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

Best ever: 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

cooking 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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