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"We have endured and survived": Jess Rowe gets candid about family life

"We have endured and survived": Jess Rowe gets candid about family life

Jessica Rowe and her husband, Nine news presenter Peter Overton, have been working hard over the last few years to create a peaceful family environment for their daughters Allegra, 13, and Giselle, 11.

However, the doting parents aren't able to get their kids to cook just yet.

"It would be amazing if they would cook dinner but I'm not holding my breath," she says of her daughters. "I don't love to cook so it would be a miracle if my daughters suddenly wanted to cook, because they're not learning it from me.

"My youngest Giselle, she inherited my sweet tooth and she does bake a really good packet cake and packet brownies, biscuits, cupcakes, she enjoys doing that."

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Rowe is also delighted that she's able to cook a roast chook after showcasing her limited cooking abilities on her Crap Wife Instagram.

"I can do a roast chook now," she says. "My beautiful friend Denise Drysdale taught me how to roast a chook. Her parents owned a chicken shop in Melbourne.

"You baste the chook in peanut oil, add salt and pepper, shove a lemon inside the chook and cook it on high heat at 220 degrees for an hour, depending on the size of the chook," she says.

"It's so good and that is a bit of a weekly regular now. The other thing I can do is a pavlova. That'll come out on special occasions."

Rowe is also accepting her limitations as a chef.

"Look, I'm never going to be an amazing cook and I'm not interested," she says. "I don't want to be a gourmet chef. But I've learned really good shortcuts and tips that make life a little bit easier and that's all we want."

She's also been enjoying the downtime with her children due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is sad about her popular RSL show with Denise Drysdale put on pause due to COVID-19.

"I suppose for me now it is being with my girls and being a family with my darling husband and finding meaningful work," she says. 

"I love writing and I love connecting with people and talking with people. I miss terribly this year the audiences and public speaking and I was doing this crazy show at various RSL clubs with Denise Drysdale. I miss all of that.

"What I'm hopeful for is that whatever is ahead is going to involve audiences and connection with people and travel and it's going to involve having a laugh because family is laughing is what makes my heart sing."