26 December 2016

Donna’s Sydney to Hobart adventure!
  • Skipper Aaron Rowe and his super-talented crew will guide the 80-footer across the Bass Strait. Aaron says he's hoping for bad weather - not sure I am!

  • I’m on board to make sure the crew is well fed, properly nourished and get us to Hobart as quickly as they can. We have to be ready for anything, sea sickness, bad weather… we need to be able to roll with it.

  • There’s only so much we can control, that’s where the snacks come in. Little and often is good. Potassium, protein and power-packed snacks will help to keep the crew strong and energised throughout the race.

  • No running water, no kitchen and no light to speak of… I mean, seriously - I’m wearing a headlamp! Who’d have thought I would ever be ocean racing, cooking for 16 big blokes while sporting a headlamp! Not me, that’s for sure!

  • What goes through your head when you’re sailing offshore? Where’s the opposition? How fast are we going? What’s happening with the weather? And what we are going to have for dinner?

  • I’ve been testing and cooking for weeks now. Green chicken curry and rice works well in a vac-pack, as does slow-cooked beef brisket. Bacon and egg pies are a winner. The boys have requested schnitzel and lamb chops. Nobody’s going hungry

  • There’s a sailing proverb, “One hand for yourself, and one for the ship” it’s actually about safety, to hold on as you work - but it's also for eating. I think we can still get everyone fed - with one hand!

  • Sailing offshore is all about the people, they are the engine driving the boat. They make the decisions, trim the sails and ooze the energy to win. And that engine (or 17) needs good fuel to function at its peak, to be on top of its game.

It’s been a big year. Massive. TV series, new book, European tour, two magazines to oversee. So when the offer came to join the Beau Geste crew to sail the Sydney to Hobart (my dream) what could I say?

                                    With special thanks to our friends from Cloudy Bay #comesailaway

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21 December 2016

All-time favourite: Christmas mains

  • Your ultimate festive main

    Whether you're after a traditional turkey, glistening glazed ham, crispy crackling or melt-in-the-mouth lamb - your ultimate Christmas dinner starts here!


  • Slow-roasted lamb shoulder with brussels sprouts and crispy kale

    Pork or turkey not your thing? Melt-in-the mouth lamb shoulder nestled in brussels sprouts, kale and almonds is hard to beat.


  • Tarragon-brined roast turkey

    Without question, the most succulent turkey you will ever eat. Our brine will take your turkey to decadent new heights - watch our video to see how it's done.


  • Fennel black pepper and lemon slow-cooked pork

    Prepare for the accolades. This roast pork will raise the bar for Christmas lunch for ever more. Actually for Sunday roasts full stop.


  • Prune-stuffed crispy pork with roasted red cabbage

    Fantastically fruity rolled pork ticks a lot of boxes. A flavourful dish so tender and juicy we guarantee you'll be back for seconds!


  • Roasted turkey with cranberry and sage stuffing

    The perfect roast for your Christmas table? Classic and packed with flavour, this beautiful roast will be the star of the show.


  • Slow cooked lamb with garlic and rosemary

    The classic simplicity of garlic and rosemary infused lamb that also happens to be meltingly tender. Says Christmas to us!


  • Apple cider, mustard and sage glazed ham

    Pairing tangy apple and mustard with sweet maple and earthy sage - this flavourful show-stopper is set to impress.


  • Lemon thyme roasted chicken

    As delicious as it is impressive. The delicate aroma if thyme is infused throughout the meat and yet the skin is crisp to perfection.


  • Whisky, marmalade and mustard glazed ham

    Seriously glam but secretly really very simple using just a few store-cupboard staples. This glazed ham will become a family favourite for years to come.

20 December 2016

all-time favourite: christmas salads

  • all-time favourite: christmas salads

    Load up your plate with these fresh salads. Click each image for their recipes…


  • Char-grilled potato salad with mustard dressing

    These gorgeous crispy-skinned potato slices drizzled in rich mustard dressing takes just 20 minutes to cook!


  • Charred radicchio pear haloumi + hazelnut salad

    With a perfect balance of savoury haloumi and sweet pear, this protein-packed salad will be an instant crowd-pleaser.


  • Dukkah-roasted cauliflower salad with creamy avocado dressing

    Being a toast topper isn't the only good thing about avocadoes. Paired perfectly with fresh salad leaves and fluffy cauliflower, it's the ultimate summer salad.


  • Green bean sugar snap pea + cranberry salad

    Balance out the richness of your roast with a forkful of oh-so-fresh crunchy salad greens.


  • Quinoa + asparagus salad

    With fluffy quinoa, crunchy asparagus and a burst of sweet pomegranate, this salad will be a fast favourite amongst the family.


  • Red cabbage mango + coconut slaw

    Wow your guests with this Asian-inspired cabbage and mango salad drizzled with luscious coconut dressing.


  • Roast beetroot + brazil nut salad

    Make your Christmas feast a memorable one with this rustic, wholesome salad.


  • Tray-baked panzanella salad

    Don't think you could possibly fit in another bite? This super light salad is the perfect palette cleanser… to prep your tastebuds for dessert!

A collection of ​fresh and flavourful salads to complement your mains for a spectacular Christmas feast!

