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

Best ever: 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

best ever: 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

best ever: 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

best ever: 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

Best ever: 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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