dance I was doing when I came across your blog via a search for almond milk recipes.

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes and your menu planning!! I am only just learning how to do that. I can tell from all the comments that I am not the only one you have been a blessing to.

    Congratulations on a great two years, with many more to come!

  14. Alison says:

    I’m fairly new to thermomix but it so fantastic to have your blog as your diet is so similar to mine. Keep the great recipes coming.

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