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18 December 2016

All-time favourite: Christmas desserts

  • Best ever festive desserts

    From billowing meringue to our irresistible trifle or the prettiest hazelnut and brandy cake finished with snow-capped trees, this magical collection of sweet treats embrace the spirit of Christmas! Click the images for the recipe.


  • Rum and raisin brownie Chirstmas trees

    These enchanting little rum and raisin brownie Christmas trees will be adored by kids big and small!


  • Raspberry and white chocolate trifle

    There's trifle, then there's folds of marscarpone cream, layered with raspberry jelly and white chocolate ganache, The perfect addition to your festive menu.


  • Classic Christmas pudding

    Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a classic pudding. All that's left to decide is which accompaniment... brandy butter, custard ice-cream or perhaps the works?


  • Hazelnut and brandy forest cake with cream cheese icing

    Straight from the pages of a fairytale, this beautiful cake is not only delicious... it looks like a magical scene from a winter wonderland.


  • Classic pavlova

    Adorned with pillows of cream and ruby fruits, the sweet, delicate shell of meringue encases a soft marshmallow surprise. Is there anything more festive?


  • Cranberry and fig bundt with gingerbread antlers

    Impress your guests with these perfect little bundt cakes finished with the sweetest gingerbread antlers.


  • Peach and sloe gin jelly trifle

    Take classic trifle to a new luxe level with layers of sweet meringue, stunning jelly and folds of rich cream topped with grilled peaches.


  • Smashed pavlova with mulberries

    All the flavour but with a more relaxed attitude, this super simple summer dessert is topped with cream, roasted raspberries and fresh mulberries! Pretty and delicious.

16 December 2016

All-time favourite: cocktails

  • Perfect festive cocktails

    Well, it is Christmas after all! Time to share some of our favourite festive cocktails to add to your drinks menu this party season.


  • Cranberry and pomegranate spritz

    If you need something festive fast this drink is super simple to make. Top it off with a few strategically placed berries and you have Christmas.perfection!


  • Fennel-infused vodka punch with blueberries

    Sophisticated and complex. This vodka infusion will leave your your guests thinking you're a mixology master!


  • Rose petal and prosecco punch

    The delicate aroma of rose water makes the perfect partner for delicious prosecco. Perfectly dressed with some pesticide-free rose petals.


  • Lemongrass and cucumber caprioska

    If you like a touch of tang in your party drink, this one's for you. A refreshing mix of lime, lemongrass and cucumber bring new life to white rum.


  • Rosehip raspberry and blood orange cocktail

    What's not to love about a tall glass loaded with chambord, rosehip, blood orange and sparkling wine?


  • Raspberry and basil mules

    Perfectly pretty raspberry ice cubes transport this simple vodka lime to a party-season high.


  • Grapefruit vodka punch

    A refreshing, fruity treat every summer party needs loaded with pink grapefruit, coconut water, vodka and a touch of vanilla.


  • Watermelon and mint cooler

    Sweet, juicy watermelon is the perfect fruit for cocktails and pairs perfectly with champagne or sparkling wine.

15 December 2016

All-time favourite: frozen festive desserts

  • ice-cold christmas treats

    Create your own little touch of white Christmas for your festive table with our stunning frozen desserts. And the best bit? You can make them ahead, set and serve!


  • Brandy-maple ice-cream panettone

    It looks like a panettone, but one slice reveals the sweet secret.. Luscious brandy maple flavoured custard ice-cream. You can of course make it family-friendly sans brandy.


  • Sour cherry ginger and pistachio ice-cream tart

    Don't sweat it out this year... enjoy many of the traditional flavours of Christmas pudding served neatly in a cool ice-cream slice - complete with a sweet ginger biscuit base.


  • Christmas cake ice cream truffles

    After feasting on the main event, it could be tricky squeezing in a pudding. Fear not! These dainty little truffles are balls of bliss.


  • Raspberry and eggnog bombe alaska

    Beneath the peaks of this showstopper cake hides a Christmas surprise. Layers of creamy eggnog ice-cream on top of tart raspberry sorbet make this the most stunning of festive desserts.


  • Gingerbread men ice-cream sandwiches

    The kids will squeal with delight at the sight of these whimsical gingerbread men sandwiched with ice-cream. Customise to your heart's content!


  • Raspberry and chocolate frozen trifle

    Wow the guests at your table with this incredible feast of chocolate cake, ganache, raspberry sorbet and finished with billowing meringue icing.


  • Frozen christmas pudding

    It's Christmas pudding, just not as you know it! Enjoy all of the traditional flavours wrapped in blissfully cool ice-cream. Perfect for the hot Australian Christmas.


  • Candy cane and brownie ice-cream

    Add a simple but festive twist to your ice-cream offering this season with tiny morsels of candy cane and brownie. What's not to love?

14 December 2016

How to: fruit mince pies

​Christmas isn’t Christmas without mince pies… these fruity little treats are festive baking at its best!

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10 December 2016

All-time favourite: edible gifts

  • Gifts made with love...

    From twisted honey caramels to rose petal rocky road and salted dark chocolate pudding truffles, there's something special in here for everyone. Click each image for the recipes.


  • Chocolate caramel brittle

    Simple to make and even easier to eat, these chocolate caramel brittles will be a hit among your loved ones.


  • Gingerbread cookies with salted caramel

    Packaged in cute jars and lovely ribbon, this adorable edible present is almost too pretty to eat!


