Jane was born in South Africa in 1907 but she lived in Cornwall from early childhood until she died in 1990. She grew up in hotels, first in Padstow then in Newquay. She married in 1928 and brought up her three daughters in Newquay. She was able to travel in Europe both before and after the Second World War and she also made several trips to Africa. During the 1960s she made her living cooking in hotels. Her recipe book was written as a gift to her grandchildren.