  • Sour cherry chocolate and ginger mince pies

    A generous scattering of edible gold dust makes these mince pies even more special.


  • Salted dark chocolate christmas pudding truffles

    Whether you serve them with coffee or wrap them up as a gift, these chocolate Christmas truffles are a must!


  • Twisted honey caramels

    These adorable twisted honey caramels will make the sweetest stocking stuffers for Christmas.


  • Raspberry and rose petal rocky road

    Ah, rocky road… so pretty and so irresistible. These are best wrapped up and given to friends – before you eat them all!


  • Smoked almond and cherry panforte

    One slice of this delightfully decadent cake and you'll be transported to dessert heaven!

Who doesn’t love a home made gift - especially when it’s pretty and delicious! The hardest part is choosing which one to make…

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09 December 2016

How to: shortbread and raspberry slice

Buttery shortbread teamed with tartly sweet raspberry jam… this festive-looking slice is simple and seriously tasty!

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06 December 2016

Basics to Brilliance DVD – on sale now!

The Basics to Brilliance DVD has arrived just in time for Christmas! Catch every episode of Donna’s latest television series.

Each basic recipe, think the perfect tender steak, golden roast chicken, crispy pork belly, sponge cake or Donna’s renowned chocolate brownies, is followed by clever variations and simple flavour change-ups, so one recipe becomes many and your repertoire naturally grows. It’s the perfect guide to take you from basics to brilliance in the kitchen!

You can choose from four great gift options by clicking the links below:

BASICS TO BRILLIANCE DVD - $29.95 

+ Basics to Brilliance DVD

BASICS TO BRILLIANCE DVD BUNDLE - $59.95 

+ Basics to Brilliance DVD
+ Basics to Brilliance cook book

BASICS TO BRILLIANCE GIFT SET - $79.95

+ Basics to Brilliance DVD
+ Basics to Brilliance cookbook
+ Pot holder - pale blue + Cook’s spoon - pale blue
+ donna hay gift box

BASICS TO BRILLIANCE DELUXE HAMPER - $119.96

+ Basics to Brilliance DVD
+ Basics to Brilliance cookbook
+ Pot holder - pale blue
+ Tea towel set - pale blue
+ Medium wire rack + loaf pan
+ donna hay silicone spatula
+ donna hay extra large gift box

COMPETITION: 

We’re giving away 10 copies of the DVD. To enter, simply post a photo of a recipe you mastered from Basics to Brilliance on our Facebook timeline. See below for terms and conditions.

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30 November 2016

How to: easy passionfruit tart

​This fresh and flavourful dessert is an instant crowd-pleaser and ideal for sunny days.

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30 November 2016

Donna Hay warehouse sale

​Come down to our Sydney warehouse this weekend where you can get up to 50% off selected products. They’ll make the perfect gifts for your loved ones – or for yourself!

Can’t make it to the sale? Head to the donna hay general store online and enter code ‘christmas’ at the checkout to receive 20% off!

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17 November 2016

All-time favourite: Christmas sides

  • best ever christmas sides

    ​A good Christmas roast is nothing without its talented support act. So here's a little side-dish inspiration to help you create the most magical and delicious festive feast.


  • Prosciutto-wrapped baby carrots

    We're not the only ones dressing up this Christmas! These prosciutto-wrapped baby carrots will win 'best dressed' in the delicious category.


  • Roasted duck fat tarragon potatoes

    The secret to getting your roast potatoes to that perfect level of crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside? Duck fat. You won't be disappointed!


  • Baby asparagus with garlic oregano crumbs

    Add a little freshness to your festive table with tender, juicy baby asparagus, coupled with a crispy crumb. Perfection!


  • Thyme and champagne-roasted parsnips

    A splash of champagne and a sprinkling of brown sugar gives these tender thyme and champagne-roasted parsnips a caramelised flavour.


  • Crispy leaf potatoes with oregano salt

    You might have to fight over who gets the fist serving of these marvelously crispy and perfectly seasoned potatoes. It'll be a firm family favourite!


  • Green beans with almonds, oregano and lemon

    Simplicity is the secret to this wonderful side. A little butter, oregano, lemon and almonds take green beans to a whole new level of tasty!


  • Chia and sesame pumpkin with ginger-honey glaze

    Give your pumpkin a little Fresh + Light twist this year with a ginger and honey glaze. So yum!


  • Tray-baked tomato onion and currant relish

    The wonderfully harmonious balance of tomato, onion and currant flavours makes this relish the perfect accompaniment to ham or turkey.

12 November 2016

HOW TO: LEMON CURD

Add a zesty tang to your favourite desserts with homemade lemon curd. This simple recipe is perfect on ice-cream, cakes or swirled through a vanilla cream to top a crispy meringue.

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08 November 2016

All-TIME FAVOURITE: CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS

  • Best-ever Christmas cocktails

    Raise a glass and bring on the Christmas cheer with our fine selection of zesty, fruity and bubbly festive cocktails. Click on each pic for the delicious recipes.


  • White peach and elderflower cooler

    An all-round crowd-pleaser, a jug of this deliciously fun and fruity white peach and elderflower cooler will surely get the festive celebrations going in full swing.


  • Watermelon and mint cooler

    Sweet, juicy watermelon is the perfect summer fruit for cocktails and pairs perfectly with champagne or sparkling wine.


  • The A-Lister

    The harmonious blend of tropical coconut, zesty lime and fresh mint makes this Christmas concoction an instant refresher.


  • Pomegranate and blood orange punch

    Pomegranates can be a little tricky. To loosen the seeds, roll the pomegranate on a bench, cut in half and scrape the seeds into a bowl. Cheers to that!


  • The rum hipster

    No travel plans over Christmas? No worries! One sip of this ginger, coconut and lime-infused drink will transport your senses to a tropical haven.


  • Rose and blackcurrant champagne

    Blood red and oh-so-sweet blackcurrant is making a comeback. Paired with champagne and a sprinkle of rose petals, you'll fall in love with its magical charm.


  • Lychee and vanilla martini

    Shaken or stirred, this delightful martini is Donna's specialty cocktail. She uses deliciously pretty lychee ice cubes to guarantee the flavour stays strong!


  • Pomegranate and ginger fizz

    A celebration wouldn't be right without bubbles! Keep the smiles wide and spirits high with a generous topping of champagne with your pomegranate and ginger-filled flutes.

Whether you fancy a fruity punch or a smooth martini our favourite elegant cocktails will add a bit of spritz and sparkle to your festive gathering! 

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06 November 2016

Weekend baker: edible Christmas ornaments

Turn your home into a gingerbread wonderland this Christmas with these oh-so sweet edible decorations. 

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01 November 2016

Donna’s tips: for Christmas bliss

I adore Christmas. I love having everyone over to my place which usually involves a mix of classic and traditional dishes, as well as drinks to start, and of course, something spectacular for dessert. Try not to let cooking for a large number of people stress you out – there are plenty of things you can do in advance to help make the occasion as simple as possible, but one which will still be impressive and memorable. 

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28 October 2016

all-time favourite: frozen fruity treats

  • our favourite frozen fruity treats

    Who can resist an icy cold treat, especially when it’s packed with fruity goodness? Bursting with natural flavour, these refreshing iced delights are perfect for sunny days. Click on each pic for recipes. In association with Proud & Punch


  • Frozen yoghurt and raspberry slice

    This irresistible frozen slice is deliciously simple. The no-bake nutty base is topped with Proud & Punch frozen Greek-style yoghurt with raspberries, blueberries & strawberries and a sprinkle of freeze-dried raspberries.


  • Mango lime and coconut popsicles

    Made with fresh mango and ultra-hydrating coconut water, these tropical popsicles are the ultimate frosty treat to while away scorching afternoons.


  • Blood orange and mango frozen yoghurt

    Creamy scoops of frozen yoghurt are one of our favourite summer staples. When we don’t have time to make our own, we love this Proud & Punch blood orange and mango frozen Greek-style yoghurt, bursting with fruity swirls and tangy flavours.


  • Cheat's summer sorbet slice

    With vibrant luscious layers of mango, lychee and raspberry, this clever sorbet slice is what summer dreams are made of.


  • Fruit and vegie pops

    Treat your taste buds and get a bonus boost of goodness with these frosted pops! Packed with nutritious fruits and veg (including apples, pears, beetroot and more), they're the perfect feel-good refreshers.


  • Coconut lychee and raspberry popsicles

    You need just three simple ingredients to make these super-refreshing coconut, raspberry and lychee popsicles. Marvelous!


  • Watermelon and raspberry ice cream

    Beat the heat with this all-too-easy recipe for the creamiest, silkiest ice cream. Our clever cheat’s method means there’s no clunky ice-cream machine required, so you’ll have heavenly scoops in no time at all.


  • Apple cucumber and mint ice + pawpaw and lime ice

    A refreshingly icy granita bring a touch of subtle sweetness to sunny days, and these two super-simple recipes are packed with all-natural fruit flavours.

26 October 2016

all-time favourite: halloween treats

  • our favourite halloween ideas

    ​It's that time of year... when ghosts and goblins come out to play! And of course they'll need some treats that are fun, tasty and a little bit spooky! Here are our favourites for inspiration. Click the pics for the recipes.


  • cranky witch cupcake

    Who knew an ice-cream cone could look so sinister? With just a few simple additions, you can transform a cupcake into a witch with some serious attitude. Look out!


  • scary spider cupcakes

    Pipe two carefully-placed mounds of chocolate icing, add eight licorice legs and a few sprinkles and these seemingly innocent chocolate cupcakes will suddenly make your skin crawl!


  • wicked cookie sandwiches

    Put your pumpkin-carving skills to good use and create some wonderfully wicked faces for these jam cookies.


  • creepy chocolate spiders

    We know these huge hairy spiders are actually mini chocolate truffles in disguise. But don't tell your guests!


  • gingerbread skeletons

    No sugar-dusted cottage for this guy... he's the gingerbread of Spooksville! But he's super tasty and you can make him a few days in advance of your fright-night.


  • pumpkin meringues

    Don't like pumpkin? No problem. A few drops of food colouring and these sweet little meringues morph into Jack-o-lanterns!


  • vampire bats

    The kids will love making these little no-bake marshmallow bats, they are super simple and will literally fly off the plate!

21 October 2016

How to: spicy chicken satay skewers

​Whether you like them tongue-tingling spicy or satisfyingly mild, skewers of chicken satay are a firm favourite for the barbecue or grill – and now, they’re super easy to make!

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14 October 2016

quick fix: super green smoothies

Smoothies brimming with fresh fruits and vegetables, good-for-you ingredients and superfoods are our favourite way to give our bodies more nutrients and nourishment. Great to kickstart your metabolism in the morning or satisfy a 3pm energy slump, we’re sharing our secrets to help you create your own beautiful blends and get the perfect smoothie, every time.

‘I start every day with a large green smoothie that I make at home and then pour into a container that I can take in the car with me to work – I then sip on it all morning at my desk. My favourite blend is baby spinach, parsley, mint, coconut water and cucumber – no specific quantities of each, just whatever I have in the fridge.’ Donna Hay

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07 October 2016

ALL-TIME FAVOURITE: CHILDHOOD TREATS

  • Best-ever childhood favourites

    From delicate melting moments to our irresistible caramel slice or the prettiest coconut ice, this magical collection of sweet treats will have you feeling nostalgic in no time! Click the images for the recipe.


  • Choc-peppermint slice

    Sandwiched between a chocolate, coconut base and rich dark chocolate top is a burst of refreshing peppermint – all made in one tray. Too easy!


  • Jam drops

    These are an ideal baking project to try with the kids, task them with the job of making the little dent in the top and fill with jam, lemon curd or whatever you like!


  • Ginger honey jumbles

    The earthy warmth of ginger sets these sweet, soft pillows apart from the rest. Make them big or small and decorate at your whim, these honey flavoured favourites will have you coming back for more.


  • Caramel slice

    If you have a soft spot for a crumbly biscuit base, shimmering caramel centre and a perfect chocolate top - this caramel slice is very hard to beat!


  • Raspberry and vanilla coconut ice

    At every school fete, fair or carnival... there was always coconut ice. This pretty-as-a-picture version will transport you straight back. A perfect addition to your nostalgic repertoire!


  • Chewy chocolate chip cookie

    Crunchy and golden on the outside, delectably chewy in the centre and studded with molten chocolate chunks - these cookies are just too good!


  • Melting moments

    Who doesn't love a melting moment? The combination of melt-in-the-mouth biscuit and soft lemon filling is pure perfection. And the best bit? This recipe is super-easy!

11 September 2016

Behind-the-scenes: the team on location
  • It's shoot day. The dh team have downed tools to spend the day on the Harbour where the sun is shining, the water sparkling and Donna's just raided her son Tom's stash of plastic letters to finish the message on our retro sign.

  • Donna and food director Steve get the heavy lifting done. Now, about those cocktails... fire up that Smeg juicer and start pouring the Patron tequila!

  • Estee Lauder to the rescue... Donna gets a make-up touch-up. Drinks are lining up and the Royal Doulton glassware stands ready!

  • Time for a feast! Pork belly steamed buns and a sashimi bar teaming with salmon, tuna and kingfish - look good enough to eat!

  • The old wooden table stretches out along the pier and the food is piled high... at last, it's time to eat!

  • Little buckets of tempura sweet potato chips join the party. Then Donna and managing editor Pru dive into the dessert table.

  • It's a donna hay party, of course there's cake! Steve adds the birthday candles... then, prepare to sing!

​Those beautiful glossy pictures don’t happen without a whole lot of work behind-the-scenes. Click through the gallery for a little peek inside the world of donna hay magazine as we celebrate our 15th birthday issue. 

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09 September 2016

All-time favourite: coffee treats

  • Our favourite coffee treats

    Of course we love to drink it but adding good-quality coffee to your cooking is a great way to add extra depth and intense flavour. These are our all-time favourite coffee treats! In association with Nespresso


  • Mini almond cakes with coffee vanilla syrup

    A perfectly pretty little almond cake is transformed by a dollop of cream and a swirl of Nespresso Envivo Lungo syrup. This is high on our dream-dessert list!


  • Espresso sorbet-tini

    A glamorous dessert or a super-cool cocktail. Either way, the pairing of smooth chocolate sorbet and velvety Nespresso Cafezinho do Brasil is perfection in a glass!


  • Chocolate sponge and coffee cream tiramisu

    Chocolate... cake... cream... coffee... Tiramisu - is there any other kind of dessert?


  • Rich chocolate cakes with mocha glaze

    As if the perfectly rich chocolate cake wasn't enough. The finishing touch is a glossy glaze enriched with Nespresso Ristretto.


  • Coffee and brown sugar traycake

    Short on time? No problem. This wonderfully simple tray bake is your secret weapon. Just mix in a bowl, bake and enjoy!


  • Tiramisu sponge kisses

    All the classic tiramisu flavours delivered in one sweet morsel. Light sponge biscuits envelop the rich mascarpone cream mix and a devilishly-sweet Nespresso Volluto syrup.


  • Whisky coffee with spiced cream

    Rich and creamy, this whisky coffee is ideal as a nightcap or a wonderfully warming drink on a cold day.

09 September 2016

DONNA’S EUROPEAN BOOK TOUR

I’m so excited to be heading to Europe for a whirlwind tour for my book, Life in Balance. So, if you live in Germany, the Netherlands or the UK check the details below and come along to one of the book signings. 

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08 September 2016

15th birthday party!
  • The media wall... donna hay style! The white-upon-white theme set the tone from the collector's edition magazine cover all the way to the glamorous cake table.

  • It wouldn't be a donna hay party without miles of cake and this dessert table did not disappoint. Straight off the pages of the birthday edition we served coconut layer meringue cake, hazelnut mocha mousse cake, tiramisu sponge and more!

  • Of course the cakes had to be iced at the venue (or risk the unthinkable in transit!). But literally kilos of icing later - our Smeg stand mixer was going strong. Meanwhile, Donna sneaks a quick make-up check and slick of Estee Lauder lip gloss.

  • The birthday girl cutting the heavenly cover-star cake, which is of course - perfectly poised on a donna hay for Royal Doulton cake stand! Click the image for the recipe of the raspberry and cream angel food cake.

  • Party guests .. Kylie Gilles with Donna, Paula Joye and Jane Roarty with Donna.

  • Party guests... Melissa Hoyer and Donna, Alex Perry and Erin Holland

  • Party guests... Lynette Phillips and Donna, Loic Rethore, Donna and David Rogers

  • Aside from cake, guests sipped on Patron tequila lychee vanilla martinis and Nespresso sorbet-tinis.

About last night… to celebrate 15 amazing years Donna hosted a glamorous all-white affair with cocktails and cake… lots of cake!! With special thanks to our 15th birthday partners Estee Lauder AustraliaNespressoRoyal Doultonwww.smeg.com.au and Patrón Tequila 

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07 September 2016

donna hay team 15th birthday seaside celebration video

Back to where it all began! My amazing team enjoy a marvelous seafood feast along Sydney Harbour to celebrate 15 wonderful years of donna hay magazine. 

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02 September 2016

15th BIRTHDAY COMPETITION

​It’s our birthday! And it wouldn’t be a birthday without presents, but these gifts are for you!!


We have 15 prize packs of beautiful donna hay for Royal Doulton to give away, each valued at $538


All you have to do is snap a pic of our beautiful 15th birthday cover and post it on your instagram using #donnahay15 


Make sure you change your profile settings to ‘public’ so that we can all see your post!


Good luck!


See below for terms and conditions.

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26 August 2016

entertaining with: hummus

​Who doesn’t love hummus? The irresistibly smooth and creamy mix is perfect dipping fodder to serve with drinks or as a snack. But with a few clever shortcuts your hummus will be ready to party!

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19 August 2016

all-time favourite: Sunday roasts

  • Best Sunday roasts

    From crispy pork belly to slow-cooked beef brisket and tender lamb shoulder, these are our all-time favourite roasts - guaranteed to make Sunday special. Click the images for recipes.


  • Beef brisket with bourbon barbecue sauce

    This one's a favourite with dinner guests. Tender on the inside and crispy on the outside with a little added kick, thanks to the bourbon, paprika and cayenne.


  • Slow-roasted lamb shoulder with brussels sprouts and crispy kale

    You'll win the trophy for most beautiful roast. The contrast of deep browns and vibrant greens is enough to make anyone's tastebuds dance. A lighter option to roast potatoes.


  • Quick-butterflied-roast-chicken

    It's simple, it's quick and it's all in one pan. This butterflied chicken rests on sliced lemons, gently infusing the meat as it cooks. This roast is a mid-week staple in my house!


  • Crispy pork belly with cider pickled pears

    Who doesn't love a roast pork and pear combination! For a slice of Italy, drizzle your crispy pork with lashings of vincotto – made of grapes, it cuts through the richness of the pork.


  • Fennel and herb-crusted salmon with garlic potatoes

    As delicious as it is impressive, if you want to wow your guests with seafood on this will do the trick! Just add a simple crumb topping to a fresh salmon fillet add some tender potato chips and roast away.


  • Roasted spatchocks with port mushrooms and lentils

    This easy one-tray dish is my go-to when I want to cook a roast with minimum effort and maximum flavour. The bed of chorizo and mushroom really gives it that rich taste.


  • Prune-stuffed crispy pork with roasted red cabbage

    Prunes are my secret weapon to giving roast pork that hint of sweetness. A flavourful dish so tender and juicy, I guarantee you'll come back for seconds!


  • Milk-braised dijon chicken

    Not a traditional roast I hear you say, but the addition of some bold-flavoured mustard makes this a chicken dinner that packs a punch.

12 August 2016

weekend baker: the prettiest melting moments

Melting moments are the ultimate afternoon-tea treat – so dainty and sweet, they are also incredibly easy to make and, when presented on a pretty cake stand or plate, are bound to impress at your next gathering.

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04 August 2016

weekend baker: top five homemade breads

  • weekend baker: top five homemade breads

    I just love the smell of freshly baked bread – it's always better made at home! From seriously simple no-knead rolls to cheesy flatbreads and loaves, a big pumpkin bread or rosemary-infused crunchy knots, these will get you baking!


  • no-knead bread rolls

    This is the no-fuss way to make bread. The secret behind the no-knead process is all about fermentation. Giving it time to rise, instead of kneading it, lets the yeast work wonders. The result? Lovely, airy-textured bread.


  • garlic, sage and blue cheese twisted loaf

    The soft blue cheese mixed in with the garlic and sage offers a punch of flavour you and the family will love. The perfect accompaniment to pizza on a night in.


  • blackcurrant, brussels sprout and cheese flatbread

    Bread doesn't need to be bland. Bring your loaf to life by experimenting with various colours and ingredients. It'll look just like a work art, you almost won't want to eat it!


  • pumpkin, speck and fennel no-knead loaf

    I absolutely adore the unique flavour the pumpkin and speck add to this rustic loaf. It takes me back to the countryside every time I make it.


  • rosemary and provolone seeded knots

    Making these knots takes only a flick of the wrist. Simple, quick and elegant it's like a present for your tastebuds!

29 July 2016

family favourite: buttermilk fried chicken

​I can never resist a piece of crunchy and golden fried chicken, and, as with most things deep-fried, it tastes even better when you make it fresh at home! My southern-style recipe creates a perfectly balanced bite; soaking the chicken in buttermilk keeps the meat moist and juicy while the spicy flour mixture results in an impossibly crisp and flavourful skin.

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24 July 2016

weekend baker: sticky cinnamon buns

Whether you call them cinnamon scrolls or sticky buns, this pull-apart treat is a favourite treat the world over. They’re surprisingly easy to make and the end results are seriously delicious.

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15 July 2016

weekend baker: easiest melt-and-mix desserts

  • weekend baker: easiest melt-and-mix desserts

    I’m all for no-fuss treats, especially when I'm short on prep time! Stirring together a few favourite ingredients all in one bowl can sometimes be all it takes to bake the most beautiful desserts!


  • chocolate and maple banana cake

    In our latest Fast issue, we've come up with the fudgiest chocolate cakes that you can simply stir in a bowl and bake! Sweetened with maple syrup and ripe bananas, this beautiful treat is so easy to master!


  • blueberry and yoghurt loaf

    A gorgeous classic that never goes out of style, this simple yoghurt and blueberry loaf is basically no-fail, and a great recipe to make with the kids!


  • spiced chai bundt cake

    Adding the flavour of chai to a simple cake mixture elevates it to a guest-worthy treat! I love serving this cake for afternoon tea.


  • rum and raisin chocolate brownies

    The smell of brownies wafting from the kitchen is one of my favourite things. This recipe has the extra indulgence of rum and raisins – yum!


  • one-bowl banana cake

    This is seriously the most easiest cake you'll ever make! Melt and mix cakes sometimes mean you get a crack on the top, just drizzle with icing to cover it up!


  • coffee and brown sugar tray cake

    This classic tray cake is swirled with strong black coffee to balance the crumbly and sweet caramelised brown sugar topping – it’s perfect for morning tea!


  • lemon and yoghurt cake

    One of my favourite cakes to make when I have guests over, I just love the citrus tang of this lemon and yoghurt cake. It looks so beautiful, but it's so easy to make!


  • sticky ginger puddings

    These individual puddings are a great winter warmer – it’s so satisfying to dig into the sponge layer to discover the saucy goodness underneath.


  • date doughnuts with spiced sugar

    I love the addition of soft, fresh dates to these light-as-air baked doughnuts – they create a deeper, satisfying sweetness.


  • salted dark chocolate layer cake with milk chocolate ganache

    I absolutely love the combination of salty and sweet, and this beautiful layer cake from our latest Fast issue is filled with a cheat's ganache and finished off with a sprinkling of salt.

07 July 2016

weekend baker: easy lattice pie crust

A beautiful pie crust is simpler than you may think! Follow these simple steps and find out my top tips for complete pie perfection.

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01 July 2016

behind the scenes: Basics to Brilliance
  • This is Rob, my cameraman – he's also the one responsible for many of my fits of giggles during filming!

  • This is the dark chocolate and raspberry tart from episode 9 of the show – it was one of the crew's favourite day of filming (mine too!).

  • You caught me! Sneaking in a shot of the set for Instagram – you can follow me @donna.hay for more of my behind the scenes cooking pics!

  • Out of the kitchen for a change and soaking up the scenery... Sydney's stunning Bondi Beach at sunset.

  • Meet Wolfie, my director's dog who is a Schipperke/Pomeranian. He helped us out as an extra in some of the shots. Super cute!

  • Taking a peek at the shot of my rich chocolate truffles behind my cameraman, Warwick. How good to they look?!

  • This is my amazing Basics to Brilliance crew - thank you guys, it was so much fun!

Take a sneak peek into all the fun that happened behind the scenes of my new series, Basics to Brilliance. ​I was lucky to have such a fabulous team from Foxtel who made filming my new series such a pleasure. We worked hard, but we had loads of laughs and I suspect they were the best-fed crew in television! D.x

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03 June 2016

fresh + light: top 10 better breakfasts

  • Fresh + Light: Top 10 Better Breakfasts

    Start your mornings just right with our top 10 better breakfasts to fuel your day! From on-the-go smoothies and veg-packed fritters to crunchy granola or a twist on avo on toast, these recipes from Fresh + Light are perfect for any day of the week.


  • smashed avocado toast with soft boiled egg

    Creamy smashed avocado with chia seeds and a squeeze of lime is topped with a runny egg to keep you energised for the day ahead.


  • power breakfast smoothie

    Try my power smoothie for breakfast on the go - it's loaded with almonds, silver beet and sweet mangoes.


  • cacao and puffed quinoa granola

    Chocolate doesn't always mean unhealthy. For a sweet breakfast option our cacao and puffed quinoa granola is packed with crunchy hazelnuts, slivered pistachios and omega-3 rich chia seeds.


  • zucchini and brussels sprout fritters

    Loaded with zucchini, brussels sprouts and basil these good-for-you green fritters are gluten-free and topped with goat's cheese and zesty lemon.


  • quinoa bircher muesli pistachios blueberries

    I love making this the night before for a super simple breakfast the next morning. Cinnamon and honey are the perfect pair with chewy raisins and protein-packed quinoa.


  • cauliflower and rainbow chard frittata with lemon and goat's curd

    With the goodness of cauliflower and leafy veg, this frittata recipe is ideal served hot from the oven. Even better it can double as lunch or dinner the next day!


  • cacao and hazelnut spread

    Packed with good fats and protein, this cacao and hazelnut spread is best served on fruit loaf or slathered on pancakes.


  • apple bircher popsicles

    Frozen almond milk and sweet apple slices make this breakfast ideal to grab-and-go on warmer mornings.


  • ricotta and banana toasts with cinnamon tahini

    Sweet and simple, these ricotta and banana toasts drizzled with spiced cinnamon tahini is an ideal lazy Sunday brunch.


  • cinnamon-spiced granola shards

    Full of energy-boosting puffed rice and ground sunflower seeds and almonds, our sweet and spiced granola shards will be a breakfast favourite. Find this recipe, and plenty more healthy breakfast ideas in issue #4 of Fresh + Light.

27 May 2016

all-time favourite chocolate cakes

  • All-Time Favourite Chocolate Cakes

    The humble chocolate cake is adored by many, and for good reason. In this special collection, we’ve transformed this classic cake into something truly special with velvety layers, creamy chocolate ganache or a salty-sweet topping.


  • Milk chocolate popcorn cake

    Spoil the birthday boy or girl with this milk chocolate cake topped with a mountain of golden caramel popcorn.


  • dark chocolate pretzel chocolate cake

    My dark chocolate fudge-like cake is topped with salty pretzels – a decadent slice with a savoury finish.


  • Chocolate buttermilk layer cake

    Stacked as high as the sky, this four-layer sponge cake with lashings of chocolate frosting will impress at any party.


  • Beetroot chocolate loaf cake

    Sneak some veggies in! Grated beetroot keeps this loaf cake moist for an afternoon pick-me-up.


  • Chocolate mudcake

    Sometimes the best desserts are simple, and this indulgent chocolate mudcake won't disappoint.


  • Chocolate pound cake

    This luscious loaf is perfect for all occasions, from afternoon tea to an easy sunday baking session.


  • Flourless cacao cake

    One of our most iconic Fresh + Light desserts, this light-as-air mousse cake is gluten-free and uses no refined white sugar, so you can feel good about having that second slice!


  • Lamington slice cake

    An easy tray-bake that the kids can help with, this simple lamington slice cake is perfect for picnics or parties.


  • little molten mud cakes

    Warm, sweet and slightly gooey in the middle, these molten mud cakes are a decadent treat for chilly winter evenings.


  • Chocolate meringue cake

    This is my ultimate go-to chocolate cake: a chocolate meringue topping that's just slightly crispy, with a fudgey, indulgent base. Yum!

19 May 2016

weeknight wonder: tray-baked chicken

​This tray-baked chicken is my answer to feeding a crowd on busy weeknights. Placing everything all in one tray means your ingredients will beautifully intermingle while they cook to perfection, plus no excess clean-up!

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18 May 2016

favourite ingredient: chorizo

  • Favourite Ingredient: Chorizo

    Vibrant in shades of rich reds and kicking with smoky spice, chorizo is no wallflower pork sausage. In our winter issue of donna hay magazine, we use its signature sizzle in a variety of dishes sure to impress – here are our top picks.


  • smoky chorizo, haloumi and spinach breakfast waffles

    Start the day with this amazing breakfast waffle sandwich, with spicy chorizo, salty haloumi and a gooey fried egg.


  • chorizo meatball, ricotta and oregano lasagne

    This one-pan lasagne is ultimate comfort food, fragrant with the earthy aroma of fresh oregano.


  • chorizo bolognese with buffalo mozzarella

    One of our all-time favourite pasta dishes, we've used smoky chorizo meat and creamy buffalo mozzarella to spice up a traditional bolognese.


  • tomato, basil, olive and chorizo tarts

    Quick, easy and full of flavour, these chorizo tarts make a perfect appetiser at dinner parties or picnics.


  • chorizo and prawn skewers with piri piri sauce

    A great idea for summer barbecues, this prawn and chorizo combo is taken to another level with fiery piri piri sauce.


  • chorizo and bean nachos

    Settle in for a night on the couch with our chorizo and bean nachos.


  • chorizo pan lasagne

    A one-pan dinner that's perfect for weeknight meals, this chorizo pan lasagne is sure to be a hit with the family.


  • chickpea and chorizo pot pies

    Super fast and perfect for individual guests, these little chickpea and chorizo pot pies are so easy to make.


  • tomato, chorizo and goat's curd frittata

    You can add any cheese you like to this simple chorizo frittata, I like the tang of fresh goat's curd.


  • oven-roasted chorizo with pedro ximénez

    This recipe is from the winter issue #87 of donna hay magazine, and makes the most of flavoursome chorizo in this simple tray bake to feed a crowd!

30 April 2016

how to cook: the perfect flatbread

​These soft and smoky homemade flatbreads are definitely worth the extra effort. Irresistible when served warm and fresh from the grill, simply add your favourite dips, salads and barbecued meats!

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